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How would you direct Act 3, scene 5 (lines 126- 242) from Romeo and Juliet, to show the differences in the way people of different generations behave or react to circumstances?

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How would you direct Act 3, scene 5 (lines 126- 242) from 'Romeo and Juliet', to show the differences in the way people of different generations behave or react to circumstances? This scene is relevant to the whole play because it shows how the patriarchal society is being challenged, it is also the scene that we see where Juliet grows up, she matures and realises that she has the 'power' to kill herself, where as before she didn't have any power. Earlier in the play Juliet had been introduced to the audience by her father, when talking about her to Paris, from being a very irrelevant character to taking the stage on her own. Another key thing on in this scene is where family relations change. Capulet at the beginning speaks very highly of her precious daughter comparing her to a boat on a stormy sea. ...read more.

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As the nurse walks in to tell Juliet that her mother wants to speak to her, she would be wearing a traditional maids outfit in black and white and very simple, to show that she is nothing more than just a nurse and nothing more. On the other hand I would dress Capulet in his best clothes, ready for a joyful day. Which of course doesn't go to plan. Finally I would have Lady Capulet wearing something posh, looking very well taken care of, it's her kind of character and she should dress nice. Joyful Capulet comes to find out if his beautiful wife has given his precious daughter his 'decree', with Capulet using the word decree it makes it sound like an order, although he will have a smile on his face, which will be shortly wiped of with Lady Capulet news. ...read more.

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The audience will feel sympathy for Juliet. She is left with a huge dilemma, she has married the family's enemy and now her father is telling her to marry another man. Feeling abandoned the audience will feel Juliet's pain, how could everyone betray poor Juliet. The message of the scene is never to disobey dads because id girls disobey their dads they will end up in big trouble. Juliet married Romeo in secret which was a big mistake, so when Capulet tells Juliet to marry the Nobel Paris, she can't! She's already married! Her only option will be to kill herself, maybe stupid but this is the only way out of her situation. I believe that the likely Elizabethan reaction would be amazement at Juliet's Behaviour, how could she disobey her father! ...read more.

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