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"Examine the ways in which Shakespeare makes Act 3 Scene 5 full of tension and exciting for the audience"

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Romeo And Juliet "Examine the ways in which Shakespeare makes Act 3 Scene 5 full of tension and exciting for the audience" Act 3 scene 5 is a vital scene to the storyline of Romeo and Juliet because it is the last time they meet each other alive. This scene also rules out any possible chance of what could have happened. This scene leaves the audience hanging not knowing what to expect. This scene is the turning point in young Juliet's life. Her beloved husband Romeo has just left her, she also finds out that she has to marry a guy she has never properly met (Paris). Juliet is left with no choice but to marry him, even though she does not love and desire him. We also have to keep in mind that this play was presented to an Elizabethan audience, they would sympathise more with Lord Capulet rather than Juliet. This is because in the olden times an only daughter was like a jewel, she needs to be wedded in a good family, because she will inherit all of his money. However a modern audience would sympathise with Juliet more because, the modern world is more independent. ...read more.

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"With Romeo, till I behold him-dead-"(line 94). The tension then starts to build even more, when the mood of death & anger changes into a surprising marriage talk. The Capulet wish that Juliet wed Paris. "Marry my child, early next Thursday morn"(line 112). However Juliet is in love, with Romeo, who she wishes to live with and has already married. When Juliet disagrees and says it is too quick: "I wonder at this haste, that I must wed"(line 118) When lord Capulet enters the scene, he also mistakes Juliet's tears, for Tybalt. He talks to her like in previous scenes nicely, as if she was a rare precious jewel that must be treated nicely and tamed. But when he finds out that she goes against his wishes and does not want to marry Paris, he forgets about her being this only beloved daughter, instead he goes into a rage. He insults her whilst in anger he says, "green sickness carrion...you baggage"(line 115). He then goes on to disown her and leave her to die on the streets of Verona. "You shall not house with me"(line 118). The audience feel that Lady & Lord Capulet are people that wish the best for Juliet's future, but they would want that to happen no matter what. ...read more.

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I.e. commit suicide. The mood of the beginning of the scene greatly contrasts, to the end of the scene. The beginning of the play, two lovers are in a warm romantic and nice atmosphere on the other hand, the ending of the scene, the mood is all negative. Juliet talks about death, betrayal & anger. The mood has a major difference from beginning to end. Shakespeare throughout the scene uses many techniques to create tension. For example, he unexpectedly, makes Romeo change his mind about leaving Juliet. This would make the audience think what if he got caught? Shakespeare also uses powerful lines, which have a strong meaning. "If all else fail, myself have the power to die"(line242). Shakespeare also uses a lot of dramatic irony. In the play the least important characters talk less, whereas the more important talk more and with more fluency, also sometimes with rhyme. The scene prepares the audience for Juliet's biggest decision in her life and in the play. Juliet now has an option to either marry Paris or not too. However marrying Paris is not an option because it is illegal. However the audience know whatever decision she makes, it will lead to her own death and also of Romeos. We know this because of the prologue. The audience would fell very sorry for Juliet; they would want the two young lovers to get back together. ...read more.

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