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HOW DOES SHAKESPEARE ADD INTEREST AND EXCITEMENT FOR THE AUDIENCE IN ACT 3 SCENE 5 OF "ROMEO AND JULIET"? Romeo and Juliet is full of exciting incidents which are intertwined to create the interesting plot itself. The audience have already witnessed many key events in Act 3 Scene 5. Romeo has already spent his first night with Juliet in her chamber at the house of Capulet. The audience are shocked with the unexpected arrivance of Lady Capulet. "Your lady mother is coming to your chamber" Here we see the nurse trying to warn Juliet that her mother is about to walk into her room. This immediately makes Romeo try and escape from the Capulet house via the famous balcony. Only moments after his escape, Lady Capulet arrives. She finds Juliet crying and Lady Capulet is made to think that Juliet is crying out of sympathy towards the death of her cousin Tybalt, however she is crying over Romeo's departure. Then Lady Capulet tells Juliet the 'good news' which is that she is to get married to Paris the following Thursday. This causes even more distress for Juliet. Due to the fact that Lady Capulet believes that Juliet is crying over Tybalt, she informs Juliet that if she wishes, she can have Romeo assassinated; she says this to try and make Juliet feel better however this has the total opposite effect on Juliet. At this point, Juliet refuses to marry Paris, which creates suspense for the audience, as they do not know what is going to happen next. Juliet is already beginning to be rejected by her own mother and this fact makes the audience rather more intrigued. Not before long, Capulet finds out about the situation and Juliet's refusal to marry Paris. This is the point where the audience realise the cold heartedness of Capulet and his role as a detached father. He shows anger and violence towards Juliet, saying he will disown her if she does not do as he wishes. ...read more.


We assume that Lady Capulet will support Juliet in whatever decision she chooses to make but in fact, Lady Capulet turns against Juliet and supports her husband's opinion. There is no way out for Juliet at this stage. Both her parents want her to do something that she cannot bring herself to agree upon. Nevertheless, Juliet keeps her calm as she is quite certain that there will be at least one person siding with her; the nurse. The nurse does her greatest to mother Juliet as her own and partly replaces the deeds Lady Capulet should have performed for Juliet. Juliet relies on the nurse above all else, and in a way, probably appreciates her more than her actual parents. During this scene, the nurse tells Juliet that maybe it is best for her to listen to her parents and agree to marrying Paris. "...marry, I will; and this is wisely done". The nurse is telling Juliet that maybe it will be wise and best for Juliet if she was to marry Paris. Although this may have seemed like a betrayal by the nurse to Juliet, in my opinion the nurse said this with Juliet's best interests at heart. This segment of the scene, was a vital part of the play to the audience as it contains a great deal of drama and unforeseen outcomes. The society in which this play was placed upon adds major excitement to the play. Romeo and Juliet both come from feuding families of many years. Due to this reason, the two lovers have to keep their love affair a secret from humanity which keeps the spectators on edge having them question themselves: "What will happen next...?" The fact that the audience is uncertain of why the actual feuds occurring within the two families befell, adds further anticipation to their minds. Their imaginations at this point would be racing in order to come to an adequate conclusion to the reason behind the family feud. ...read more.


At only the age of 13, she is showing courage, determination and strength, which even an adult would find difficulty in doing. By doing this, she is exposing her mature attitude towards life therefore all this is to be admired upon by most viewers and should be successful in doing so. William Shakespeare uses the element of dramatic irony with the character of Juliet. "Indeed, I never shall be satisfied with Romeo, till I behold him-dead-..." The way in which she masks her feelings for Romeo gives the audience a greater involvement. The audience will revel in the fact that they know a vital piece of information that the initial characters do not even know. She covers up her deep feelings towards Romeo, which for anyone in her situation would be difficult to do. This use of dramatic irony keeps the audience in suspense and makes them feel rather more involved with the character of Juliet. This also creates further approbation towards Juliet and helps maintain the attention of the viewers. In my opinion, the way in which William Shakespeare has composed 'Romeo and Juliet' has sustained the interest, excitement and suspense throughout the entire play. The fact that it is cleverly written and constructed evolves a superior appeal and aids it in becoming a timeless piece; the subject has a positive affect on all age ranges. Whether young or old, everyone has some element in which to relate to. An older audience could revel in the aspect of Juliet's 'obscene' behaviour and defiance, whereas a younger audience could be occupied with the facet of Romeo and Juliet's devotion to the peculiar behaviour of Capulet. William Shakespeare deals with jealousy, hate, great passion and defiance, which is something we can all relate to and appreciate to a certain degree. I think this play written by William Shakespeare was fantastically composed and was written with a certain technique that is impossible to be achieved by the majority of writers. His skill, dexterity and aptitude to write was truly proved in "Romeo and Juliet'. Ayesha Parvez 10FA 10.1 Miss Grogan Romeo and Juliet ...read more.

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