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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: English
  • Essay length: 8228 words

Explain How Shakespeare Creates Dramatic Tension in III.v

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Explain How Shakespeare Creates Dramatic Tension In Act Three Scene Five Ask people to give an example of a rich mixture of romantic lyricism, crammed with deadly enmity, tantalizing love, clandestine marriage, farce and heart - breaking tragedy, most would respond with 'Romeo and Juliet', the remarkable tale of 'star crossed lovers', is one of the most famous literary tragedies in history. Written in 1595, Shakespeare converses the story of devoted teenagers in a tumultuous world of sadness and grief as they defy all known laws of their time, in pursuit of forbidden love and the consequences faced for their actions; inevitably bringing them to their suicidal deaths. Leading to the scrutiny of Act Three Scene Five, which could arguably be, the most pivotal scene of the overall play. Dramatic tension is one of the most vital devices used in this scene with the feeling of trepidation, fear and ambiguity cascading from the scene, the string of events in which lead to the lovers 'death marked love', is plunged into motion. The scene takes place after Romeo's banishment by the Prince from Verona for the death of Tybalt "immediately we do exile him hence...that hour will be his last", the eviction of Romeo puts a strain on Romeo and Juliet's relationship as his life will now be jeopardy if he is found in the city, commiseration is felt for Juliet as the corollary of the exile, as she is presently torn between her loyalty to her family and her devotion to her husband As Act 3 Scene 4 concludes, a considerable amount of dramatic irony is created, since the audience knows Capulet has agree to the marrying of Juliet to Paris. All these events have a destroying influence on Romeo and Juliet's attempt to live in love. Setting a tragic tone for the beginning of the following scene. The spectators are wrench back to reality as they realise the veracity of the situation, as it befalls flagrant to the audience the implausibility that their marriage will be long-lived, as in a feud-ravaged world, only the will of the sword lives.

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This would mean that he is willing to completely shame her in front of everyone. This is an indication of just how angry he is that Juliet has dared to defy him, challenge him, and rebel against him. Further tension is created as even Lady Capulet becomes sacred for Juliet at Lord Capulet abhorrent behaviour as even she believe he may do as says, creating tension among the audience, "Fie fie, what, are you mad?" Lady Capulet is trying to calm Capulet down, and this shows the side of Lady Capulet that is closer to Juliet which means that she does still care for Juliet and does not want this much shame to come to her. This shows that the relationship between Juliet and her mother is merciful, but yet still slightly outlying. "Hang thee young baggage, disobedient wretch! ... Or never look me in the face speak not, reply not, do not answer me. My fingers itch. ...Out on her hilding!" Shakespeare uses a variety of ways to create dramatic effect so that audiences would still keep interest. He uses imperatives, and short exclamations to represent his anger and even indicates an action where might have hit his daughter (My fingers itch). This contrasts significantly between the relationships with Juliet's parents before she met Romeo, and after she met Romeo. From before she met Romeo, being Capulet's only child, whom he deeply cared about, she was 'the hopeful lady of his earth', Juliet has now caused him to turn against her, in which he is willingly to her "hang, beg, starve, die in the streets". If she refuses to obey him. This would bring the scene to its climax as Juliet, as been left with an ultimatum which she has to decide on whether she should marry Paris an go against her husband and be condemn to hell or find alternative method out of her marriage to Paris.

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control over lives we have now been given, from choices varying from free will of choice of marriage to no longer being discriminated. Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet have helped people of both the Shakespearean era and modern society overcome previous view in which women are inferior to men and had no greater purpose to society apart from the recreation of children, as it shows women should be treated equally men. Being from the 21st century it is likely my initial reaction to Act Three Scene Five to be different to an Elizabethan audience for many reasons that include moral, social, philosophical issues and contemporary relevance. Juliet's relationship with her parents in my opinion is the main factor in the final tragic outcome. My reaction to Act Three Scene Five was of angst and resentment at the way, in which Juliet's parents came about the decision that Juliet must marry Paris without being asked her thoughts. This scene is pivotal to the entire play because it explores the theme of passion and the dangers of irrational, intense emotions and actions of the two lovers to contain consequences that eventually convey them to their death. Capulet's ominous behaviour in this scene is a reminder of the ignorance and hypocrisy that power and wealth brings to men. This casts Juliet in my mind, as the victim as she was granted absolutely no control over the events, which were happening, in her life. The treachery of the nurse is the most devastating for Juliet. As the audience as well as myself can empathise with her and also see the dramatic irony in the prophesies and predictions that surround the scene building the tension of the final impact when Juliet resolves to take her own life. Shakespeare has successfully injected his political views on class structures, and social problems in the world. Furthermore, causing the audience of both the Elizabethan and Modern era therefore realising how corrupt our community is. ?? ?? ?? ?? English Coursework Julie Hammond 10CHI

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