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Act 3 scene 5 is a very tense and exciting scene. Shakespeare makes it tense in various ways. One of them is the use of language. Throughout the scene he uses a variety of style and pace of language

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Act 3 scene 5 is a very tense and exciting scene. Shakespeare makes it tense in various ways. One of them is the use of language. Throughout the scene he uses a variety of style and pace of language. At the beginning of this scene, the language is sad and romantic, and the mood is slow. We see this when Romeo says 'It was the lark, the herald of the morn, no nightingale, look love, what envious streaks...' Here Romeo is suggesting that the day is jealous of their love. This shows the slow and romantic language that Shakespeare has written, to give the audience an idea that this might be the last time they meet. But at this point of the scene, the audience are also worried (as well as sad) Because the audience already knows that the two lovers are going to die young. The audience knows this because, its says in the prologue ' A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life...' Here Shakespeare has used the devise of dramatic irony to increase the audience's tension. And Romeo is staying the Capulet's house even though, he is banished from Verona. But not only that , he is sleeping with the Lord Capulet's daughter , which makes the beginning of this scene really tense and exciting. ...read more.


When Romeo leaves the mood of the scene is sad and sympathetic towards the lovers. After Romeo's sad departure, the audience begin to wonder how Juliet would cover her emotions in front of Lady Capulet. To hide her emotions, just seconds before Lady Capulet comes, she begins to cry. At this point the audience are really excited and worried because, Lady Capulet would wonder why she's crying. When Lady Capulet s sees her daughter in tears, she says 'Evermore weeping for your cousin's death' Juliet then replies 'Yet let me weep for such a loss' At this point of he scene, the audience are relieved. But not for long. The tension begins once again only this time, Shakespeare uses fast moving dialogue. The tension occurs when Lady Capulet tells Juliet that she and Lord Capulet have fixed a marriage for her, with Paris. Now here the audience are really tense not knowing what sorts of emotions Juliet must be experiencing at this point because the audience already knows that she's married to Romeo, and now Juliet's Mother and Father has fixed her a marriage with Paris. Bigamy, would have been considered a huge sin as well as Illegal and would've brought great shame to the family, especially to a family of Juliet's, where she an heiress. Juliet refuses straightaway. ...read more.


Juliet replies 'Speak'st thou from thy heart?' Juliet couldn't believe what she was saying. Throughout the whole play, the nurse has been a mother-like character toward Juliet, and she has supported her throughout every decision, and she's the only one in the Capulet house who knows the truth. At this point Juliet is totally isolated. She's got no one to go to except Friar Lawrence, who is another person who knows the truth. Now, with Romeo gone, and the Nurse, no longer being able to help, she had no choice, but to go to him. By the end of this tense scene, the audience is on the edge of their seats. Throughout the whole scene, there's been nothing but tragedy and despair. Shakespeare has also created tension and excitement by using various techniques, some of them include, fast staccato dialogue, use of language and changing the pace of action. But Shakespeare has used another technique, which he's use throughout the whole scene, this is isolating one character through the whole scene, which in our case, Juliet! Shakespeare has made sure that the audience were always sympathetic towards her throughout the scene. This is what kept the audience tense and on the edge of their seats. ?? ?? ?? ?? 20th March 20, 2006 Waseem Ali Butt ...read more.

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