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Act 3 Scene 5 of William Shakespeare(TM)s Romeo and Juliet is a dramatic clash of different perspectives of love and individual freedom. How does Shakespeare use language and dramatic devices to bring out its full dramatic potential?

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Act 3 Scene 5 of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is a dramatic clash of different perspectives of love and individual freedom. How does Shakespeare use language and dramatic devices to bring out its full dramatic potential? Romeo and Juliet, a tragedy by William Shakespeare, is the story of a fearsome love that can never be, between two adolescents. The families of Romeo and Juliet have been at 'war' for a long time and what the couple do crosses a line that should never be crossed; therefore consequences are inevitable. Act 3, Scene 5 falls at a fundamental point in the play. Romeo and Juliet wake up the morning after consummating their marriage and what happens next changes the direction of the play completely and turns it from a love story to a potential (and predictable) tragedy. In this scene there are various episodes, involving different characters, which change the look and the audiences' perception of some characters. There are battles of free will and love between the characters and we see different perspectives of love come through in the relationships. Overall - Act 3, Scene 5 is where Shakespeare shows the depth of Romeo and Juliet's love, as well as The Capulets' unpredictable nature along with collating all the main themes of love, death, betrayal and war into one scene and the final climax of the Nurse's betrayal. Juliet wakes up as Romeo is getting ready to leave, and asks 'Wilt thou be gone?'. This shows uncertainty and also sets a negative tone, which foreshadows the death that will come from their relationship and the destabilization of their love. Along with this she also foreshadows death with 'gone' having a double meaning. Following this she says 'It was the nightingale, and not the lark; that pierced the hollow of thine ear.' Light and dark imagery is used to show how time is against them and that if they only had more time then they could be saved. ...read more.


What unaccustomed cause procures her hither?'), is used later in the scene too, but to a much different effect. Many misunderstandings in this section between Lady Capulet and her daughter prompt many mood changes. Juliet and Lady Capulet are in full swing, talking about the loss of Romeo and the death of Tybalt respectively when Lady Capulet surprises her daughter with the news that she is due to be married to Paris on the next, coming Thursday, 'Marry, my child, early next Thursday morn, The gallant, young and noble gentleman, The County Paris at Saint Peter's Church'. This is supposed to be a good change of mood, from being very sad and sombre to being upbeat and happy about the marriage, but all this does is make Juliet sadder. This in turn makes Lady Capulet angry at Juliet not taking the news well. Lady Capulet and Juliet up till that point had been getting on quite well, due to some double meanings they had believed that each understood what the other was saying. For example, when Lady Capulet is talking about Romeo and says that '...he shall soon keep Tybalt company; and I hope thou wilt be satisfied' Juliet replies, in a way that at first sounds like it is agreeing with her mother, but with a closer look infers otherwise: 'Indeed I shall never be satisfied, With Romeo, till I behold him - dead, Is my poor heart...' This shows that her heart is 'dead' until she 'beholds' Romeo, but her mother sees it that Juliet will not be satisfied until she has the dead body of Romeo in her arms, but this can be inferred as a foreshadowing of what is to come, when she will be holding Romeo, dead, in her arms. This quotation is a prime example of the device mentioned earlier - caesura, as the end of the line and the punctuation are placed in different positions; causing two, different, possible sentences. ...read more.


The Nurse leaves and Juliet looks after her and says 'Ancient damnation! O most wicked fiend! It is more sin to wish me thus forsworn...' this is just Juliet cursing the Nurse as she is just calling her a witch and the devil, however she has gone back to using Iambic Pentameter, which means that she is now able to just sit and think about the love her and Romeo share. The last word that Juliet says in the scene is 'die', which is a foreshadowing of what is to come. This scene is the pivotal point in the play, from where Romeo and Juliet were just thinking of the time they spend together and not caring about much else in the world, to when Juliet is left alone, having to think about how she is going to sort out her life, because she doesn't want to betray her religion, but then she doesn't want to betray Romeo either. The mood changes throughout; Shakespeare depicts a romantic scene at the beginning, using birdsong and iambic pentameter to enforce it. Juliet is saddened by the swift goodbye she had to say to Romeo and then is saddened even more by her mother announcing the marriage. Following her father insulting every inch of her she finds out that actually the Nurse has turned against her and she is now left alone in the world with a big dilemma. She is forced to turn to her religion, as everyone else she trusts has deserted her. As the scene pans out, the birdsong disappears and when Capulet is at his full anger the iambic pentameter leaves the scene, showing how the scene has gone from love and happiness to sadness and despair for Juliet. Her free-will has been quashed and she is going to have to let the fates pan out her future. ?? ?? ?? ?? Will Dixon Romeo And Juliet Coursework 11/10/2008 1 ...read more.

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