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Explore How Shakespeare Makes Act 3 Scene 5 Dramatically Effective

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Explore How Shakespeare Makes Act 3 Scene 5 Dramatically Effective Act 3 Scene 5 follows on from and gains much of its dramatic power from Act 3 Scene 4, which is a short and tense scene. The audience will be very worried about what will happen to Juliet after Capulet tells her his plans for marriage. It is also very ironic as we know that upstairs Romeo and Juliet are having their honeymoon and downstairs Capulet is planning a marriage! It is almost as if Romeo and Juliet's relationship has been doomed right from the start, when Juliet found out that Romeo was a Montague! In addition, Romeo's slaying of Tybalt contributed to this sense that their relationship cannot flourish, as if he hadn't slain Tybalt then he wouldn't have been banished so would have been able to stay with Juliet. Shakespeare presents Verona as a very patriarchal society, so Capulet arranging Juliet's marriage isn't really surprising but is disturbing as we want Juliet and Romeo to have a happy ending. All the time references, 'These times of woe afford no time to woo.' add to the pace of the play as they are rushing into a marriage and we are eager to find out what is going to happen. This imagery also suggests to the audience that time is running out for Romeo and Juliet. Act 3 Scene 4 is quite a dramatic scene, as we, as an audience, know that Juliet is already married to Romeo. ...read more.

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Shakespeare adds the dashes to give the line a double meaning. Lady Capulet thinks Juliet is saying that she won't be satisfied until Romeo is dead but Juliet is actually saying that she won't be satisfied until she sees Romeo again and that her heart is dead, thus raising further sympathy from the audience. When Lady Capulet uses words such as 'joy' and 'joyful' it is ironic as Juliet doesn't think that the proposed marriage is joyful at all. Juliet repeats the same words as Lady Capulet as she is in shock 'He shall not make me there a joyful bride.' This makes it even more ironic as she uses joyful as well. The fact that Juliet defies the proposal is not really a shock to the audience but increases tension as they wonder what Juliet's father will say. The audience is worried for Juliet's sake as in this patriarchal society, Juliet is seen as a sort of possession or a trophy as women/girls were supposed to have unquestioning obedience in Elizabethan times. An audience of this time would have been quite shocked at Juliet's defiant response to this proposal. 'He shall not make me there a joyful bride.' The entrance of Capulet raises the tension up another notch as the audience then speculates on what his response will be to Juliet's defiance. The storm image that Shakespeare gives Capulet ('For still thy eyes, which I may call the sea, do ebb and flow with tears; the bark thy body is sailing in this salt flood; the winds, thy sighs') ...read more.

Conclusion

In the Luhrmann interpretation, the Nurse is shown still in the room and she doesn't appear to understand Juliet's sarcasm. This works but I think that the original version is better as it creates a good image of Juliet on the stage alone and could also, as the nurse hurries out of the room, show that the Nurse understands Juliet's sarcasm but doesn't want Juliet to know it. When Juliet is left on the stage alone it is a very powerful image as it shows that she really is alone and that it is the end. Her final words, if all else fail, I myself have power to die, are very disturbing and dramatic as they foreshadow what is going to happen at the end of the play. Shakespeare then creates a lot of tension and suspense as the audience are eager to know what happens next. I think that this scene is very powerful, dramatic and tense as it captivates the audience and has twists and turns. My favourite moment is when Capulet comes in as there is a lot of tension and it really grips the audience at that point. This scene is also very sad as, in retrospect, it is the last time we see Romeo and Juliet together alive which is very upsetting. It is also effective how Shakespeare turns the scene around from love at the beginning moving towards hate at the end which shows that love and hate are both later connected. ?? ?? ?? ?? Mark Prentice-Whitney 10T ...read more.

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