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"Discuss the dramatic effectiveness of the soliloquies in Romeo and Juliet."

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Kirsty O'Hara Shakespeare Coursework "Discuss the dramatic effectiveness of the soliloquies in Romeo and Juliet." Romeo and Juliet is a tragic love story, which was written in 1595 by William Shakespeare. The play is about a young couple who have fallen deeply in love with one another, but are unable to be happy because of the everlasting feud between the two families have together. In Romeo and Juliet long speeches are made by characters, to add suspense these speeches are called soliloquies and are used to express one's true thoughts and feeling's to the audience aloud. The Friar's soliloquy has a massive dramatic effect on the audience. I think this because in the Friar's soliloquy it has a lot of opposites, tomb, womb, medicine, poison, weeds, flowers, night, day. These opposites give us the idea that the Friar is trying to tell us something by forwarding the plot; he starts to talk about life and death, "The earth that's nature's mother is her tomb, what is her burying grave that is her womb." "Within the infant rind of this weak flower, Poison hath residence and medicine power." ...read more.


Juliet has just married the love of her life and she feels overwhelmed with happiness. Juliet is very excited yet nervous about spending the night with Romeo where she plans on having sex with him for the first time. Juliet comes across as very impatient. "Gallop apace, you fiery-footed steeds" She saying that she wants the sun to be taken away and the night to come quickly. "And bring in cloudy night immediately." We are also aware that Juliet is worried about the families feud between the Montague's, she wants to keep her marriage to Romeo a secret so she can be with him. "Spread thy close curtain, love performing night; that runaway's eyes may wink," As much as she's excited and impatient about seeing Romeo she's also very nervous and embarrassed about the fact she's going to lose her virginity, "Hood my unmanned blood, bating in my cheeks." Juliet's says in her soliloquy, "O, I have brought the mansion of a love, but not possessed it; and though I am sold." Juliet means by this that she's has brought Romeo by marring him and has sold herself to Romeo by marring him and when she sleeps with him that will make the marriage solid. ...read more.


Fear also affects the audience because of the grotesque imagery, which reminds us of the tragedy in the story, and it also creates a suitable atmosphere for the misfortune in the scene, "With worms that are chambermaids. O here will I set up my everlasting rest." Everlasting rest means to die, so when he says that the audience know that Romeo is going to kill himself. The soliloquies in Romeo and Juliet all create suspense and have dramatic effectiveness. The Friar's creates suspense by forwarding the plot and talking about science and religion. Juliet's soliloquy creates suspense and dramatic effectiveness through dramatic irony and getting the emotions of the audience's high. Romeo's soliloquy creates suspense and dramatic effectiveness by the length; the fatal flaw the grotesques imagery and the dramatic irony in it. I think that Romeo's adds more suspense because the length of it makes the audience very anxious the dramatic irony makes the audience frustrated because we know she is alive we are all eager to find out whether Juliet will wake up in time to stop Romeo from dying or whether it will end in a fatal flaw. ...read more.

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