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Consider how Shakespeare crafts act 3:5 to appeal to the audience

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Consider how Shakespeare crafts act 3:5 to appeal to the audience Leading up to act 3 scene 5 the audience will have mixed emotions/feelings; they will be tense and also being held in suspense. Act 3 Scene 4 a short scene where Lord and Lady Capulet agree to marry Paris to Juliet. This would leave the audience feeling tense and anticipating a climax. In Elizabethan times when Shakespeare was around women were seen as chattels. They were seen only as daughter, wife and mother. This is emphasised in Act 3 Scene 5 where Juliet's marriage is arranged. This leaves the audience feeling sorry for Juliet. If I were to choose, I would place this scene at the beginning of the second half. It means that the audience could be left on a cliffhanger, and would become impatient and wants to know what happens next, therefore watching the rest of the play. I think this tactic would appeal to both Elizabethan and modern day audiences. ...read more.


This suggests that tension is rising between characters and a conflict is soon to arise. When Lady Capulet says to Juliet "You can tell it to your father." The way this phrase is worded would sound like a threat to scare Juliet. Some audience members would pick up on this, and become quite tense, as if they know there will be trouble ahead. Again, like many parts of this scene and the play, the audience may find themselves asking a question like 'What will happen to Juliet?' Juliet is also rarely called by her name. Her mother but mainly her father does this, Her mother and father treat like a child but then they expect her to embark on a life long commitment. This could make the audience feel slightly intimidated by Lord Capulet. During he argument with her father, Juliets language towards her parents changes, at the start it is polite and pleading but then it moves on to be more angry, in which she makes threats towards her parents to perhaps scare them, maybe bully them into agreeing with her. ...read more.


will make the play boring and no fun to watch, this is why I think Shakespeare has thought carefully about how much information during parts of the play he gives out to the audience, therefore this bad effect mentioned above does not happen. Another thing that is very effective during the scene is the amount o people on stage and the amount of people talking, because even is someone is there on stage but not talking they still play an important role. They still have an effect on the situation. This produces climaxes and anticlimaxes. At the end of the scene where Juliet has her soliloquy, this will make the emotions within the audience run quite high; they will be left possibly thinking and feeling several things. 'What will happen to Romeo?' and 'What will Juliet do?' To conclude I would say that in this scene Shakespeare uses a lot of dramatic irony. This gives the audience a better feel for the play, and it also makes it easier for them to follow the play. ...read more.

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