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Analyse the devices in Act 3 Scene 5 and how the bring dramatic effectiveness to the play

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Romeo & Juliet Romeo & Juliet is set in Verona - Italy. Presumably in Elizabethan times (late 1500's early 1600's) at the end of the Dark Ages and the beginning of the Renaissance period. The prologue informs the audience of the 'star crossed' lovers fate which sets the scene for a tragedy. Leading up to Act 3 Scene 5 (which is the halfway point) many events occur such as the Capulets and Montagues being told by the Prince that if they continue their feuding their lives would be taken to keep the peace, Romeo & Juliet are married in secret by Father Lawrence, Mercutio is murdered by Tybalt thus making Romeo avenge his death by slaying Tybalt, Romeo was then banished to Mantua by the Prince, this is where Act 3 Scene 5 begins. Language is one of the key points of any Shakespeare play but in Romeo and Juliet it not only adds to setting the scene and makes the many speeches poetic and romantic, but it contributes to the dramatic effectiveness of the entire play. Shakespeare is famous for his poetic verses which are referred to as iambic pentameter which is the way which he phrases his verses. There are drastic changes between poetic verse to blunt monosyllables this contrast makes this scene more dramatic and effective "Night's candles are burnt out, and jocund day stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops, I must be gone and live or stay and die." ...read more.


Shakespeare's play was a bit of a revolution for its era because it was set in Elizabethan times women's position in society was very much that they were dominated and ruled by the men they didn't work and were considered to be fit only for house work and if they were poor looking after their children. In those days only ladies from noble families would have been educated, but they wouldn't have been allowed to go to university, marriage was the only sort of future a woman had and Shakespeare seems to challenge people's view points of women's place in society by giving Juliet the freedom to make her own choices such as her decision to marry Romeo this paved the way for open thinking and a re-evaluation of women. Shakespeare's views made the play very dramatic and effective instead of having the usual subservient women he created a new 'breed' of woman - Juliet. Although her decisions ended in her death it did end in a truce between the Montague and Capulet families. The characters - the way they are portrayed is crucial to the dramatic and effectiveness of this scene and it lies heavily on their dialogue and what they are like. Capulet acts superior, caring and polite, but when Juliet disobeys him he shows a completely different side of him and he gets very angry and resorts to near physical abuse, this would ...read more.


All together I think the techniques that makes this scene dramatic and effective lies with the language Shakespeare wields, and the way he portrays the characters especially Juliet. As a piece of theatre I think it would be full of suspense and very beautiful to watch the stagecraft would be much better with elaborate scenery and costumes and better lighting than Shakespeare could have used back in his day, the thing that would be lost on us though is the woman's position in society as we don't have much of a problem anymore we would be thinking 'why on earth didn't she just run away with Romeo instead of killing herself' but that is part of what makes Romeo & Juliet dramatic and effective because in Elizabethan times it would have challenged their beliefs and nowadays it still manages to do that, and I must admit I was not very intrigued by his use of language it just seemed like a lot of waffle to me but now I have read and studied the play in particular this scene it has definitely started to grow on me so overall I think that Act 3 Scene 5 is full of dramatic effects, it shows lots of different perspectives and poses a lot of questions, as a piece of theatre I think lots of people would be very interested in seeing it myself included. ...read more.

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