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Discuss the dramatic effectiveness of the soliloquy in Romeo and Juliet.

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Discuss the dramatic effectiveness of the soliloquy in Romeo and Juliet Abigail hicks Romeo and Juliet is one of the most famous plays written by William Shakespeare. This play is one of his most poetic plays and there is evidence in it to support this, as Friar Lawrence's soliloquy has rhyme in it as an example. Romeo and Juliet contain many soliloquies. Soliloquies show the audience the feelings, mood and fears of the characters, the characters confide in the audience of these. The audience feel involved and privileged. This play also includes a lot of imagery an example of this is when Romeo gets described as a "Fortions fool." The first soliloquy that we come to is in Act Two Scene Three. It is from Friar Lawrence as he introduces himself to the audience. Much of his speech is in rhyme and although rhyme is often used in the play it is never used in such concentration as here. This helps set the Friar from the other characters. It shows how knowledgeable he is about medicines and poisons that can be made from plants, "O mickle is the powerful grace that lies, in plants, herbs, stones and their true qualities." ...read more.


In line six the word "Runaways" is used this links in with the play, because Romeo and Juliet were planning to run away with each other. The word "Runaways" is much debated, interpreted and amended. There are many lines that suggest she wants to lose her virginity, line twelve, "Learn me how to lose a winning match." Juliet wants to lose her virginity to gain a husband. This shows to the audience her true feelings for Romeo and how much she cares for him and wants to be with him. It does not matter to her that the families hate each other. Juliet mentions "phaeton" This is a character from mythology who almost destroyed the universe by recklessly driving the sun's fiery chariot too close to the earth. Juliet calls upon the phaeton to bring the night quickly so that she can secretly meet Romeo. The next soliloquy is in Act Four Scene Three lines fourteen again spoken by Juliet. This soliloquy emphasises the courage and isolation of Juliet. This is when Juliet is about to take the potion, which will make her appear dead. The speech begins off with the word "farewell" which means that she is going to take the poison; she seems to be brave as she is doing this for her love Romeo. ...read more.


He also shows the audience how deeply in love he is with Juliet, to the extent that he would kill himself to be with her, "I still stay with thee." It seems that death has no power over her, its like she does not look dead because she is just asleep. This is ironic because Romeo thinks she's dead and says she looks alive and the audience know that she is alive. Romeo believes that he is going to join her. However if he did kill himself he would be really cutting himself off from her. This gets the audience on the edge of their seats, as the tension is so strong. He states that the worms could be Juliet's chamber maids, " with worms that are thy chamber maids." And the vault is Juliet's bedchamber. I think that the soliloquy is Act Four Scene Three is the most dramatic and effective in the play because it is where Juliet is deciding whether or not to take potion and if she trusts the Friar, to give her a potion and not a poison because if he gave her a poison she would die and then no-one would know that she and Romeo were married This soliloquy shows the audience that Juliet has many different feelings, nervous, bravery and fear, when she is about to take the potion, "I have a faint cold fear thrills through my veins." ...read more.

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