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Discuss the Dramatic effectiveness of the Soliloquies in Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet

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Discuss the Dramatic effectiveness of the Soliloquies in Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' The play 'Romeo and Juliet' was written by William Shakespeare in 1595 and first published in 1597. It concerns rival families named the Capulets and the Montagues who live in Verona. Their youngest children, Romeo Montague family and Juliet Capulet family, fall in love and are forced to keep it a secret from their friends and families because of this ancient feud. This leads to many deaths in the play including the death of both Romeo and Juliet. In 'Romeo and Juliet', dramatic effect is created by the characters use of soliloquies. A soliloquy occurs if a character speaks aloud his or her feelings when no other characters can hear them; a soliloquy is a dramatic device. There are many soliloquies within the play but the most interesting are the Friar's in Act 2, Scene 3, Juliet's in Act 3, Scene 2 and Romeo's in Act 5, Scene 3. The Friar's soliloquy in Act 2, Scene 3 is set in the early morning and he is in his garden picking plants and flowers for medicinal purposes. ...read more.

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Due to the fact the friar talks a lot about plants and medicine, not only does it show us how intelligent he his, but later on in the play he gives Juliet some medicine to make her go into a deep sleep, this makes it more believable that he could make such a potion. Juliet's soliloquy, in Act three scene two, takes place in her room and just three hours after her marriage to Romeo and two hours after the death of Tybalt and that Romeo was to blame for; which at the time she is not aware of. In her soliloquy she defines her character by the use of imperatives and many references to speed. "And bring in cloudy night immediately " this shows her impatience and reveals her immaturity and youth. She wants the night to come quickly so she can meet Romeo, she also refers a lot to heat which refers to sex and passion "fiery footed steeds". This shows her love for Romeo, this is also shown with poetic language imagery and paradoxes. ...read more.

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Or did I dream it so?" This is referring to Paris, Romeo cant remember what has happened properly. He also uses grotesque language and personifies death "With worms they are thy chamber -maids" this shows that his fragile mind is becoming very irrational, his use of grotesque imagery it shows he is confused and it adds to the suspense of his death. In his soliloquy he talks about his misfortune, and that his death releases him from the torment and suffering and in death he will reunited with his love Juliet. "sour misfortune's book!" here he is saying that he was doomed from the start, and in death it will be peaceful. The dramatic irony in this soliloquy builds up anxiety of the audience. The length of the soliloquy builds up suspense. "Is crimson in thy lips and in thy cheeks. And death's pale flag is not advanced there." This is very dramatic because the audience knows that Juliet is not really dead but Romeo is still unaware if the situation, and finally his death heighten sorrow and sadness. The main theme of the soliloquy is death; this reminds the audience that the play is a tragedy. It does not further the plot like the friars soliloquy but instead ends it. ...read more.

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