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By close consideration of Act 5 Scene 3, lines 1 to 160, discuss how Shakespeare uses the setting and atmosphere in this scene to bring the play to its inevitable conclusion.

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By close consideration of Act 5 Scene 3, lines 1 to 160, discuss how Shakespeare uses the setting and atmosphere in this scene to bring the play to its inevitable conclusion By close examination of Act 5 Scene 3, the reader can clearly see that Shakespeare uses many references to imagery, and also uses many descriptions to express the setting and scenery. The first point in the scene in which we see Shakespeare's use of description of scenery is in the stage direction, which gives an impression of fear of being at a churchyard at night and is also demonstrative of unrequited love. Shakespeare builds tension in the first sentence in the audience and we can see that it is meant to be set in darkness when Paris says "Give me thy torch boy." Shakespeare also brings tension when Paris says "Holding thy ear close to the hollow ground", which sets an image of graveyards and bodies and this image is echoed when Paris say "Being loose, unfirm, with digging up of graves." The image is reversed when Paris says to Page "Give me the flowers. Do as I bid thee, go". This juxtaposes flowers with life and beauty. ...read more.

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Romeo's speech becomes repetitive. He also speaks of the tragedy of his name being written in misfortune and echoes graves by saying "A grave? O no, a lantern, slaughtered youth", which refers to Paris. He then talks about celebration which is ironic because it is referring to an opposition as not many people will celebrate someone dying. "Death, lie thou there, by a dead man interred" personifies death. In his speech he shows the audience that he does not feel bad at the thought of dying. Yet again death is personified by Romeo's words "Death that hath sucked the honey of thy breath hath had no power yet upon thy beauty". Romeo begs for his cousins forgiveness by saying "Tybalt, liest thou there in thy bloody sheet? ... Forgive me cousin". He speaks of Juliet's death like it is an amorous monster and that it was an abhorred monster that lurks. When he says "And shake the yoke of inauspicious stars from this world-wearied flesh. Eyes look your last", he says that he is doomed and fated and has lost his will to life. "The doors of breath, seal with a righteous kiss, a dateless bargain to engrossing death. ...read more.

Conclusion

What's here? A cup closed in my true love's hand? Poison I see hath been his timeless end. O churl, drunk all, and left no friendly drop to help me after? I will kiss thy lips; haply some poison yet doth hang on them, to make me die with a restorative. Thy lips are warm", by this she knows that he has only just died, which is ironic and poignant. She hears that someone is coming, and says "Yea, noise? Then I'll be brief. O happy dagger!", she knows at this point that she has to be quick, as people are coming. "This is thy sheath; there rest, and let me die". She stabs herself before anyone gets there and falls on Romeo's body. We, as the audience can see that Shakespeare has used many different descriptions of the setting and atmosphere to draw the play to its inevitable conclusion. He also uses many oppositions and echoes from earlier in the play, which are most often ironic and poignant. If Shakespeare did not use these oppositions and echoes, the play would probably not be as emotional, especially near to the end of the Act, as that is the most moving part of the play. Also, if Shakespeare was not to use much effective description of the scenery and atmosphere, it would probably also be a very difficult picture to imagine. ...read more.

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