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How does Shakespeare use language, characters and dramatic devices to evoke sympathy for Juliet?

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Jemima Wright How does Shakespeare use language, characters and dramatic devices to evoke sympathy for Juliet? In Act 3 Scene 5 of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet a modern audience would respond by feeling sympathy for Juliet because she sees a premonition of Romeo's death, she and Romeo never get to say a proper goodbye, Juliet's father is angry and comes across abusive, Juliet has to lie to her mother's face and by the end of the scene Juliet has no one to talk to, or to be her friend. In these ways Shakespeare uses three devices of language, characters and dramatic devices to create sympathy for Juliet, and I think that the most effective is dramatic irony because it is used throughout the whole play and as the audience knows Juliet and Romeo will die and are powerless to stop it happening. The first way Shakespeare creates sympathy for Juliet in Act 3 Scene 5 is her foreshadowing Romeo's death. Juliet says "Methinks I see thee now, thou art so low, As one dead in the bottom of a tomb." Which creates sympathy by using a dramatic device of foreshadowing, where a character sees into the future, without them knowing that they are doing it. The audience feel sorry for Juliet because they know that indeed the next time Juliet does see Romeo, he will be dead, but ...read more.


Out you baggage." He uses dramatic irony, we know why she can't marry Paris, but Capulet thinks its just because she's spoilt. A modern day audience see how that is rude, and in current times you wouldn't speak to your parents or children in that way, but an Elizabethan audience would have understood what Capulet was feeling, and would understand his anger since in Elizabethan times children were spoilt due to high mortality rates so for Capulet to be willing to cast his child out it shows his anger and disgust of Juliet. Whilst a modern audience would feel that Capulet is over reacting and Juliet has done nothing wrong, and Elizabethan audience would be sickened by Juliet and outraged that she would love Romeo let alone go behind her parents back to marry him. A modern audience would feel sorry for Juliet because we see how the hierarchy is different and no matter any ones efforts no one can change his mind. When Juliet uses language that deceives her mother to make her mother feel that Juliet is angry with Romeo for killing her cousin Tybalt, instead being upset for Romeo having to leave, Juliet says, "I shall never be satisfied with Romeo until I behold him - dead." ...read more.


of the hierarchy, has also left her, they would feel sympathy for her and shame for her that truly no one is her friend, but they would also think that she had brought it on herself, and it is her fault and punishment for rebelling. Juliet is now completely alone, making a modern and an Elizabethan audience feel a lot of sympathy towards her. Overall a modern audience feel sympathy for Juliet that she is forced into marriage and that she is in love with the wrong person so young in her life. They would feel sorry for her that she has to lie to her mother and go behind her back so much when in modern times families accept one and other no matter who they are or who they love. An Elizabethan audience however would feel angry and maybe even disgusted with Juliet to lie to her family so much and go behind their backs, and that she would disobey her parents so openly and disrespectfully and maybe some of them would be jealous because they have never truly fallen in love and has always been in a marriage with a man their parents picked out. However an Elizabethan audience would also feel sorry for Juliet because she is in love with the wrong person and there is no way of them being together and being alive. ...read more.

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