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Explain in detail how Shakespeare builds up the mood and tension in Romeo and Juliet, act three scene five

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Explain in detail how Shakespeare builds up the mood and tension in Romeo and Juliet, act three scene five Shakespeare builds the mood and tension in act three scene five. He does this by letting the audience know that Romeo and Juliet's marriage has been consummated as they have just woken up in Juliet's bed together. The audience will also know that Romeo has to leave Verona because he has been banished for the murder of Tybalt, this adds tension to the scene, and when Juliet finds out about the arranged marriage of her and County Paris, the mood changes for the worse, tension is high here, and these actions lead to danger, secrecy and excitement in this scene. In act three scene five, Shakespeare has created an extremely loving, romantic mood right from the beginning of the scene. On the second line of act three scene five the romance is emphasized with the nightingale, a romantic bird. There is a happy atmosphere, and the Elizabethan audience will now know that Romeo and Juliet's marriage has been consummated. The consummation of the marriage and this very scene plays a big part later on in the play. Because now Romeo and Juliet have consummated their marriage it can not be annulled, meaning Juliet can not possibly marry Paris. The audience knows that the marriage has been consummated as it is morning and Romeo and Juliet have woken up next to each other. The happy loving atmosphere is again emphasized with the words Romeo and Juliet speak to each other, Juliet: "Believe me, love, it was the nightingale." Romeo: "Look, love ..." ...read more.

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This is interpreted by Lady Capulet that Juliet will never be satisfied because Tybalt is already dead, killed by Romeo. But the audience will know that Juliet means that she will never be satisfied because she will not ever get to see Romeo properly for a long time, which will seem longer because she loves him. This again is a double meaning. Lady Capulet not picking up on this proceeds to tell Juliet about her arranged marriage to County Paris on Thursday. Juliet does not know what her Mother is talking about and shows interest in what Lady Capulet is saying to her. When Juliet finally understands that her father has arranged her marriage to Paris, Juliet rebels. This will shock the audience and her parents greatly, because she has always done what her parents have asked of her, she has always been polite, and never disobeyed them, so when Juliet does stand up for herself no one can believe it. Juliet says Paris can not love her that much because he has not even been to see her. Juliet uses irony, when she says "I will not marry yet; and when I do, I swear it shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate, Rather than Paris." The audience knows that she does not hate Romeo, and the nurse knows that she does not too, Juliet loves Romeo. This is when tension really starts to build up, because Lady Capulet tells Juliet to tell her Father that she will not marry Paris. When Capulet sees Juliet she is still in tears, he is sympathetic and uses several metaphors. ...read more.

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Just before she says this, the nurse leaves after Juliet was sarcastic to the nurse saying "Amen!" to the nurses suggestion of marrying County Paris. This is a dramatic device, because Juliet is all on her own, and the audience will start to remember what Lord Capulet called Juliet before he found out she would not marry Paris. "Thou counterfeits a bark, a sea, a wind:" The bark symbolizes a boat or vessel, and when Capulet says this he means how small a boat is compared to the sea, or how small Juliet is compared to the world. This is emphasizes at the very end of the scene when everyone has left the stage, she is by herself, and everyone has left her. The tension and mood in this scene does give hints as to what is to come later on in the play, but so does the prologue. At the end of the scene the mood is very low, and sad, as Juliet is distraught. However the tension is left high with the thought of Juliet saying "If all else fail, myself have power to die." Overall Shakespeare builds the mood and tension very effectively in act three scene five of Romeo and Juliet. He does this so well he keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. To build up the mood and tension and keep it at an all time high, he uses the consummation of Romeo and Juliet's marriage, the arranged marriage of Juliet and County Paris, the way Juliet disobeys her parents for the first time in play, the way the nurse talks out of place, and the fact that Lord Capulet's "fingers itch" from the anger. This keeps the audience excited and thinking of what is yet to come in the play. ?? ?? ?? ?? Adam Smith ...read more.

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