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Discuss the dramatic impact of Act III Scene v of Romeo and Juliet. How is Juliet's character revealed to the audience?

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Discuss the dramatic impact of Act III Scene v of Romeo and Juliet. How is Juliet's character revealed to the audience? The play of Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy. This informs the audience that the characters in the title of the play will die. Shakespeare's tragedies have five parts, which correspond with the five acts. Act III is the climax, which contains the events that lead to the characters' downfall. Therefore, Act III scene v is very dramatic for Shakespeare's audience as the pace is very fast, and is the catalyst for Romeo and Juliet's deaths. The play is set in Verona, Italy and is based upon two families; the Montagues and the Capulets. These two families are involved in an ongoing feud between them. Among these two families are two teenagers, Juliet Capulet and Romeo Montague. Romeo is in love with a girl called Rosaline at the start of the play. Romeo finds out that Rosaline will be attending a party at the Capulet's house, so the make a plan to go. This is where Romeo meets Juliet. They fall in love instantly and kiss, only to find out that they are enemies. Tybalt - Juliet's cousin - recognises Romeo at the party and vows to get him back. ...read more.

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Juliet awakes and sees Romeo's dead body beside her. Juliet then picks up Romeo's dagger and kills herself. Juliet is besotted with Romeo. There is a romantic atmosphere between them, and Shakespeare shows this by Romeo and Juliet's speech to one another. They speak in rhyming couplets, showing how in love they are with each other. Romeo says "I must be gone and live, or stay and die." And Juliet replies "Yon light is not daylight, I know it, I." This suggests that they have a lot in common and are compatible. It is almost like finishing off each others sentences, which also shows that they are alike. Juliet tries to persuade Romeo to stay with her and not leave. "It is not yet near day. It was the nightingale, and not the lark ...Believe me love, it was the nightingale." She is telling Romeo that it is still night as the nightingale was singing and not the lark. She is trying to persuade Romeo to stay as she loves him and does not want him to leave. Romeo then says he will accept her judgement and risk death. This shows that he has trust in her. Romeo knows that he will die if he gets caught but stays. This shows how deep his love is for Juliet, that he is risking his life just for Juliet. ...read more.

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Juliet is breaking one of the Ten Commandments by deceiving her mother and prioritising Romeo over her family. Juliet has a different attitude towards her father. She is polite to him but also manipulative. "Good father, I beseech you on my knees/ Hear me with patience, but to speak a word." This suggests that Juliet is on her knees, as if she is begging. This shows that she respects her father. She calls him "Good father" and tries to flatter and persuade him. When Juliet's father is talking to her he is very rude and disrespectful towards her. "I will drag thee on a hurdle thither. / Out you green-sickness carrion, out you baggage, /You tallow-face! " This contains plosive sounds adding to the dramatic impact of the scene. Capulet is very angry and this suggests that it is quite an important issue, and that he was furious with Juliet. Juliet's relationship with her father appears to be very unpredictable and volatile. Consequently, I think that Act III scene v is very dramatic and powerful. I think that as a reader, it is excellent as the speed of the scene makes the play much more exciting and interesting. I also imagine that it would have the same effects on a Shakespearean audience. They would have known that Act III was the climax of the play and therefore would contain the events that lead towards Romeo and Juliet's deaths. ...read more.

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