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Looking closely at the characters and language in Romeo and Juliet, analyse the dramatic effectiveness in Act 3, Scene 5

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Sarah~ Jane Beck 11W "Romeo and Juliet" Looking closely at the characters and language in Romeo and Juliet, analyse the dramatic effectiveness in Act 3, Scene 5 William Shakespeare wrote "Romeo and Juliet" in 1954, although the basic plot can be traced back as early as the third century. In the play, Shakespeare relies heavily on the poem "The Tragicall History of Romeus and Juliet" by Arthur Brooke. Most of the people in the Elizabethan era were perceptive enough to concentrate on how the play was being performed and engaged themselves in the language the characters were using. Shakespeare's audiences had different expectations towards his play, as many of them recognised the story already, they were settled enough to watch it providing the dramatist's interpretation proved to be unique and original. I have been looking closely at Act 3, Scene 5 where Romeo and Juliet have just been secretly married. ...read more.


The strong bond that has been created between the two lovers before the audience's eyes is momentarily going to be destroyed; tension is created as an aftermath of this feeling. This tension carries on and becomes hugely greater as the news of County Paris' proposal is first heard of. The audience watch, already aware of the proposal, as the news is given to an extremely shocked Juliet. They wait anxiously for Juliet's sake as she learns of it, and so a dramatic effectiveness is cast over them. The scene is made effective by the use of irony from Lady Capulet. As Lady Capulet refers to her "joyful tidings" and Juliet's response is ironically a pleased one: "And joy comes well in such a needy time" But then the audience sees the real reason of Lady Capulet's announcement and the hesitation of the crucial words proves to be highly dramatic, "Shall happily make thee there a joyful bride" Juliet's intense anger would make great drama on stage, she shows her raging reaction well: "Now by Saint Peter's church and Peter too He shall not make me there a joyful bride!" ...read more.


He shows great enthusiasm as he enters Juliet's room, he seems delighted with his plan and congratulates himself on stage. Being the only man on stage, he is showing domination and the audience can see that he likes to be in control. He makes the women afraid; his centre role on stage shows this. The language that he uses is indeed very dramatic and effective. He poses questions to Juliet, being sharp and short when he does so showing how bewildered he is, and he vociferously attacks his daughter overwhelming her with numerous with numerous questions which she does not have time to answer, "How? Will she none? Doth she not give us thanks?" Capulet's sentence construction is cleverly disjointed emphasising greatly on his anger that is building up rapidly. He shows more of an interest in finding a way to answer Juliet's questions and his concern is more about his cleverness than the distress of his only daughter. He uses aggressive terms to Juliet, " you greensickness carrion", " young baggage", both examples are very aggressive and devegiating. ...read more.

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