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How does Juliet gain the audiences sympathy during the Events that take place in Act 3 and 4

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Ben Gilkes 10.1 How does Juliet gain the audiences sympathy during the Events that take place in Act 3 and 4 Juliet is characterised against the background of fighting and hatred. Her love develops into undying loyalty. Shakespeare's' stagecraft and language choice strongly influences the audiences reactions to Juliet's erratic mood changes and actions. The expectations of Elizabethan audiences were that children should always obey and respect their parents so the audience were probably very surprised at how Juliet acted in the play. Most families didn't expect their children to marry just because of love. They expected them to marry into the right family or class, and not to marry without their parent's permission or blessing. The tradition in most plays and life in Elizabethan times was that the couple should court each other for some time and then maybe get married. In Elizabethan times there was a lot of belief in fate and destiny which was closely linked to the stars. People may have changed their life dramatically just because of a dream or what a fortune teller may have told them. In act 1 scene 5 we find out who Juliet is and that she is a Capulet. ...read more.


see him again, and she turns back to despair the audience feels very sympathetic to Juliet because her newly wed husband has just gone without having their wedding night together. After this Juliet is very confused, the nurse is already condemning Romeo when Juliet still sees a chance of them getting back together. The nurse tells her that Romeo has gone and she must find a practical solution. Juliet suddenly becomes very angry at the nurse for suggesting such a thing, exclaiming at the nurse "blistered be thy tongue" and "o what a beat was I to chide at him". Juliet is ashamed that she said anything bad about Romeo. The audience is probably thinking that Juliet has a very imbalanced personality and sorry for her because she is so desperate to get Romeo back when we know they are destined to die. At the Start of act 3 scene 5 the audience would share Juliet's loss and sadness because of Romeo leaving her after their night together knowing that she may never see him again, as Romeo says "I must be gone and live, or stay and die" This could be rather an ironic statement because when he goes he is alive and when he comes back he dies. ...read more.


This shows us that she would rather be buried alive in a tomb full of her dead relatives than break her marriage vows to Romeo. This would surprise the audience at this time in the play because Juliet has been quite obedient towards her parents. As Romeo sees Juliet in the tomb the audience would feel extremely hopeful that Juliet would wake in time but horrified that if he had waited a few minutes with her, they would be living. I expect this would make some people even tearful at the sight of the "star crossed lovers" dieing together. Juliet's final speech "then I'll be brief ... there rust, and let me die." This is a very short but powerful speech that shows Juliet as not making empty statements that meant nothing but actually following through with her thoughts of not living without Romeo. It shows that she is very courageous to take her life for her love. The audience would feel the same for her and also they may be very shocked at Juliet's tragic act and become sympathetic towards them. During the play Juliet is portrayed by Shakespeare to get a sympathetic reaction from the audience. She has some irrational and vulnerable characteristics, but develops to be a much stronger character, with great loyalty and determination. She follows her heart with a desperate passion, which could be considered to be her fatal flaw. ...read more.

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