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Explore the ways in which act 3 scene 4 prepare the audience for the tragic ending of the play. (Romeo and Juliet)

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Explore the ways in which act 3 scenes 4 and 5 prepare the audience for the tragic ending of the play. Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare. The play is about a Young Couple who disastrously die in the end. The couple's families are in an everlasting feud which leads up to the two lover's deaths. In the prologue of Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare describes the couple as a "Pair of star cross'd lovers" which implies that the couple where fooling themselves and that there was no way they could have been together because of their families differences. Throughout the set scenes .Shakespeare has made sure to add in many images of death leading to the end, which again helps prepare the audience for the tragedy that lies to come. Also, to prepare the audience for the tragic ending of the play there are several premonitions of the future in the characters speeches through out the set scenes. Romeo and Juliet is a play split up into two parts, each part with opposite moods. Romantic and drastic. The beginning of the play, where the characters are happy, everything is going accordingly, Romeo and Juliet meet, grasp their love of each other, Friar Laurence marries the lovers. The mood is happy and romantic. As for the second part which is leading up to the ending, Romeo leaves Verona, Juliet is told she is to marry Paris, she then drinks a potion which makes her ...read more.

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Juliet's conversation with her mother prepares the audience for the tragic ending of the play as again it portrays many images of death, also the characters, Juliet in particular, seem to predict the future; "To bear a poison I would temper it, that Romeo should upon receipt there of soon sleep in quiet. " By saying this Juliet is being very ambiguous, as she is telling her mother, that she wants to kill Romeo by poisoning him, and so she wishes to mix the poison herself, to seek revenge of her cousin's death. Of course the audience know that Juliet does not wish to kill Romeo, but to save him, as if she were to mix the poison herself, she could trick her family and all others and not make not a poison but a simple potion to set Romeo into a temporary sleep which will make him seem dead. Juliet is being very smart here as she knows her family would want to kill Romeo anyway, so she implies she is so angry at her cousins death she would like to mix the poison herself, therefore her family will not be suspicious of her actions. This conversation between Juliet and Lady Capulet is based on a dramatic irony; the audience know that throughout this scene Juliet is talking positively about Romeo, but Lady Capulet thinks Juliet is very upset about her dead cousin Tybalt. ...read more.

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He Describes Romeo and Juliet as a "Pair of star cross'd lovers", this is because, two people both from feuding families fall "in love" with each other, from there, the audience can sense that it will never work. In addition, Shakespeare sets the play in a very patriarchal society, the men were also very competitive which was the ultimate cause of the family feud, as if the men hadn't had had so much pride nor been so competitive about rank, no disagreements would have occurred. Also Shakespeare has made it so there are many images of death, makes it so there is a rapid change in mood half way through the play, going from romantic to drastic, which also explains the reason for the rapid change in the characters, such as, Capulet's rage and also, time and events seem to start getting out of control and taking over the characters lives. Nearing the end of the play, Shakespeare has made it so the characters start to predict their future, He makes it so the characters seem to know they are going to die. All of these techniques, beginning from the prologue, show that the play is a tragedy. In many ways, Shakespeare makes it so the audience can easily guess the ending of the play. As in Act 3, scene 5, Juliet's final Conversation with Romeo, Juliet has a premonition of the ending of the play. Also Because of the two families differences it is obvious from the start of the play the couple are doomed. Lida, 11n ...read more.

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