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Closely examine Act Scene of 'Romeo and Juliet', How true is it to say that it is the pivotal scene in the play? What advice would you give the director of a theatrical production?

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Closely examine Act �� Scene �� of 'Romeo and Juliet', How true is it to say that it is the pivotal scene in the play? What advice would you give the director of a theatrical production? There are several strong cases for Act 3 scene 5 being the pivotal, most important and significant scene in the play. To begin with, it is the last time that Romeo and Juliet are together, alive and well, after this scene Romeo goes to Manchua, and returns only to be near Juliet to die. Until this scene the audience will be convinced that Juliet has a very strong relationship with Nurse, they are obviously a lot closer than Juliet and her mother are, and Juliet relies on Nurse for advice and support. During Art three scene five, the audience's perception of Nurse changes, and Juliet no longer looks to her for support. Nurse has betrayed Juliet, she and Friar Lawrence were the two who knew and believed in Romeo and Juliet's love, and Nurse abandons Juliet in a way in this scene, telling her to marry Paris, and forget Romeo. I think that when she is saying this that she is thinking of herself, and of what she could lose if they were discovered, but at the same time she was thinking of Juliet's well-being, and that she would be safe in Verona, with Paris: "I think that you are happy in this second match, For it excels your first; or, if it did not, Your first is dead, or 'twere as good he were As living here and you no use of him." Lady Capulet shows a very different love for her daughter to the love which Nurse shows her, she has hardly looked after Juliet for much of her life, and is distanced from her. Around the period of time when the play was set there was a social tradition for the upper classes to have a 'wet nurse'. ...read more.

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Romeo climbs out of the large window to the left, and walks down into the audience and looks up, to the window. Juliet calls out of it "Art thou gone so? Love, lord..." then he replies, and she rushes down to meet him. Juliet asks, "O think'st thou we shall ever meet again?" and Romeo replies before kissing her, she runs after him as he backs away through the audience, showing that they cannot physically leave each other, and she tells him that she feels something bad is going to hapen, Romeo replies, then says goodbye, they back away from eachother, blowing last kisses, and he leaves at the back of the audience, Juliet is standing in front of the audience, on their level, so that they feel sorry for her, and as though they are relating, and she talks about fortune, and wanting Romeo back before running back upto her room, as Lady Capulet enters. The room is fairly lit by this point and as Lady Capulet enters she lights a Candle by the side of Juliet's bed, symbolising another issue to darken her day: Paris. Lady Capulet asks Juliet what is wrong, and she answers that she is not well and has an awkward conversation with her mother before the subject of Juliet's marrige to Paris is bought up. Lady Capulet is not used to talking to her daughter and does not know how to act, here she could be tidying up the room, trying to act motherly and moving quickly. Nurse would be hovering at the back of the scene awkwardly, very aware of how near Romeo was to being caught, her eyes widen as Lady Capulet tells Juliet she will have someone kill Romeo.Nurse, who has been living out an adventure, a sort of fantasy through Juliet has realised how close she had come to losing her job, and as the situation is getting so much worse, she realises what she and Juliet could both lose from carrying this on. ...read more.

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Lady Capulet walks slowly out, to the right of the stage, making it obvious to the audience that she is disowning her daughter. She should look very pleased with her self, and quite snobbish, her nose in the air. Juliet then turns to Nurse for comfort, but finds none, Nurse has decided that it would be beter for Juliet to marry Paris. Even Nurse underestimates the love between Romeo and Juliet, she expects that when she tells Juliet it would be beter to marry Paris than dwell on Romeo, that Juliet will do this. Juliet is very disapoined, and feels let down by what Nurse has said, but she does not give up. Juliet stops looking angry, and so upset, she is realising that she must take desperate measures if she want to be with Romeo again, and that she will be alone. Here, Juliet should have a vacant expression, and look as though she has just seen her destiny, she is very set, and sure of what she is going to do. Juliet asks Nurse "Speakest thou from thy heart?" checking for the last time that this is realy what Nurse, who she has loved and relied on for guidance her whole live realy believes. Juliet should say this with emotion, trying to show Nurse how deeply she cares, she could grip Nurse's hand look her in the eyes, to convey her emotions to the audience, show them how she is feeling, as she cannot tell them here. Nurse replies: "And from my soul too, else beshrew them both" Juliet goes on to tell her "Thou hast comforted my marvellous much." she means this to be sarcastic, knowing that Nurse is illiterate, and will miss the sarcasm, taking the words for what they literally, without thinking about the tone of voice Juliet uses. Juliet turns away from Nurse, showing that she has chosen to walk away from Nurse, Nurse does not walk away from Juiet here, as she is not disowning Juliet, Juliet leaves her, as Nurse has disowned Romeo, something which she will not do. ...read more.

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