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By analysing use of language in Act III Scene 5 of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, show how he builds a sense of anxiety for his audiences. Evaluate the importance of this scene to the plot and suggest how at least one character might be directed

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By analysing use of language in Act III Scene 5 of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, show how he builds a sense of anxiety for his audiences. Evaluate the importance of this scene to the plot and suggest how at least one character might be directed Women played a completely different role in society in Elizabethan times than they do today. Wealthy upper class women like Juliet were expected to obey their fathers' wishes and marry at their command. Love was not a deciding factor in the marriages occurring between the rich. Fathers arranged marriages to obtain better links with certain important wealthy families and inherit money. At the time, there was much debate in whether women should be allowed to take part in arranging marriages and their feelings considered. In the case of Juliet she was forced to marry when secretly she was already married to her true love Romeo. Juliet at the time fought passionately to stop the arranged marriage. This would be most unusual at the time for young a woman to fight back against her father's wishes. This event would have surprised and stunned the crowd watching. This gives me the impression that Shakespeare thought love should govern marriages not petty issues like money and positions in society. Perhaps the play had a secret revolutionary objective in changing the very structure on which society worked upon. Shakespeare may have written the play to try to change the way marriages occurred in the classes. The play includes so much lust, passion, and love, he might have included these elements in attempt to show people how valuable and what a good thing love is. He wanted people to let love run its course instead of interfering like in the case of Romeo and Juliet that ended in utter tragedy for the star-crossed lovers, and the realisation of the Capulets that it was their actions that brought about this terrible event among others. ...read more.


Only if one was to analyse the play for a long time would they understand and see all the intelligent language use within its pages of verse and pros. Clever language is included in act 3 scene 5. The following work is an attempt to analyse various parts of it. Shakespeare uses all the means at his disposal - words, Images, verse to heighten the effectiveness of the tale he tells. I think it increases my enjoyment of it as a play. Shakespeare includes rhyme to add impetus and movement to speeches, to round of scenes, or when separate characters speak linked lines. Lines 23 - 36 include rhyme. At the end of eight of the lines out of thirteen, the last word in them rhymes with the last word of the next line this makes four pairs of rhyming couplets. In this certain text the two lovers are talking over whether it is time for Romeo to leave neither want to part and they are full of woe. Shakespeare makes good use of rhyme here to alert us to the fact something significant is occurring at the present time. This is linked to the fact there is a change in mood as Romeo departs. Possibly the rhyme also exists to reflect their anguish about their parting. Using rhyme makes the lines seem more real and passionate. This would give the audience reason to start feeling for the well-being of the characters. The pairs of words on lines 23 - 36 are relevant to what is occurring in the beginning of the scene the pairs, "go" and "so" are used to represent the going part of the argument, "day" and "away" represent the coming of daylight and therefore Romero should be away, "affray" and "day" represents the tears caused by the day, "grows" and "woes" could mean either with day grows our woes or it could mean something more sinister. ...read more.


She would be more timid and pleading when saying her lines 146-148 and more so in lines 158 and 159. On line 164 when Capulet says, "My fingers itch", this meaning he wants to hit her, he would grab her violently shaking her body and raising his hand after the shaking. Juliet would squeal shutting her eyes and wincing for the blow that does never come. In this contrast of emotional environments the room would be transformed from a world dominated by love and slight sadness into a raging storm of fury brewed by Juliet and even more Capulet. Music and lighting would have to be altered to accommodate this extreme change. The music would be more anger based and blunt to show the anger in the room. Lightening would have to be dimmed to reflect the darker emotions. The melodic natural birdsong would have cease due to its unsuitability for this particular part. Birdsong is not associated usually with the feeling of anger but peacefulness. Lady Capulet would support her husband's view and her expression on her face would be one of scorn and disappointment directed at Juliet whilst lines 126-148 commence. Her emotions would not be as to an extreme as the Lord Capulet her being a less dominating and short-tempered character. This scene is vitally important in the play and directing it would be a hard task. I think it would be best fulfilled by the author of the play himself William Shakespeare. In my opinion Shakespeare is a playwright genius. His language and his dialogue both support this fact combining to create a moving and exceptionally famous tale. It is unlikely in the coming history of mankind for another playwright to emerge as successful and as intelligent as Shakespeare. It is my belief his plays will be read for a long time yet by many who love good plays. It is a tale that will be understood and loved for many years to come. Shakespeare is not for an age but all time. ?? ?? ?? ?? Christopher John 1 ...read more.

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