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How should the actress playing the role of Juliet convey her feelings to the audience in Act Three Scene Five of "Romeo and Ju

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Thomas McCarten 10G How should the actress playing the role of Juliet convey her feelings to the audience in Act Three Scene Five of "Romeo and Juliet"? Act three, scene five is probably the most important part of the play in terms of Juliet's changing emotions and inner feelings. She becomes increasingly isolated and throughout the scene we start to realize how distressed Juliet inevitably becomes. She parts with Romeo, receives heavy insults from her father Capulet, then feels betrayed by the Nurse who believes Paris is the man she should marry. The scene opens the morning after Romeo and Juliet's wedding night together, yet the atmosphere is sombre because Romeo must leave, following the punishment he received for killing Tybalt and entering the Capulet party in disguise. His sentence was banishment, to the obvious despair of Juliet. Before Romeo leaves, he explains that the awful times they are going through at the moment will provide good conversation in the future "I doubt it not: and all these woes shall serve for sweet discourses in our time to come." Juliet is undoubtedly in a mood of deep sadness and despair following his departure but luckily, as Lady Capulet enters to see her crying, she has a truthful sounding excuse. ...read more.


However, the audience know that Juliet does actually want to marry Romeo, and she is using this line "It shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate" as a trick to cover up their relationship. Juliet should deliver this line using a loud angry voice and perhaps go face to face with Lady Capulet to show determination. The word hate can be stressed to show her (false) opinion on Romeo. Also, she should say the entire line with speed and ferocity to add to the effect of meaning exactly what she says. By using this dramatic irony and lines with double meanings, Juliet subtly conveys her real feelings to the audience, which in turn means that they know more than the other characters do, and focuses in on Juliet as the main character. Obviously, being almost forced to marry the man she doesn't want to marry must be stressful for Juliet, and unsurprisingly she responds in a way that reflects this. Earlier in the story Juliet was putting on an act of mild obedience yet she suddenly changes after the marrying Paris issue. She says what she wants to say with conviction, and suddenly doesn't feel scared to say it "It shall be Romeo whom you know I hate, rather than Paris" She is clearly more aggressive and powerful, emotive words are used such as "hate" and "dead" "Indeed, I never shall be satisfied with Romeo, till I behold him-dead". ...read more.


Juliet must suddenly feel as though she no longer has anyone to speak to and therefore her feelings of isolation must be at an all time high. This "betrayal" from the Nurse, parting with Romeo, the insults from Capulet as well as the added pressure of marrying Paris, are bound to send Juliet into deep despair. Juliet's final soliloquy symbolises how desperate Juliet is and the drastic measures she will go to "Ancient damnation! O most wicked fiend! Is it more sin to wish me forsworn. Or to dispraise my lord with that same tongue which she hath praised him with above compare so many thousand times? Go, counsellor; thou and my bosom henceforth shall be twain. I'll to the friar, to know his remedy: If all else fail, myself have the power to die." Juliet will fake her own death, which in her eyes is the only thing she can do to get out of the Paris marriage. The actress should deliver this final soliloquy with all her heart and speak out loud and clearly to the audience. Certain words should be stressed such as "damnation, wicked, die" to maintain audience interest, they are very powerful, emotive words. They show how Juliet is feeling and the stress she is currently under, which therefore makes this scene very dramatic. ...read more.

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