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Act 3, scene 5 is very dramatic. Explain how Shakespeare builds tension in this scene.

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Act 3, scene 5 is very dramatic. Explain how Shakespeare builds tension in this scene. Before act 3 scene 5 happens many important events take place, these include Romeo and Juliet secretly getting married, then Romeo killing Tybolt as revenge for Mercutio's death. As a result of this Romeo is going to be banished while this is happening Juliet's father is arranging for her to marry Paris. At the beginning of the scene Romeo and Juliet wake up and Juliet tries to tell Romeo it is not day 'wilt thou be gone, it is not yet near day'. This is because she doesn't want Romeo to leave. Romeo then reminds her that if he is caught in Verona he will automatically be killed 'come death and welcome Juliet wills it so'. This part of the scene is not yet very tense, it is very romantic and emotional and the audience will feel sad for Romeo and Juliet because they can't be together. In this part of the scene there are a lot of images of love. ...read more.

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Lady Capulet doesn't get the reaction that she expects. Lady Capulet expects Juliet to be pleased. In Elizabethan times children would have done exactly what adults said. When Juliet doesn't her mother disowns her. When she is not pleased because she is already married to Romeo She says 'He shall not make me there a joyful bride'. Her mother then downs her 'Do as thou wilt for I have done with thee' and tells her she can tell her father herself that she will not marry Paris. When Capulet enters the mood of the scene quickly changes, the pace of the scene becomes quicker and tenser. The tension mounts as Capulet starts shouting and being threatening towards Juliet. An example of this is when he says 'I will drag thee on a hurdle thither' and then 'out you green sickness carrion out you baggage'. An Elizabethan audience would not have been as shocked at Capulet's behaviour as a modern day audience. ...read more.

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We get the impression that the nurse has brought Juliet up. Juliet's mother quickly downs her when she refuses to marry Paris. As the nurse also turns her back on Juliet she has no choice but to turn to Friar Lawrence. At the end of the scene Shakespeare leaves the audience with a final image of Juliet on her own because it shows how everyone has turned their back on her, first Romeo, then her father, then her mother and then the nurse. She has no-one left to turn to. This makes it a tense and effective ending because the audience don't know what Juliet will do next. Will she kill herself because she has become so isolated? The audience may believe she will when she says 'If all else fail, myself have power to die'. This shows that if Friar Lawrence's poison doesn't work she would rather be dead than marry Paris and stay part of her family. This leaves the audience on a 'cliff hanger' and eager to know how Romeo and Juliet will die and if they will meet again. Jenny Holroyd 11E1 ...read more.

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