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Discuss How Shakespeare uses Dramatic Techniques to Build up Tension and Create Sympathy for Juliet in Act 3, scene 5 of "Romeo and Juliet" Romeo and Juliet was written in 1595. The story was adapted by Shakespeare but it is his version that is "known to old and young the world over." It is a tragic story of forbidden love. The whole episode of Romeo and Juliet's meeting, falling love, marriage, and tragic end, takes place within five days. Act 3 scene 5 is a crucial part to the play. There is a wide variety of dramatic is techniques and language used. This contributes to the amount of tension and dramatic effectiveness that is in this scene. The relationship between Juliet and her mother is very typical of the traditional relationship between mother and daughter in Elizabethan times. They have a very inhospitable relationship meaning that they don't act as if they are mother and daughter. They address each other in a formal way "madam" and "girl." This could be used as a technique to make the audience feel sorry for Juliet as her relationship isn't how it is now in the twentieth century. Mothers are people who daughters can confide in and this is not how Juliet and Lady Capulet are. They are strict and decorous. This however was very characteristic of Elizabethan times. In Elizabethan times, parents rarely had a close relationship with their children; it was usually very formal and cold. The females of the family were property to their husbands or fathers. If the play was going to be performed in front of an audience in the world today, they are many ways a director could depict the characters and script. ...read more.

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With Romeo, till I behold him -dead- Is my poor heart so for a kinsman vex'd." To lady Capulet, this means that Juliet will not be content until she is sure Romeo is dead by killing him herself and then she can see him dead. However there is a double meaning here. There is a pause before the word dead which is symbolised by the "-"which means that she will not be content until she beholds him and her poor heart is dead in her grief for Tybalt. Lady Capulet doesn't tell Juliet the reason why she has come to see her straight away. She puts it off and gradually builds up to the news by talking about 'joy'. As Lady Capulet takes her time to tell Juliet the real reason why she has come to see her, she is also building up tension as the audience wait to see how Juliet will react to an arranged marriage. Lady Capulet gives several hints at to what she may be trying to say. She advocate what the news is by saying: "Well, well, thou hast a careful father, child; One who, to put thee from thy heaviness, Hath sorted out a sudden day of joy That tho expect'st not, nor I look'd not for," Juliet should show a look of hope and faith here, because with tybalts death, she wants something positive to look forward to.This increases the audiences sympathy with her as a girl shouldn't have to go through the amount of negative things Juliet has been through. The audience believe that Lord Capulet cares deeply for his only surviving child, as he organised party to see if paris was truly loyal to being juliets wife buy resisting temptation from all other girls that approached him. ...read more.

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"My husband is on earth, my faith in heaven; How shall that faith return again to earth, Unless that husband sent it me from heaven By leaving earth?" The nurses reply to Juliet as she cries out for heal shows how she is so different to Juliet's mother being the complete opposite personality, yet she contrasts with Juliet's loving nature. She shows how she is impressed that Juliet is so loyal to Romeo even though they have only been married for a matter of days. Her solution is however practical and clever. She believes Juliet should go ahead and marry Paris as Romeo has been banished after him murdering Tybalt. She tells Juliet "Romeo's a dishclout to him". This is humour to convince Juliet it would be better to marry Paris and move on. Once Juliet finds there is no real solution to her problem, Juliet gives in. She goes to Friar Laurence cell to "make confession and to be asolv'd" this means there may still be hope if Friar Laurence can help her and support her. Juliet is left alone onstage as the nurse leaves, she has been abandoned by the people who have claimed to love her and support her. Juliet uses this opportunity to express he feelings in a soliloquy. This then shows the audience that she is a mature young adult and she can't rely on anyone to help her. She will no longer confide in the nurse as she spoke badly about Romeo whereas she had praised him in the past. She decides she will go and see the Friar and ask him for help. The soliloquy gives the audience a chance to sympathise with Juliet, as she finds herself realising the harsh difference in being young and growing up. ...read more.

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