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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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