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During this essay I will be focusing mainly on Act 3 Scene 5, which is a major turning point in the play. Act 3 Scene 5 is set in Juliet's bedroom

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Romeo and Juliet essay In this essay I will discuss the dramatic techniques used by Shakespeare in the play Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet is a tragic romance, in which two lovers have to overcome family feuds and conflicts to be together. At the end of the play they both tragically die in an act that symbolises everlasting love. During this essay I will be focusing mainly on Act 3 Scene 5, which is a major turning point in the play. Act 3 Scene 5 is set in Juliet's bedroom. Romeo and Juliet are saying goodbye because Romeo has been must leave Verona, after being banished for killing Tybalt. Later on in the scene (after Romeo has left), Juliet's mother arrives to tell Juliet that she must marry Paris. When Juliet refuses her father gets very angry; thus causing him to reveal his angry and violent side- 'my fingers itch' shows how he wants to hit her. The whole of this scene is very important in the build up to the climax of the play. In the scene the audience start to feel sorry for Juliet because she has been arranged to marry Paris when she is madly in love with Romeo. ...read more.

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Juliet speaks ambiguously throughout the scene, for example she says something to a character, which has a different meaning to herself and the audience; this is another type of dramatic irony- 'with Romeo till I behold him - dead - is my poor heart' Juliet places the word dead between the sentences, so that her mother thinks she wishes Romeo was dead, when really she is saying that her heart is dead because of him. Juliet's soliloquies help intensify the dramatic irony, as she speaks on stage her thoughts aloud- 'myself have power to die'- she talks to the audience and reveals that she is considering suicide; this soliloquy helps the audience understand a character better, and let them know certain things that other characters don't (dramatic irony). The language used throughout the play is also incredibly significant as it is one of the key effects of the play. Similes and metaphors are used throughout the play to create an image in the head of the audience- 'it was the lark... no nightingale' uses a metaphor about day and night, 'so fair an eye' is a simile; these are both examples of use of imagery. ...read more.

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The moral message that she teaches is that one should think before they act and talk. This is seen in many of her conversations and actions. Shakespeare also uses her to reflect many ideas of the time; arranged marriages as well as the devastation that they can cause and role of females and males- especially how males were very dominant and aggressive towards women. In conclusion I think that this scene is enormously effective at exciting the audience and really involving them in the play. A modern audience would be more stunned by the complete male dominance and the arranged marriages. This is because today's society is very different to when the play was written; today there are lots of morals about equality between the sex's and the ethics about using violence and aggression to women and children. Audiences now and then would have been very taken in by the scene because of the amount of dramatic techniques used to engage the reader within the play. In my opinion the reason that it has stayed popular over the years is that the audience can relate to the way in which it efficiently deals with human emotions; and human emotions seem not to change throughout time. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 Sam Fletcher Romeo and Juliet essay ...read more.

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