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Explain the dramatic significance of Juliet's soliloquy at the beginning of Act 3 Scene 2 of Romeo & Juliet

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Explain the dramatic significance of Juliet's soliloquy at the beginning of Act 3 Scene 2 of Romeo & Juliet In this play Juliet is the character who experiences the most change. As a thirteen year old at the beginning of the play she soon develops from being a 'girl' to a 'young woman'. Actresses playing Juliet on stage have difficulties because they have to portray both sides of her character. Juliet's character develops from being a young obedient and innocent daughter, "I'll look to like, if looking liking move; But no more deep will I endart mine eye, than your consent gives strength to make it fly" to being a more mature wife. Shakespeare conveys maturity by her depth of love and descriptions of her feelings towards Romeo. In Act 2 Scene 2 Juliet describes her love "my bounty is as boundless as the sea my love as deep". This shows maturity because she is committing herself to Romeo by expressing the intense feelings of an adult. It is difficult for actresses to show the contrast between the two sides of Juliet's character as she rapidly changes from being a care free child to a "star crossed lover". In Act 2 Scene 2 where Romeo and Julie meet, she begins by toying with Romeo as a child would but soon becomes involved in the situation and realises the intensity of her feelings and what she would sacrifice for her love. ...read more.

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They make the actresses clench her pillow as a sign of her impatience. This speech is full of dramatic tragedy. The audience is aware that the play will not end happily as the words of the prologue echo in their heads, "a pair of star crossed lovers take their life", the audience knows that they will die which is the greatest irony which runs throughout the whole play. This speech is particularly ironic because it is after the death of Mercutio and Tybalt which Juliet has not been told of. She looks forward to her wedding night but being unaware that it will be the last time she sees Romeo. Although the audience knows that their fate is set. Juliet refers to death only once in the speech. This is done by Shakespeare to remind you of their inevitable fate. "When I shall die, take him and cut him out in little stars and he will make the face of heaven so bright". Shakespeare uses Celestial imagery to emphasise the way the prologue applies to the play. Celestial imagery is used a lot throughout this play because it reminds the audience of the words of the prologue, "star crossed lovers". The speech will not resolve happily because in Act 3 Scene 2 it is their wedding night but it is also a lover's farewell. ...read more.

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In my opinion this contrast was made because she is hoping that once Romeo has arrived the night will last as long as a day so she can spend time with her husband. She also explains how she does not want to lose her virginity but wishes to consummate her marriage. She will lose her childishness and become more adult "and learn me how to lose a winning match". She refers to many different contrasts in this speech which shows that she has not yet decided on what she wants to do and feels confused. However, she is fully aware that she loves Romeo and would do anything for him. In conclusion, I have found that Juliet is the character which has undergone the most change in the play. Her innocence and child-like behaviour is soon changed when she meets Romeo and she becomes more mature and knowledgeable. She learns how to make important decisions, whether good or bad. This speech is relevant to the outcome of the play because Juliet not knowing her fate makes conscious decisions about her life. Her naivety allows us to see what it is like for a character to not know the events that have just occurred and will occur to merely live in the present time. She only hoped for the best in the future despite audiences knowing that the play will not end happily. 1 ...read more.

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