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Explore TheDramatic Effectiveness Of Three Key Soliloquies in Romeo and Juliet.

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Explore The Dramatic Effectiveness Of Three Key Soliloquies in Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare has written a total of 18 plays that are full of poetic soliloquies to express very dramatic, poignant images and to show a lot of mixed emotions. The speeches in Romeo and Juliet show many complex emotions from a number of characters. The language used shows feelings that fluctuate wildly between extreme delight and acute distress. These are the more burning, electrifying moments in the play. These intense speeches are brought into Romeo and Juliet when there is a low level of action and are used to increase the audience's knowledge of the plot and the characters. In the times when Shakespeare's plays would have been performed, people couldn't go to a large, elegant theatre. The plays would be performed in a room where the audience would have to gather round the protagonists so they would be a lot closer, creating an extreme sense of intimacy. This meant that when one of the protagonists did their soliloquy it had an enthralling effect in the viewers. The friar's soliloquy in Act two, Scene 3 is used to introduce the character for the first time and to create an unforgettable impression that will stick to the friar throughout the play. ...read more.

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The style of the speech reflects the idea that he's not an ostentatious man but just an ordinary, unpretentious man. The friar does not aim to stand out and look for attention and merits; he tries to stay out of other people's affairs as much as possible. Or at least this is the impression we get. Juliet's soliloquy is on the night of her wedding as she awaits Romeo's arrival. Juliet seems excited about this night but there is a lot of dramatic irony involved because in the last scene the audience saw that Romeo had been exiled for killing Tybalt. Even though she is excited the audience sees another side of her character and her feelings for Romeo. Juliet is only a 13-year-old girl but the audience realise that her relationship with Romeo is not just sexually based. Their relationship is a lot more sophisticated and even quite spiritual. "Take him and cut him out in little stars," This shows that both Romeo and Juliet translate each other to stars as astrology and fate played a large part in the Shakespearian times. Her language within the soliloquy conveys both excitement and fear. ...read more.

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Friar Lawrence's soliloquy reveals a lot about his character, it also shows his mature, philosophical view on nature and life in general. This soliloquy shows how he is a very unorthodox Friar as it has shown earlier. Juliet's soliloquy is the complete opposite to the Friar's as it reveals all of her emotions in just 30 lines. Excitement; "Gallop apace, you fiery-footed steeds," Joy; "And learn me how to lose a winning match," Fear; "Not yet enjoyed. So tedious is this day," Romeo's soliloquy is at the climax of the play, when he sees Juliet lying 'dead' in the tomb and just before he poisons himself. This soliloquy is also an opposite to the last; Romeo's words are quite disturbing, upsetting and depressing. This technique leaves the audience sympathising with the hero especially as the audience know that Juliet is not actually dead. Again there is irony in this speech due to what the audience already know. The irony in both Romeo's and Juliet's soliloquies creates greater dramatic impact which makes the audience feel privileged and involved. As the audience listen to the soliloquies they learn a lot about the main plot of the play. They learn that the two star crossed lovers have so many intense feelings that the fate of their suicides was inevitable. ...read more.

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