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Romeo and Juliet - Analyse the dramatic moments of the final scene of the play (from the words

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Analyse the dramatic moments of the final scene of the play (from the words "O my love, my wife!" to the end of the scene) and explore ways in which they could best be presented to the audience. The last scene in 'Romeo and Juliet' is full of dramatic interest. This scene excites an already anxious audience, who by now are desperate to discover the fate of these 'star-crossed lovers'. In this final scene the depth of Romeo and Juliet's love for each other is confirmed when it is realised that they are truly prepared to die rather than live without each other. Nonetheless, Shakespeare keeps his audience guessing and hoping to the end. They are plagued with questions: Will Romeo arrive in time? Will Juliet wake before it is too late? How will Juliet cope with Romeo's death? What will happen in Verona once the double suicide is discovered? Will the families continue their feud? What will happen to Lawrence? No sooner is one question answered than another is posed in the minds of the audience. Shakespeare keeps them on the edge of their seats throughout this final scene. In the section of the play I have been asked to analyse, I think the first key point of dramatic interest is when Romeo comments on the lifelike colour of Juliet's skin, while she is lying in the tomb. ...read more.

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Romeo! O pale! Who else? What, Paris too? And steeped in blood?... His confusion and fear is clearly demonstrated through this rapid succession of rhetorical questions. The director really wants to make the Friar's fear and sense of urgency come across strongly. He does this by making Friar Lawrence speak these short sentences very quickly. Also once Friar Lawrence realises what has happened he has little time, and you can hear the desperation in his voice as he repeatedly urges Juliet to hurry away: 'I hear some noise, lady. Come from that nest of death... Come, come away... ...the watch is coming, Come, go, good Juliet... The repetition of the word 'come' emphasises Friar Lawrence's frustration as Juliet refuses to comply. Shakespeare's description of the scene as a 'nest' also highlights the tragedy of these deaths, as it draws attention to the fact that all those who are dead are very young people, who have died long before their time. When Juliet finally sees Romeo's limp corpse on the floor she absolutely refuses to leave the scene: 'Go, get thee hence, for I will not away.' Fearing for his own life the Friar is forced to leave her there alone: '...the watch is coming ...I dare no longer stay.' The way Juliet discovers Romeo's body can also add to the dramatic moments of this final scene. ...read more.

Conclusion

so long: '...heaven finds means to kill...with love And I, for winking at your discords too' Still full of questions the audience are wondering what will come of this? The resolution comes when both fathers recognise the consequences of their rivalry. The blood of their own children has been spilled. Deciding to end their feud forever Capulet beckons Montague: 'O brother Montague, give me they hand' Both agree to 'raise...statues in pure gold' of Juliet and Romeo' The Prince's dramatic words end the play. His words are emphasised because they form a rhyming couplet: 'For never was a story of more woe Than this of Juliet and her Romeo' The final three speeches are in the form of a sonnet, they are powerful and compelling, and should be spoken with strong clear diction. As has been shown this final scene of Romeo and Juliet is dramatic. If well directed the tension of this drama can be heightened, thus increasing not only the enjoyment but also the audiences understanding of the play. The image on stage of these three young bodies laid on stage close to each as if in a nest can be a highly emotive. It would seem likely that at the end of the play both Shakespearian and modern audiences will leave the theatre perhaps wiser, but at least contemplating the futility of such violent young deaths. By Martin O'Brien 10B ...read more.

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