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Dramatic Devices.

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Dramatic Devices Act 3, Scene 5 is an essential scene in the play, Romeo and Juliet, as it demonstrates how strongly Juliet feels for Romeo, she is willing to stand up to her father and disobey his orders. At the beginning of the scene the audience knows Juliet is married to Romeo, and they also know about Tybalt's death and, that Romeo was avenging his friends death by killing Tybalt. It is a tense, dramatic scene that sets the mood for the next events that take place. As this is such a pivotal scene it requires an eye for detail on the directors behalf. As the director I will pay particular attention to numerous dramatic devices in order to enhance the tension in the performance. I have decided to keep the setting in the time of Shakespeare mainly due to the historical and social context involved. At the time the play was set women were not equal to men, they were to seen and not heard and they were expected to do what they were told. ...read more.


Lighting will be soft and natural to begin with, subtly focused on Capulet with the obviousness of the spotlight increasing gradually as Capulet's mood changes for the worst. Which is when the spotlight will form a clear circle around him with a dark shadow forming gradually as the lighting changes. This will clarify the changes in Capulets' mood, he goes from calm and reasonably happy to extreme anger, and the lighting will also enhance his anger making the atmosphere very tense. Sound effects will also enhance with change of atmosphere on the stage. At the beginning of the scene birds will be singing faintly in the background, to match Juliet's high spirits after spending the night with her husband. As Lady Capulet says her final lines, 'Talk to me not, for I'll not speak a word. Do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee' -Line 202, the birds will stop singing sharply, therefore the audience's focus will be on the impact of what has been said. When Juliet speaks to her father, 'Not proud you have, but thankful that you have: Proud can I never be of what I hate, But thankful even for hate that is meant love.' ...read more.


Then she would be embarrassed that Capulet is over reacting this way and quite angry speaking in a loud tone 'Fie, fie, what are you mad?' line 158. Then as it becomes obvious Juliet will not back down Lady Capulet has had enough, she is tired of her daughter refusing to do as she is told and wishes she had nothing to do with her. 'Talk not to me, for I'll not speak a word, Do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee.' Line 202 Thorough out the performance Lady Capulet would also use body language in order her display her thoughts and emotions, when she is ashamed she would cover her face with her hand, giving the idea that she cannot bear to look anymore. Yet when she is angry, whilst talking to Juliet she would use her hands a lot, pointing them at her, emphasising certain words. All these techniques combined give a dramatically tense performance, leaving an impact on the audience making them gripped and genuinely interested in the plot and what will happen next. What will Caplet do? and How will Juliet cope? Laura Mullinger 10Q ...read more.

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