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Consider the dramatic importance of Act 3 Scene 5. Romeo and Juliet

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Consider the dramatic importance of Act 3 Scene 5. Act 3 scene 5 is dramatically important because it is at the centre of the play. This scene opens with Juliet saying goodbye to her love Romeo, who must leave her. This scene is most important because everything occurs here, most of the character's other side is seen and it is the last time dthe lovers talk when they are alive. In the previous scene the audience has heard Lord Capulet offer Juliet's hand in marriage to Paris. We understand why he does this, but we know why Juliet cannot get married, because she is already married to Romeo. We can foresee that Juliet will not be pleased about her father's decision. Once Romeo has gone, Lady Capulet tells Juliet she must get married to Paris, Juliet refuses, and her father angrily insists that she marries Paris and threatens to disown her if she refuses. Alone with the Nurse, Juliet asks for advice. The Nurse replies that Juliet should marry Paris, 'I think it's best you married the County. O, he's a lovely gentleman!' she says, Juliet is astounded and pretends to agree to this advice, while deciding that the only person who can help her is Friar Lawrence. She now has all the audiences sympathies. In this scene the audience are prepared for the end, after the premenitions seen by Juliet. Shakespeare's audience knows that it is a sin to attempt marriage when you are already married. If you do this, you will certainly go to Hell. And there is no way that the Friar would conduct a marriage of a already married woman. The Nurse must know this, too, but it seems that she does not really believe in, or care about, heaven and hell. It seems she is not a striked Catholic. Lord Capulet thinks he knows why his daughter is upset but he is quite wrong. ...read more.


Otherwise, the scene relies mostly on speech. There are not many clues about action or use of props. Both her parents speak about Juliet's weeping, and at one point Juliet kneels to beg her father for pity. Capulet's outbursts against Juliet and the Nurse may be opportunities for some physical action as well as verbal aggression to show his anger. What might he do to show how angry he is? Comparing A Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo and Juliet For your GCSE course you are required to study one or more of Shakespeare's plays. This task allows you to write about two plays. You could write at great length but this is not necessary, or even sensible. Do not try to retell the plot of either play as a narrative (story). Do look at how the play works on stage: use of props, costume and physical actions - either as suggested in the text, or as these appeared in any versions you have seen in performance. You should consider effects of language and imagery, in context. Below are some ideas, which could form the outline of a response to the plays. You may find these helpful; ignore those that aren't. When you (speak or) write about the play, you must refer to evidence: either quote dialogue, or explain what is happening in terms of action. Ideally, you should give Act and Scene (Roman [e.g. III, ii] or Arabic [e.g. 3.2] numbers) and line numbers (not page numbers - do you know why?). Always comment on, or explain the point of, what you quote. Do not write the verb quote at any point in your work, unless it is to explain that one character in the play quotes another! In formal written English, quote is a verb and quotation is the corresponding noun. Quote as a noun is fine in speech, especially when referring to an estimate for work to be done (builder's quote). ...read more.


All coursework comes with the original word document, complete with any pictures or graphs included. Registered users should log in </user.cgi?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.coursework.info%2Fpage.cgi%3Fg%3Di%2f1735.html%26d=1> to be redirected to the full essay. ... eling that Romeo is a romantic, fantasising character, and is often quick to believe he is in love with someone). Romeo also sees this, when he says, "Did my heart love till now?" He is questioning whether he ever really loved Rosaline or not. Then, he says he 'never saw true beauty till this night'. He realises that real love is different to how he was feeling about Rosaline. It is obviously love at first sight. When Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time, they begin speaking in a sonnet. This was a popular type of poetry in Elizabethan times. They also use many biblical phrases and ideas. Romeo describes his lips as 'two blushing pilgrims', and his hand as 'unworthy'. He asks Juliet to kiss him, to purge the sins from him. Juliet kisses him, then says that her lips now have his sin. He asks her to give him his sin again, and so they kiss for a second time. There are many contrasts used in the play - mainly light and dark, and love and hate. Juliet uses one of these contrasts at the end of the scene, when the nurse tells her that Romeo is a Montague. She says, "My only love, sprung from my only hate!" She has also fallen in love with Romeo straight away. She then becomes sad that she must love a 'loathed enemy'. Romeo also uses contrasts when describing Juliet, b ... All formatting has been removed from this essay. Inside Coursework.Info, all coursework and essays can be viewed with all of the original formatting retained - including tables, images and graphs. You may also be interested in the word count, writing time and other details concerning this essay. If you would like to view a sample essay, please look at this sample page. ...read more.

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