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How far do you believe that Act III scene V of 'Romeo and Juliet', is a pivotal scene in the play? Consider how this scene should be staged, including advice for the actress playing Juliet.

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Lauren Allen 10F How far do you believe that Act III scene V of 'Romeo and Juliet', is a pivotal scene in the play? Consider how this scene should be staged, including advice for the actress playing Juliet. Act III scene V is a pivotal scene in the play as within this one scene there are changes in the atmosphere, the relationship between the characters, and the characters themselves. At the beginning of this scene Romeo is preparing to leave for Mantua, Shakespeare needs to make the audience believe that Romeo and Juliet truly are in love, as Romeo not long ago said he was in love with Rosaline. Their love for each other can be shown in both the atmosphere and the way the scene is performed by the actors. The atmosphere during the opening of this scene is filled with excitement, risk but also sorrow. The young couple are going against all wishes from their families, and are at risk of being caught, but more importantly they know that they cannot be together and that Romeo has to leave. Their relationship at this stage in the play is based more on passion and excitement than true love however the language used really makes the audience aware of how strong their feelings are for each other. ...read more.


Juliet has changed drastically in this scene has she has had to grow up quickly in order to deal with such a complicated situation. When Juliet hears about this news I think the best way to act out her reaction is to almost explode. A young girl in this situation will be quick to react without thinking about the consequences. Juliet has gone from dutiful daughter to getting married, and now being married off by her mother. A young girl is likely to explode when she hears the news and this is why I feel it is appropriate if Juliet acts shocked and angry at the suggestion made by her mother. The most suitable way for the actress who plays Juliet to act out this scene is to stand up and almost stand in a position that might threaten Lady Capulet. However when Capulet himself walks in Juliet should quickly be put back in her place and show the fear she feels when he finds out her reaction by hiding behind nurse. This will not only show the audience that maybe Capulet is always a short tempered man but also shows her trust in nurse. Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy, which was written about four hundred years ago by William Shakespeare. ...read more.


Juliet's strongest relationship of all is her relationship with nurse, and yet even this changes through the course of this scene. Nurse tries to protect Juliet and by hiding behind nurse, this can show the audience Juliet's trust in her, however by the end of the scene this trust is not so apparent. Juliet attempts to turn to her mother when her father leaves, and she turns her away, 'Talk not to me for I'll not speak a word. Do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee.' I think Lady Capulet should say this in a very formal way almost as if it is what is expected by Capulet. Juliet now feels isolated and alone and it is at this point she turns to nurse who she depends on. 'Well, thou hast comforted me marvelous much.' This should definitely be said in a sarcastic tone, as Juliet cannot believe that nurse is going against Romeo and agreeing with the idea of Paris. Overall in this scene the moods and relationships have changed for the worse. After Act 3 Scene 5 nothing goes well for anyone, however the scenes between Romeo and Juliet make it less of a tragedy and more of a love story as it is well known as. This love can only be shown through close physical contact and language in which the audience can connect with the couple and truly believe they are in love. ...read more.

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