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Analyse Shakespeare's presentation of Act 3 Scene. Assess the scene's importance and it's impact on the audience - Romeo and Juliet

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Analyse Shakespeare's presentation of Act 3 Scene. Assess the scene's importance and it's impact on the audience William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' is a dramatic tragedy, and was first performed in 1595. The novel is about two young lovers, Romeo & Juliet and the struggle with their relationship. Romeo and Juliet are from opposing families, the Montagues and the Capulets. The conflict between their two families causes problems for their love of one another. Shakespeare's main themes throughout the play are of love, conflict and of youth versus age. The scene that we are analysing, Act 3 Scene 5 is one of the most important scenes in the novel. This is mainly because; the character of Juliet is developed tremendously. Juliet's feelings and thoughts are shown more in this scene than in any other. Other reasons why the scene is important are that we get to the see the huge gap in the relationship of Juliet and her mother, and also we get to see other sides of the characters. One other way of getting across Romeo and Juliet's struggle is the way Shakespeare uses fate. ...read more.

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The audience knows what Juliet means and this adds to the tension and drama of the scene. The audience knows that Juliet is lying to her mother and this once again proves how far apart that Juliet and her mother are. Juliet also says something to her mother with two meanings when talking about poison. "Madam, if you could find out but a man To bear poison, I would temper it." Lady Capulet thinks she is talking about mixing up a poison to kill Romeo, to avenge his murder of Tybalt. What Juliet actually means is that she would water down the poison, for not to kill him. The audience knows what Juliet means and therefore the audience is much more aware of Juliet's true feelings. At the beginning of the scene, when Romeo and Juliet are talking to each other in Juliet's bedroom, poetry is used a lot. Throughout the play Romeo and Juliet use a lot of poetry to talk each other, sometimes in sonnet form. As the scene starts, Juliet begs Romeo to stay for just a little bit longer, saying that the bird they heard was a nightingale, which is a bird of night, instead of a lark, which signals the start of dawn. ...read more.

Conclusion

At the start of the scene it is all about Romeo and Juliet, and them being romantic and being in love. By the end of the scene it is all about Juliet fighting with her parents and hate. This contrast changes the mood of the scene quite dramatically. This makes the audience more interested because it is more interesting for them. This relates to the major themes of the play because Shakespeare uses contrast a lot to keep the audience interested. Another way in which Shakespeare uses contrast is with the character of the nurse. She shifts her opinion on Romeo very quickly. Here she is talking about Paris "A lovely gentleman." She also says that Romeo could never compare to him. Like Lord Capulet her mood changes very quickly. In Act 2 Scene 5, it was the nurse who organised Juliet's marriage and honeymoon. Then now she decides she does not like Romeo. This shows how the nurse's mood changes very quickly. She does not seem to understand Juliet's love for Romeo. This makes the audience feel bad for Juliet; it makes them more involved in the atmosphere of the scene. The strongest contrast in this scene is between the idyllic and loveliness of Romeo and Juliet's world and the angry world of her parents. Tyler Coate 10 A1 Miss Lloyd, English ...read more.

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