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Discuss the dramatic effectiveness of three soliloquies in Romeo and Juliet. Use quotations to support your quotations.

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Discuss the dramatic effectiveness of three soliloquies in Romeo and Juliet. Use quotations to support your quotations. Romeo and Juliet was written in the early 19th century. The play was written at the peak of William Shakespeare's work and is considered as one of his most poetic plays. The choice of language is greatly varied and can be very emotional. It creates a great atmosphere and a superb play. During the play, Shakespeare uses many long and emotional speeches. These are called soliloquies. These soliloquies communicate with the audience sometimes creating dramatic irony. The long soliloquies also help to further the plot and they also include emotions of the characters and information about them. The soliloquies also differ from speeches in that during a soliloquy, there is usually only one character on the stage and what is being said is mainly directed towards the audience or to themselves, where as normal speeches can be directed to many other characters. In my essay the three soliloquies that I will be studying from Romeo and Juliet are from: * Act 2 Scene 3 * Act 4 Scene 3 * Act 5 Scene 3. The first soliloquy that I am going to study is from Act 2, Scene 3. This soliloquy take place in Friar Lawrence's cell. ...read more.


For example, Romeo has been banished from Verona and Tybalt, Juliet's cousin is dead. Friar Lawrence has planned to write a letter to Romeo explaining what is going to happen and what Romeo has to do. Again though dramatic irony we know that this does not go as planned. In Juliet's soliloquy she explains how she is scared and she is wondering when she will next meet Romeo and if he knows of the plans. "God knows when we meet shall meet again," Juliet is scared and lonely. Many questions are going through her head, she says that she must act alone, as otherwise she will be talked out of it and will have to marry Paris. "My dismal scene one needs must act alone" Juliet has wild emotional thoughts that make her more nervous, she thinks that Friar Lawrence may have tampered the potion to kill Juliet to cove up the fact that he married Romeo and Juliet. Another thought is that what if Romeo does not get to Juliet in time, what will she do alone in the mausoleum. Juliet is a very emotional character, with a strong and willing mind. She has the courage to take the potion even though she knows full well that it could kill her. ...read more.


We can relate to how Romeo is feeling from what is being said. The words may bring the odd tear to the audience. As an audience, we know all that has happened and that Juliet is not dead, she just appears dead, due to the potion, and that the effects will soon wear off. Romeo takes the potion thinking that the will be with Juliet. But we the audience know that Romeo is cutting himself off from Juliet. During the latter part of the soliloquy, there is a great deal of dramatic tension. Making the audience waning to shout out to Romeo. In my coursework essay I have commented on many points of all three of the soliloquies that I chose. For each soliloquy I studied the following; what has happened before the soliloquy, the content of the speech, what I learnt from past or future events, what I learned about the character, effectiveness of language and the dramatic effectiveness of the speech. I think that all three soliloquies have great meaning behind them and the each conveys different moods and messages. They also affect the atmosphere of the play. I particularly enjoyed Romeo's soliloquy as it had massive amounts of detail; there was a great deal of feeling behind what was said. Overall all three excellent in there own way and were a great pleasure to see as the audience. ...read more.

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