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Analysis of Act 3 Scene 5 - Romeo and Juliet

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Shakespeare GCSE Coursework Assignment Act 3 Scene 5 Introduction Romeo and Juliet is one of the best romantic tragedy play ever produced. It was written around 1595 by William Shakespeare. This play emphasises two star- crossed lovers who are madly in love but the only problem is the hatred of their families, and the feud which destroys their love which ends in tragic consequences. This is what brings out the dramatic intensity of the play, which makes it both exhilarating and brings out a lot of emotion. The scene that I am going to direct is the most important part in the play. Why? This is where the tragedy begins. This scene brings out the dramatic irony and tension that makes the audience feel a lot of sympathy for Juliet and this is where both of the star crossed lovers fate lie. This is where Romeo And Juliet sees each other alive for the last time before their deaths. The atmosphere and tension I am going to create will be based on danger, tension, emotion, hatred, revenge and premonition. Premonition is the feeling that something is going to happen especially something unpleasant. Although there is happiness in the scene as Romeo and Juliet have spent their wedding night together and the intense joy that they have experienced with each other, the happiness is tinged with sadness. ...read more.

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This shows the audience that Juliet has become independent and stronger and what most saddens the audience is that she is fighting all on her own. She shouts and screams, " I pray you, tell my lord and father I will not marry yet." She says that she will not marry 'yet'. By this she is saying that she needs more time to think about it BUT actually she is planning to solve the problem that she has got her self into by marrying Romeo. Juliet's mother is not happy and does not support Juliet's decision. Her Mother is shocked and says," Here comes your father, tell him yourself." This shows an amount of hatred that her mother has and how horrible and cruel she is. Her mother goes out of the room and comes back in with Juliet's father who is an immense amount of anger, what makes the audience feel more sympathetic towards Juliet is when her Mother says to Juliet's father, "I would the fool were married to her grave." She is saying that she is ashamed of Juliet and that she'd rather see Juliet dead. Lady Capulet will regret this later in the play, as what she has just said is dramatic irony and will surely come true. This is so cold and it shocks the audience who are asking themselves of how can a Mother say that to her own daughter? ...read more.

Conclusion

When Juliet was begging to her father it showed how much commitment and how much love and loyalty she had for Romeo. It also showed two selfish parents' and a nurse who had always supported Juliet but turned into a bitter and deceptive person. This is where the real tragedy leads to and I think the whole reason why Shakespeare has chosen to show this is to emphasise that bad decisions can lead to tragic and frightening consequences as it did with Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare wrote an immense amount of plays but whatever their theme may be they all have one thing in common. This is the message that he tries to put across to people. He has such a brilliant imagination, that his plays still captivate our attention. At the beginning of year 10, I went to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre to see Romeo and Juliet and to be honest I could not have been so interested and fascinated about such a scene as it made me jump! It was a great experience for me to see that play as it really help me in this essay. I think that Shakespeare tried to say that there is nothing good or important about family hatred and that parents' should be more loving and supportive to their children, just as Juliet was isolated and the whole world turned against her and Romeo because of their exhilarating love for each other. ...read more.

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