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Act Three, Scene Five is very dramatic. Explain how Shakespeare builds up tension in this scene.

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Act Three, Scene Five is very dramatic. Explain how Shakespeare builds up tension in this scene. Before Act Three, Scene Five begins many dramatic events take place, which cause major tension in the play. The scene begins soon after Romeo and Juliet's clandestine marriage takes place. Shortly after the marriage is complete Tybalt catches up to Romeo and challenges him. Now that Tybalt is related to Romeo by marriage, Romeo declines to fight. Mercutio steps into the breach, and Tybalt kills him when Romeo tries to break up the brawl. Romeo, seeing his friend slain, is understandably extremely upset, and so, he hunts down Tybalt and avenges his friend's death by killing him. For these actions Romeo is banished from Verona, making it even more difficult for Romeo and Juliet to continue their relationship. At this point I believe the audience will feel a great deal of sympathy for Romeo and Juliet, as it seems almost impossible that their marriage could last. Shakespeare opens the scene with a very tranquil mood. Juliet awakens to her husband, but refuses to acknowledge the danger of Romeo's presence, she instead tries to convince him that it is still night, "It is not yet near day...fearful hollow of thine ear". She refuses to acknowledge the lark (the bird of the morning) ...read more.

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There is not much time for an argument between Juliet and Lady Capulet as Lord Capulet soon arrives on the scene. Once again Lady Capulet shows herself as very insensitive. Juliet begs Lady Capulet to reason with Lord Capulet pleading that she at least delays the marriage. Lady Capulet however, does not show any sympathy for Juliet as she says, "here comes your father tell him so yourself". When Lord Capulet enters, Juliet's tragedy intensifies further. At first, he shows consideration for Juliet, as he thinks that she is crying for Tybalt. Shakespeare uses metaphors effectively during Capulet's speech by connecting the imagery of boats and sea with Juliet's tears, "It rains downright...thy tempest-tossed body". However, as Lady Capulet informs Lord Capulet about Juliet not wanting to marry Paris Lord Capulet's mood instantly changes and he becomes angry and outraged. The first time Paris proposed to Juliet, Capulet refused him permission and appreciated the fact that Juliet should have a say in the matter. In Act 1 Capulet tells Paris "Let two more summers wither in their pride / lest her ready to be a bride". However, Shakespeare shows a great contrast between Lord Capulet's attitude then and now. Capulet now shows no appreciation for Juliet's needs, and tries to control her life for her, insisting that she does marry his "friend", and demands that she "fettle your fine joints 'gainst Thursday next". ...read more.

Conclusion

All of her life, Juliet has felt very close to the nurse, however when she leaves, she calls her a "most wicked fiend" declaring that she will never love her again, "thou and my bosom henceforth shall be twain". This shows that Juliet is already starting to live her life independently. At the end of the scene, Shakespeare emphasises how desperate Juliet is feeling by having her swear to kill herself, "If all else fail, myself have power to die". Her attitude contrasts greatly to her attitude at the beginning of the scene where she was a happy young bride, making the most of her time with her husband. Now the audience sees her as a young, mature woman who has lost everything and is prepared to die, and for this despite her tragic situation I believe the audience would respect her enormously. From the beginning of the scene to the end, Shakespeare rapidly shifts the mood as he develops the tragedy. The audience now view Juliet differently than they did at the beginning of the scene. They now feel great sympathy for her, whereas at the beginning of the scene, they saw her as a young woman with good prospects who could be admired. Her attitude has also changed from naive and innocent to determined and independent. They can see Juliet's situation decline as she uncontrollably spins into a desolate situation, which they know will only get worse from listening to the chorus in the opening prologue. Rehan Karodia ...read more.

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