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How Shakespeare turned words into emotion in Romeo and Juliet

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How Shakespeare turned words into emotion In Romeo and Juliet, Act 3 scene 5, the bedroom scene, is one of the most important scenes that Shakespeare wrote into the play and it is incredibly crucial to the storyline. It shows how emotions changed vastly and rapidly. It also shows how happiness and excitement can change to anger and upset with just a few simple words. Shakespeare has written this scene extremely well and has made all his points to the audience clear. Some people may call this scene a turning point in the play as a lot of changes take place. There are four distinct phases in this scene which stand out as different parts to the scene. The bedroom scene (phase one) shows the audience how happy the couple is but how upset they become after parting. When Lady Capulet enters (phase two) the speech becomes sharper and the audience can see Juliet's sadness over Romeo's banishment. This phase also shows the shock, sorrow and fury of Juliet when she finds out about the already arranged marriage to Paris. The entry of Lord Capulet (phase three) ...read more.

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at the end of a discussion with her mother about marriage. This told us that she was very obedient and would marry whoever her parents asked her to. Phase three: Entry of Lord Capulet When Lord Capulet enters and first sees his tearful daughter, his reaction is sympathetic. He thinks that she is weeping for Tybalt, just like Lady Capulet did, and also thinks comments on her crying for too long. Juliet would expect his support because earlier in the play he is very considerate and kind-hearted towards Juliet. We know that he respects her and her well-being because, when Paris asked for her hand in marriage in act one, he says "My child is yet a stranger in the world, she hath not seen the change of fourteen years; let two more summers wither in their pride, ere we may think her ripe to be a bride." This shows us that he knows Juliet is too young to be married and wants to wait a while. The vicious comment that Lady Capulet makes changes Lord Capulet's caring mood. This comment is: "Ay, sir, but she will none, she gives you thanks. ...read more.

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Shakespeare gradually, one by one, strips away Juliet's supports: First Romeo has to leave her at the beginning of the scene, then her mother turns against her when she declines the proposal, next she loses the trust in her father when he becomes extremely angry and threatens her after she has refused to marry Paris and lastly, she loses faith and trust in the nurse when she tries to make her forget about Romeo and marry Paris. In the end, Juliet is left alone. There is a huge contrast between Juliet's feelings at the beginning and at the end of the scene. At the beginning she is peaceful and relaxed, but at the end of the scene, we can see that she has become very angry, upset and tense. The language used in this scene affects the audience dramatically. The poetic language at the beginning makes the audience feel like everything is fine and that, in the play, love could overcome anything. But the violent language from Lord Capulet makes the audience almost feel the fright and grief that Juliet is feeling as her father is shouting at her and threatening her. Overall, this scene is very effective and is written well. The audience can see and make out all of the emotions and almost feel them through the language used. ...read more.

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