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Examine the ways that Shakespeare makes Act 3 Scene 5 full of tension and exciting for the audience.

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Shakespeare Assignment 'Romeo and Juliet' Examine the ways that Shakespeare makes Act 3 Scene 5 full of tension and exciting for the audience. This scene is very important because throughout it, Juliet continues to become evermore isolated emotionally and also physically, first of all by Romeo leaving, next by her mother and father abandoning her when she refuses to marry Paris and very lastly by the Nurse's betrayal. All of these actions raise the tension and therefore make it an exciting scene for the audience. Juliet's isolation captures the audiences' attention and makes the audience feel sorry for Juliet throughout the rest of the play. At the beginning of the scene, the mood is romantic because they have just spent the night together as man and wife. Then as dawn breaks and sun rises the mood changes, Romeo and Juliet get very confused, "Yond daylight is not daylight, I know it" and Juliet gets upset that Romeo must leave. Romeo relates to death by saying "more light and light, more dark and dark our woes". This indicates that the longer Romeo stays and the lighter the morning becomes, the harder it is going to be to escape to Mantua because he would be caught and put to death. ...read more.

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To Juliet this would mean that she hates to hear Romeo named without being able to get her hands on him (because they were lovers). And although to Juliet the meaning is clear, Lady Capulet interprets it incorrectly, but it was the way Juliet intended. Juliet is told very abruptly and out of the blue that she has been arranged to marry Paris next Thursday morning. She refuses to marry him because she is married to Romeo, as we the audience know, but Lord & Lady Capulet do not. Juliet rebells by saying the following: "Now by Saint Peter's church and Peter too, He shall not make me there a joyful bride". This is the first instance of Juliet rebelling in the entire play. This is not typical of a young Veronan heiress, nor of a girl in Elizabethan times, but the audience are not shocked as you might think they would be with this sort of behaviour, as they know the background information (that she is already married to Romeo and if she were to marry while her husband were still alive she would surely be sent to hell when she dies) ...read more.

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Juliet's mother says to her "Do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee". Think how sad Juliet must feel when everyone in her life is abandoning her. The situation becomes even more discomforting when she turns to the nurse for some reassurance. The nurse betrays her big time. Juliet expects sympathy from the nurse but what she actually gets told is "Romeo is a dishclout in comparison" to Paris. This is not at all what she expects to hear and Juliet says "Speaks't thou from thy heart", the Nurse says "And from my soul too, else beshrew them both" - "Amen" Juliet exclaims. She calls the nurse an "Ancient damnation" which means damned old woman. Juliet's only last hope is that the Friar can help her. She says "I'll to the Friar to know his remedy; If all else fail, myself have power to die.". To conclude Juliet is left on stage all alone, she is totally isolated both emotionally and physically. The beginning of this scene happens to be Juliets last meeting with Romeo until she sees him dead in the Capulet vault. Shakespeare uses Juliet for the one to be abandoned because she is tender and will grip the audience's attention when isolated. He created such a real experience that no-one could help themselves being dragged into the story almost instantly. ...read more.

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