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Romeo and Juliet How does Shakespeare make Act 3 Scene 5 tense and exciting for the audience? William Shakespeare, one of the greatest playwrights to have ever lived, has had his work studied, performed and loved by many through the centuries. Now 5 centuries later Shakespeare's work still brings about excitement, intrigue and joy. In this essay I will be discussing how Shakespeare creates tension and excitement for the audience through his use of language, in the play, Romeo and Juliet and I will particularly focus on Act 3, Scene 5. Romeo and Juliet is a play about love, feuding families and death. The play is set in Verona and concentrates on the forbidden love between two people and how, against all odds, they are determined to be with each other, even to the point of suicide. At the time the play was written, in the 16th century, Queen Elizabeth 1 was at the throne. Men were seen as superior to women and women were practically owned by men, which we can see from Juliet's character. This is very contradicting as at the time a woman was ruling the country. Shakespeare's plays would have been performed at the Globe theatre which is an open-aired theatre. People of all social classes went to see Shakespeare's plays being performed. The play Romeo and Juliet relates very much to the society at the time it was written, women were owned by their fathers until they were married, then they were owned by their husbands. ...read more.


Also after their night together everything starts to go downhill, with Romeo leaving Verona and Juliet who is being forced to marry Paris. The divide between Romeo and Juliet starts to grow further apart and this is metaphorically seen as they are divided in distance. Socially, men were superior to women at the time of Shakespeare, but cleverly Shakespeare has placed Juliet at the top of the balcony looking down on Romeo showing that she is superior to Romeo in Verona, as he has been banished but this could also be interpreted as Juliet being the superior one in their relationship. All of this makes Act 3, Scene 5 even more exciting and tense. Shakespeare makes the play evermore tense and exciting by his use of "power words". In line 23-34 Romeo says: "I have more care to stay than will to go: Come death, and welcome, Juliet wills it so." The key word in what Romeo says is, "death". Romeo is more willing to die than to leave his beloved Juliet, this shows how much he loves Juliet, although from earlier events we assume that Romeo has a tendency to fall in and out of love easily. At the start of the play Romeo is in love with Rosaline, but his love for Rosaline is unrequited. Perhaps Shakespeare is trying to put across that young love is based more on lust than love. ...read more.


Capulet is mad because Juliet is saying she doesn't want to marry Paris. This is tense for the audience because it is the first time that the parents have threatened to use violence against their children. The audience would be feeling a little guilty as they know Juliet's reasons for not marrying Paris. If Juliet is to suffer the consequences of not marrying Paris, which is her father hitting her, then the audience would feel some responsibility. Capulet also says: "We have a curse in having her" He is saying that Juliet is a curse on the Capulet family. Juliet is Capulet's only daughter and now he is on the verge on disowning her and beating her. Capulet is being pushed to the edge. This makes it all dramatic for the audience, the way Capulet is acting towards Juliet. In conclusion, Shakespeare's use of language and his techniques of writing all come together and produce a tense and exciting scene. The way in which Shakespeare uses the characters to appeal to the hearts of the audience makes the play an all time great. Shakespeare uses various ways in which to keep the play tense and exciting for the audience, his use of dramatic irony, "power words" and threats of violence are just some of the points I picked up on in this essay. Act 3, Scene 5 is tense and exciting and Shakespeare has easily produced a masterpiece with the play Romeo and Juliet. This play is surely one of Shakespeare's greatest works. ?? ?? ?? ?? Idris Mahboob ...read more.

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