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Juliet is alone on stage.

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Introduction

Section 6: Juliet is alone on stage Juliet is petrified of the potential dangers she may encounter while imprisoned in the vault. She thinks she could be "stifled", as there is no "healthsome" air to breath and she might "die strangled" before Romeo arrives. Juliet considers two possible scenarios she may face while in the tomb. She thinks that she can either suffocate, or will be scared to death as a result of the "terror of the place." ...read more.

Middle

Shakespeare uses vocabulary such as "strangled," "horrible," "terror" and "pack'd" to build a sinister and dark image of the tomb. This in turn creates more tension and produces sympathy from the audience for Juliet. Juliet also reiterates the phrase "where" frequently ("where" refers to the tomb). Shakespeare uses it to emphasise the tomb and secure the image in the audience's minds. An image of death and horror is built up and thus creates a lot of drama and tension. ...read more.

Conclusion

As well as this, his body will be in full view, as it is not fully buried, merely covered in a "shroud." Another factor that alarms Juliet is the stories, which Juliet has heard about. She has heard that there are "spirits" which reside in the tomb that apparently come out "at some hours in the night." This frightens her considerably. Juliet expects that if she wakes too soon, the "loathsome smells" will make Juliet "shriek like mandrakes." (Mandrakes were plants which when pulled out of the earth, screamed and it was thought that if a human heard these screams, they would lose their senses). ...read more.

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