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Describe the dramatic effect of Act 3, scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet with reference to at least two performances you have seen.

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Romeo and Juliet Coursework Describe the dramatic effect of 3.5 of Romeo and Juliet with reference to at least two performances you have seen. Act 3 scene 5 is a very important scene in the play. It shows the dysfunctional nature and effect of the Capulets in that the beginning of the scene shows what would be perfect love between Romeo and Juliet, but at the end of the scene Juliet is considering suicide. This dysfunctional nature of the Capulets is one of the reasons that Romeo and Juliet die. The range of action in this scene is huge particularly, with regard to Juliet, she is in love at the start, then Capulet comes and gives her verbal abuse and tries to hit her, the mood of the scene changes very quickly. I will consider two performances which we have seen: the Franco Zefferelli film and the Baz Luhrman version. The scene before 3.5 is a short scene in which Capulet promises Paris that he will marry Juliet on Thursday. It is now Monday. Capulet sends Lady Capulet to tell Juliet the news. ...read more.


In the Zefferelli film they cut out the premonition that Juliet has with Romeo in the tomb. I think he should have kept that in as it loses dramatic effect without it. The second part starts with Lady Capulet entering. This causes tension for the audience because they know that Lady Capulet will ask Juliet to marry Paris. In Elizabethan times this would be common and the daughters would be expected to comply. Lady Capulet mistakes Juliet's words and tears. She thinks that Juliet is crying because of Tybalt's death but really she is crying about Romeo leaving. She says: "Yet let me weep for such a feeling loss" She is talking about Romeo but Lady Capulet thinks she is talking about Tybalt. Lady Capulet tells Juliet about the marriage and she does not have a good reaction, she starts screaming at Lady Capulet. In the Zefferelli film Lady Capulet is played cold and unloving. She is not as cold in the Luhrman version. The Zefferelli version is a lot more dramatic and Lady Capulet does not have as much of a relationship with Juliet as in the Luhrman version. ...read more.


She says that Romeo is a "dish clout" to Paris and says that Romeo's as good as dead. This upsets Juliet even more. The nurse says, in effect curse my heart if I am wrong. Juliet says "amen", this leads to the nurse leaving her. In the brief soliloquy at the end the last words Juliet says are: "If all else fail, myself have power to die" This leaves the scene on a cliffhanger and will create a lot of tension. In both films the soliloquy has been dropped. I think this sacrafices a lot of tension, they both end on Juliet and the nurse falling out. Also when the nurse is talking to Juliet she is trying to busy herself: in the Luhrman version she is running a bath and in the Zefferelli version she is making her bed. She is doing this so she doesn't have to look at Juliet because she cannot handle it. Overall this scene is very important, there is a lot happening in it and there is lots of tension and dramatic irony. Between the two films I prefer the Luhrman version, I think really because it's modern. I thought the actors were better in the Luhrman film-they put more emotion into it. Chris Jones ...read more.

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