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How does Act 3 scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet create a range of different audience reactions

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How does Act 3 scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet create a range of different audience reactions? The play "Romeo and Juliet" creates a range of different audience reactions through the use of language, tone and staging. Act 3 scene 5 of the play is one of the most important and dramatic scenes, it marks the beginning of the events that lead up to the end of the play, we know that the end is coming because in the prologue it tells us that their destiny is to die. "Two star-crossed lovers will take their lives." This means that two people whose destinies' brought them together will die. In act 3 scene 5 of the play, Shakespeare makes another reference to death as. "Methinks I see thee now, thou art so low, as one dead in the bottom of a tomb." This shows that Juliet has a premonition of Romeo dead, which produces dramatic irony because we know that Romeo dies in the end. This constructs a huge range of audience reactions such as sympathy, shock, and anxiousness for both contemporary audiences and Elizabethan audiences. In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare has used an array of different language to create a range of different audience reactions. From the very beginning in act 3 scene 5, he is already using language techniques to create effect , firstly he use the rhetorical question "Wilt thou be gone?" ...read more.


Shakespeare also shows Caplet's anger, when he calls Juliet a "mistress minion". He becomes angry because she won't do what he wants her to, so he is calling her a spoilt brat. Once her parents leave the room, Juliet begs the nurse for help, and the nurse just tells her "it is best you married with the county." This shocks the audience because we expect the nurse to be more supportive of Juliet. Shakespeare also uses sarcasm through Juliet," thou hast comforted me marvellous much." Juliet says to the nurse that she has been great help, when really the nurse hasn't offered her much help. In the final section Juliet is alone she tells the audience, "I'll go to the friar to know his remedy; if all else fail, myself have power to die." This creates dramatic irony because we know she commits suicide, the audience also feel sympathetically because we understand her situation. Shakespeare varies the tone throughout Act 3 scene 5 to differ the audience reactions that are created. At the beginning of the scene Romeo and Juliet are together in Juliet's room, this creates a calm romantic tone. Then Romeo must leave because it is day, but Juliet tries to persuade him to stay. "Nights candles are burnt out........ I must be gone to live, or stay and die". ...read more.


Throughout the scene these audiences react completely differently for example, in act 3 scene 5 part 5 when Juliet and her mother are arguing. I will not marry yet, and when I do I swear it shall not be Paris, it shall be Romeo whom you know I hate." Contemporary audiences are very surprised, by the way Juliet spoke to her mother. This changes our views about her because at the start of the play we thought that Juliet was a king gentle obedient daughter. Elizabethan audiences would have been astonished by this because it would have never happened back then, because parent/child relationships were different, children were more obedient, and respectful. Overall, in act 3 scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet a range of different audience reactions through the use of dramatic effects; these are language, tone and staging. This is done effectively by Shakespeare, and a range of different audience reactions are created for both contemporary and Elizabethan audiences. An example of one of the reactions he creates using language is emotion by using rhetorical questions and oxymorons. An example of one of the reactions he creates using tone is sadness and anger. But in the film directors interpret the audience reactions that they think Shakespeare was trying to create and use music and staging to try and recreate them, but all the directors interpret these reactions differently and end up changing the reactions. By Vas Panayi ...read more.

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