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Why is act 3 scene 5 so effective in Romeo and Juliet?

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Act three scene five is one of the most important scenes in the play Romeo and Juliet. The reason for this is, is the fact that it is an effective piece of drama. It has meaningful lines which are well written and well acted to make it so effective. Romeo and Juliet is read in almost every school today and has influenced other plays and films like 2003's Underworld, where it was more or less the same, except the Montague's and Capulet's were replaced with vampires and werewolves. In the previous scene, we have heard Capulet talking with Paris about the forthcoming marriage between Paris and Juliet. At the beginning of act three five, we learn that Romeo and Juliet have spent the night together. This mixed with Romeo's recognition that if he stays he will die, and our knowledge of what is likely to happen if they are caught, provide the audience with a dramatic opening to the scene. The events of act three scene five effects the rest of the play in a larger and more superior scale than any other scene. The scene contains action packed romantic moments which interest the audience and keep them on their toes, which makes the scene the core of the play. Romeo has been sent into exile and the pain really starts to kick in because the newly wedded Romeo and Juliet have to say goodbye to each ...read more.

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Shakespeare also uses dramatic devices such as Juliet's final soliloquy. This is important in making the scene effective because we hear Juliet speak to herself in private, away from the nurse so we know she is saying what she really feels. In the scene act three scene five Romeo and Juliet speak in rhyme to persuade each other that Romeo should stay a little longer. This makes the scene stand out compared to other verses in the play which are blank and makes it effective. "O now be gone, more light and light it grows" "More light and light, more dark and dark our woes" This rhyme makes the scene stand out and shows the persuasion going on to stop Romeo from leaving so soon and shows how strong their love is. While Romeo and Juliet use rhyme to express their love Capulet uses no punctuation at end to express his anger. The themes in the play also make the scene effective, the themes in are the lark and the nightingale, the lark is a bird which signals darkness. In this scene Romeo has to say goodbye to Juliet for he is forced into exile. This is the last time they see each other alive, although they do not know this at the time. They have just spent the night together and when they awake the sun is coming in through the window and the lark is singing ...read more.

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She can only go out to family parties, and not to see friends. Her parents do not have a good relationship with her, but they are very powerful figures in her life, and she dare not disobey them, until she met Romeo, where she could not withdraw because of her strong love for him. Being devoted to your parents and never disobeying them was the custom in the Elizabethan period, but less so today, although parents would probably like it to be that way. A girl reading the play today would be astonished although some religions still believe in arranged marriages. The great and significant thing is about the play is that Romeo and Juliet are easily recognised as lovers and as people torn apart by love, even in our common language. Act three scene five is an effective piece of drama and is the core of the play Romeo and Juliet. It contains all devices needed to make it truly effective and great. It contains good language and poetry, great actors, theatricality, good historical context and contemporary relevance. All these features blended in with good acting makes the scene do powerful and special. As we know the play is still very popular worldwide today and is the basis of many books and films like 2003's Underworld, and is read in almost every school today. If this scene had not been an effective piece of drama the play would have been lost in time as many of Shakespeare's contemporaries had been. ...read more.

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