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How successful do you think Shakespeare has been at developing relationships and dramatic effect in Act 3 scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet?

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How successful do you think Shakespeare has been at developing relationships and dramatic effect in Act 3 scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet? How do you think a modern audiences' response would differ from a Shakespearean audience? Introduction- The importance of act 3 is to show the audience how much of a turning point this is for Romeo and Juliet. In act 3 everything goes wrong for Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare showed this to the audience in a variety of ways. many different relationships happen in act 3 such as: * Romeo and Juliet parted * Juliet falls out with her parents After these changes, the characters will start to respond differently to one another during act 3. Tension will rise as the scenes follow through and will become rather dramatic. In this essay I will be explaining Shakespeare's use of: * language * images * dramatic irony * pauses * how the tension builds up to create a dramatic scene. Act 3 scene 4 is left cliff-hanger. Capulet tells his wife (Lady Capulet) that Juliet will marry Paris on Thursday. Juliet doesn't want this to happen and the audience know this, she wants to marry Romeo - this makes the tension rise. ...read more.


It is a very happy beginning at the of the scene when Romeo and Juliet wake up together, but then there is a dramatic change when Capulet enters the scene. Every thing then goes wrong for Romeo and Juliet. When Capulet finds out that Juliet doesn't want to marry Paris he was not very happy at all, infact he goes mad. He starts insulting her, he also gets very angry with everyone including Lady Capulet. Capulet quotes "Out, you green-sickness carrion! out, you baggage! You tallow-face!" this really gives us a vision of how angry he actually is, he is insulting his very own daughter. Lady Capulet says "Fie, fie, what, are you mad?" Lady Capulet absolutely can not believe what her husband is saying to his own daughter and Lady Capulet sticks up for Juliet at once, for a bit (Shakespeare is showing the mother and daughter relationship between Lady Capulet and Juliet, the mother is sticking up for her daughter here). Capulet is in control and the audience can see this buy the way Capulet uses his language and dramatic performance. Capulet is trying to control Juliet in what she does and he thinks he will control her but Juliet is stronger then that and she will fight back, because she wants to stay with Romeo and that's all she wants. ...read more.


I would personally stage this scene very simliar to that of the modern version of the film. There are bits that I would stage differently, such as when Juliet is on her hands and knees. I would show that Juliet is lonely and has no one n her side by curling up in to a ball on her floor. I would like my Shakespearean audience to be touched, suprised and shocked, I think the director has suceeded in this well in the old version of the film, because back then people would feel that Juliet is very disrespectful buy the way she says no to her father when he wants her to marry Paris. In a modern audience point of view I would like them to feel a lot of sympathy for Juliet and I would want the audience to be against Capulet. The director does this well in the modern version of the film, this makes the film much more appealing for the younger generation to watch. Conclusion- Overall, I feel that this scene is very effective and Shakespeare does it very well. The relationships are created very well. Such as : Juliet thinks the nurse would be on her side but she isn't. this has a big dramatic change in the relationship. Shakespeare is very succsessful in making a dramatic scenes by using different ; ...read more.

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