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How would you direct an actress playing Juliet during her confrontation of Capulet in the latter stage of act 3 scene 5?

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The relationship between Juliet and the nurse is a better example of the mother-daughter relationship than that of Juliet and Lady Capulet. Discuss with close reference to act 2 scene 5 and act 3 scene 5 in particular. How would you direct an actress playing Juliet during her confrontation of Capulet in the latter stage of act 3 scene 5? William Shakespeare was baptised on April the 26th 1564, he was the eldest son of John and Mary. 52 years after Shakespeare was born he died. Although Shakespeare was only 52 when he died he wrote 38 different plays, this took him about 25 years. Shakespeare's education ended prematurely as he did not go to university, although we can see that he was a well-educated man, as we know that he went to his local grammar school. The Shakespearean play that I am studying is Romeo and Juliet. The prologue at the beginning explains that Romeo and Juliet are "star crossed lovers" this shows that superstition and fate are key themes in the play. Romeo and Juliet is a play that involves many themes the main ones being; love, marriage, parental conflict and fate. The play starts with Romeo loving a girl called Rosaline unfortunately his love is unrequited. Romeo is a Montigue and Juliet is a Capulet. The Montigue's and the Capulet's are old enemies and their feud has lasted for many years. ...read more.

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There is a lack of dramatic devices in this scene although there are many present in the latter part of the play especially dramatic irony. As we enter act 3 scene 5 Juliet is awoken by her mother this is a shock as her mother would not normally call on her at this time of the morning. This makes Juliet feel very strange as Juliet is unsure of what time her mother even gets up on a normal day. From this we can see that Juliet and L. Capulet have a distant relationship. Because of the way that Juliet addresses her mother later on in the scene we can that she does not see her mother as a figure of authority or some-one that she should respect like she does with the Nurse. Juliet speaks to her mother very formally and makes no extra effort to be polite. From act 3 scene 5 line 6 we can see that L. Capulet does not understand the way that Juliet feels as she makes no real effort to comfort her and she makes jokes about Tybalt's death. "Evermore weeping for your cousins death? What, wilt thou wash him from his grave with tears?" There is dramatic irony in this part if the scene as L. Capulet is talking about Tybalt's death because she doesn't know that Juliet is really crying for her husband Romeo. ...read more.

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The way I would do this is to use red velvet for drapes curtains and also for around the bed, I four-poster bed made from dark wood to express romance within the room and also glittering candles. I would also try to indicate that she is well educated with a lot of money by using bookshelves and wardrobes to show clothes etc. In the room I would also include a doll in the corner to show signs that she is still a child. The people in this scene are L. Capulet, Capulet, Juliet and the Nurse, as Capulet is in a bad mood with Juliet I would have him standing tall above everybody else to show that he is a figure of authority. Capulet will enter from the main door but will not be angry when he first walks in, as he has not yet heard the news of Juliet's decision that she will not marry Paris. As Juliet is telling her father her decision she wills stand her ground and move slowly around the stage. When Juliet's father Capulet starts calling her names Juliet will cower behind the Nurse but will have a penetrating stare on her father. Capulet's movements will be slow and steady and moving towards Juliet. During the scene I would use the lights to express feelings. Whilst Capulet was standing over Juliet I would have a red light on him, this would show anger and make sure that people were focussing on him. ...read more.

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