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It is argued by many critics that Act 3 Scene 5 is the most dramatic scene in the play. How did Shakespeare utilise language and dramatic devices to highlight the dilemma facing Juliet at this crucial moment?

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It is argued by many critics that Act 3 Scene 5 is the most dramatic scene in the play. How did Shakespeare utilise language and dramatic devices to highlight the dilemma facing Juliet at this crucial moment? The turmoil that Juliet faces in this scene is strengthened by the stage directions and language utilised by Shakespeare. It is imperative to explore the relationships in this essay connecting Juliet with her close circle of family and friends, who all reject her idealistic ideas on marriage as Juliet's world deteriorates into a state of uncertainty. I will also explore the language and imagery, which is a focal point of this scene's analysis, as Shakespeare's consciously crafted language ensures ironic windows are left open for his audience to peer through in order to see the plot before it happens. This scene highlights the anxiety and emotional pain of characters, such as Romeo and Juliet, and the rivalry of Paris for Juliet's hand, along with the selfishness of the Nurse and Friar Lawrence, whose deceitful minds cast doubts upon the audience as to whose interests they are acting in, their own or Juliet's? Many would argue that the awkward situation, which Juliet finds herself in, can be surmised as, the foolish naivety of a teenager. Upon setting her sights upon Romeo she instantly became love lost, and began to see the world through rose tinted glasses. ...read more.

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Once again the movement about the stage, implied by Shakespeare allows the actors to conduct their performance in a more effective and natural manner. The idea of a balcony in Shakespeare's theatre lets the audience to once more peer through a window into the lives of the Capulet family. In a similar way the speech made by Lady Capulet gives Juliet time to move between the balcony and the apron of the main stage. The employment of time and space creates an atmosphere full of emotion and irony, which is much appreciated by the audience. For example, lines 68 -110,"...Lady Capulet: That is because the traitor murderer lives. ... Juliet: Indeed I never shall be satisfied With Romeo, till I behold him - dead - Is my poor heart, so for a kinsman vexed. Madam, if you could find out but a man To bear poison, I would temper it, That Romeo should upon receipt thereof Soon sleep in quiet. O how my heart abhors To her him named and cannot come to love him, To wreak the love I bore my cousin Upon his body that hath slaughtered him!" Lady Capulet is under the impression that her daughter with whom she frequently shows the unfamiliarity of their relationship, weeps for her cousin Tybalt, nevertheless the love lost which Juliet speaks of is for, Romeo, that information is only known to the informed spectators. ...read more.

Conclusion

During this scene, the young lover is deep in sorrow and turmoil. She accentuates the use of imagery, to show that she is vastly bewildered and in a predicament, which only she can get herself out of. Shakespeare shows how lost and alone she is and almost provides a monologue to the audience explaining her feelings of rejection and betrayal by Nurse and by her parents. Having looked at all the suggestions of blame and studying all the evidence within the scene. I believe that the real person responsible for the death of Romeo and Juliet is Tybalt. I think this because, if he had not been the one seeking a fight and wishing death upon Romeo Montague, Mercutio would not have been slain. It is also worth noting here the point that when Mercutio was slain, he wished "a plague on both your houses". Evidently Romeo would not have been seeking vengeance, and to draw blood from Tybalt therefore Romeo would not have been banished. Lord Capulet would not have seen reason to renegotiate with Paris as to his wedding to Juliet and would have let two more Summers pass before beginning discussions and possibly by that time Romeo and Juliet's relationship may have been out in the open. Also nurse and Friar Lawrence would not have as bigger weight hanging above their heads. But most importantly, with Romeo by her side or at least still in Verona, Juliet would see no reason to use a potion to freeze her body and fake death. Mary Beardshaw 9143 St. Ambrose Barlow R.C High 33369 ...read more.

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