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How Does Shakespeare make Act 3 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet Dramatically Effect?

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How Does Shakespeare make Act 3 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet Dramatically Effect? Romeo and Juliet is a story of two "star-crossed lovers" who are separated from two feuding families: the Capulets and Montagues. This powerful story includes deception, violence, secrets and of course love in which Shakespeare adapts so it has an enormous dramatic impact on the audience. Act 3 scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet is one of the most dramatic of scenes in the play. This scene is quite important especially for the character Juliet who is involved all through the scene. This is because Shakespeare makes dramatic use of what people know or do not to build up tension for the audience and Juliet. To do this Shakespeare plays one character against the other by using suspense, excitement, sympathy, irony and other such dramatic devices to keep the audience interested. The scene within the context of the whole scene is based in Juliet's bedchamber and in this case is very symbolic to Romeo and Juliet. "Enter Romeo and Juliet at the window". This sets the dream like scene that is quiet and peaceful. This is symbolic to the audience but also Romeo and Juliet because it the first place they ever met and ironically, the last place they will ever will before their fateful deaths. ...read more.

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This creates massive tension on the audience because only they and Juliet know what is going on. Juliet's ambiguity expressions cause the audience to feel even more tension because they know Juliet is trying to be subtle yet truthful to her mother but also her husband. Although Juliet has tried to keep the peace and news of her secret marriage from her mother, all does become known when Lady Capulet has "joyful tidings" of the engagement to Paris. " Now by Saint Peter's Church, and Peter too, He shall not make me there a joyful bride." to "...and when I do, I swear it shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate rather than Paris. These are news indeed." This oath is very strong especially for an Elizabethan audience. The audience would be shocked at Juliet's outburst at her unsympathetic mother. The audience would be shocked at this oath made by Juliet considering she has sworn by God, which in the time of Shakespeare would have been like swearing. To make matters worse she takes God's name and speaks disrespectfully at her mother and very assertively tells she will not marry. This is dramatically effective because the use of imperatives and short simple statements would enhance the tension massively onto the audience. ...read more.

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This reveals the true selfishness of the nurse in which the audience would loathe. The stage directions and emotions of Juliet also add to the dramatic effect at the end of the scene where the nurse exits "she looks after nurse". This stage direction tells the audience of the unbelievable events that occurred leaving Juliet shocked but even angrier. " Ancient damnation! O most wicked fiend!" these short exclamations emphasise the dramatic effect the dramatic effect of Juliet's anger and betrayal of her nurse. Shakespeare skilfully adds this twist of the nurse's betrayal to force the audience to see Juliet's dilemma. Although the audience may feel sympathetic towards Juliet, the audience will be agonising over what Juliet is to do next. Juliet ends the scene a gripping "cliff-hanger": "If all else fails, myself have power to die", which is terribly ironic as this is what leads this to her ultimate death. This scene is very effective as we can the real characters are revealed in a way with consequences. This scene shows that Shakespeare must have understood human emotions well, and manipulating characters made a massive impact on the play as a whole. This scene also shows how love can bring happiness but also pain and suffering. I think this scene is successful in the way Shakespeare conveys emotions to create powerful plays such as Romeo and Juliet. ...read more.

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