• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Discuss how Shakespeare uses dramatic techniques to build up tension and creates sympathy for Juliet in act 3 scene 5

Extracts from this document...


Discuss how Shakespeare uses dramatic techniques to build up tension and creates sympathy for Juliet in act 3 scene 5 Robert Denning Act 3 scene 5 is the '"beginning of the end" for Romeo and Juliet.' Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" has main themes of love, hate and fate, which are all present in this scene. Shakespeare constructed a tragedy. We know form the prologue that the "star-crossed lovers" are doomed. The children of two warring families have married in secret, now they must face the consequences of their actions. A dramatic technique Shakespeare uses to good effect in this scene is dramatic irony. The audience know of Juliet's marriage to Romeo. Shakespeare builds tension and anxiety by putting her in an impossible situation. ...read more.


In the Elizabethan era men as rich and powerful as Capulet would have been feared and respected even by there own family. Both Juliet and Lady Capulet seem to be frightened of Lord Capulet they treat him with respect, Juliet refers to him as "my lord and father." Lord Capulet is a powerful but short tempered and stubborn man. He is used to getting his own way and is extremely strong-minded. He expects his daughter to be obedient. In this scene Shakespeare has structured the plot so we see Juliet being thrown into an impossible marriage against her will. Shakespeare has created a situation in where Juliet appears helpless, what can she do? She is already legally married to Romeo! ...read more.


Even the intervention or Saint Peter could not change the fact that she is already a married woman and unable to obey her parents. Shakespeare's characterization of lord Capulet as a powerful man perhaps capable of violence and extreme anger is a good contrast to the gentle, child-like Juliet. Lord Capulet is outraged when Juliet is rejects his plan to marry Paris there is good use of dramatic irony and double meanings at this point when Juliet states "I will not marry yet and when I do I swear it shall be Romeo" she leads her parents to believe that she would rather marry the son of a hated enemy than marry Paris. Lord Capulet reaction is so aggressive it creates more sympathy for the helpless powerless Juliet. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Romeo and Juliet section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Romeo and Juliet essays

  1. Romeo and Juliet - How Shakespeare Creates Dramatic Tension

    alliteration, dramatic irony, he uses puns and 'plays on the character's words'. In this part of the scene where Mercutio is about to die, Mercutio talks using fencing terminology mainly because this would be shown on stage and the characters would be using swords such as in the 1968 Zefferelli

  2. Explain how Shakespeare creates dramatic tension in Act 3 Scene 5?

    This carries on as Shakespeare builds up suspense for the audience to see whether or not Juliet will accept the proposal from Paris or confess that she is already married to Romeo when her mother enters her chamber and gives her the news of her marriage proposal.

  1. Explain how Shakespeare creates tension and suspense through the use of language, dramatic irony ...

    be insulted by this, as he is no less of a man than Tybalt. If anything he is more of a man as he is closer related to one of the families. The audience would expect a response. Romeo's response is not the expected one "Tybalt the reason I have

  2. Explain How Shakespeare Creates Dramatic Tension in III.v

    Juliet awakens to her husband, but refuses to distinguish the peril of Romeo's presence, she instead tries to convince him that it is still night, "It is not yet near day . . . fearful hollow of thine ear". Romeo and Juliet both use word play and oxymoron's to create dramatic effect.

  1. I will be exploring and analysing the different ways and methods in which Shakespeare ...

    Lady Capulet voices that even if Juliet's tears could wash Tybalt out of his grave, she couldn't bring him back to life, so Juliet should stop crying although her grief shows her love. This is ironic because Juliet has clearly not been thinking of her cousin at all.

  2. discus how Shakespeare builds up tension for the audience in Act 3 Scene one ...

    Lady Capulet demands to the Prince that Romeo should be executed to get the justice deserved, 'I beg for justice, which thou, Prince must give; Romeo slew Tybalt, Romeo must not live.' When the Montague's hear about the occurrence they plead with the Prince, and explains how much Romeo cared

  1. How does shakespeare create sympathy for juliet in Act 3 Scene 5

    Capulet agrees for Count Paris to marry Juliet but, Juliet does not know this. The audience will sympathise with Juliet because, they see her in Romeo's arms, deeply in love and they know that her joy will soon convert to remorse and sadness.

  2. How does Shakespeare create and build an atmosphere of tension and horror in act ...

    Because Romeo wanted peace he made things even worse. Even though Tybalt was a relative, Romeo would not allow Mercutio's death to be left and not avenged, I am fortune's fool" [III.I.127]. Romeo is simply saying that he is not in-control of his fate.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work