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Act 3, Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet is one of the key scenes of Shakespeare's play. Consider why this scene is so important and show how a production of it could be directed to create its full dramatic impact.

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Romeo and Juliet Coursework Act 3, Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet is one of the key scenes of Shakespeare's play. Consider why this scene is so important and show how a production of it could be directed to create its full dramatic impact. Act 3, Scene 5 is one of the most significant scenes in the play. It is Romeo and Juliet's last night together and Shakespeare has already shown us how risky it is for them to be together because of what has happened before the scene begins. The audience knows that Romeo should be out of Verona but is not, and that Lord Capulet wants Juliet to marry the County Paris on the Thursday of the same week. As we can deduce the whole play is kept in quite a short time-space. As the scene begins the tone is sorrowful because Romeo and Juliet both know they might never see each other again. In Acts 1 and 2, Shakespeare shows Juliet to be the centre of the events because he demonstrates how she is a young girl who has not experienced love until she meets Romeo, the son of her enemy. The playwright shows Juliet to be willing to accept the possibility of marriage to Paris, "I look to like, if looking liking move," but when she meets Romeo she falls in love and Paris' love does not occur to her. ...read more.

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"I look to like, if looking liking move." Shakespeare shows us Capulet's anger by making him echo Juliet's words, "'I thank you not', and yet 'not proud.'" Capulet also insults Juliet because he finds it hard to understand why Juliet will not marry Paris when he truly believes it is the right thing to do, "out, you green-sickness carrion!" However before Lord Capulet mentions the marriage to Paris, he seems caring because he says, "evermore show'ring? In one little body..." which shows that he feels sorry for her. Shakespeare also uses imagery to show sympathy, "Sailing in this salt flood; the winds, thy sighs..." Shakespeare also uses Lady Capulet's line to be dramatically ironic, Capulet asks Lady Capulet if she has told Juliet about the marriage and Lady Capulet says, "Ay sir, but she will none, she gives you thanks. I would the fool were married to her grave." We realise that Lady Capulet has little sympathy for Juliet because she had to marry young, and she knows that if she argued with Capulet she would not be being loyal. As Capulet's anger builds, Shakespeare shows us the full extent of his anger, "my fingers inch," which suggests that he wants to hit her but doesn't, however he knows that because he is the dominant figure in the house he has the most power and so Juliet should respect it. ...read more.

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This surprises Juliet, "...that same tongue which hath praised him above compare so many thousand time." I think that the Nurse's opinion changes because she sees Capulet's reaction and is scared of his response if he found out that she went against his word, also it could be a practical response because the Nurse realises that Romeo and Juliet's love has too high a risk and is pointless. Maybe she is also afraid of losing her job. During Act 3, thehs of major characters, Tybalt, Juliet's cousin, and Mercutio, a friend of both families. We know that Romeo kills Tybalt out of anger because Tybalt kills Mercutio. This creates tension between both families, Lady Capulet wants Romeo dead and Juliet knows this, which is why she has to be careful when Romeo comes to see her. It is the Nurse that tells Juliet about Tybalt's murder but still convinces Juliet to stay on Romeo's 'side', which is why it is a surprise to Juliet when the Nurse suddenly chooses to tell Juliet to forget about Romeo. Act 3, Scene 3 is when Shakespeare shows us that Romeo does not know who to turn to for help and so seeks Friar Laurence's advice, however by the end of this act it is Juliet who does not know who to turn to and so she too turns to Friar Laurence for help. ...read more.

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