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Juliet's Soliloquy Act 4 Scene 3.

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Juliet's Soliloquy Act 4 Scene 3 Romeo and Juliet is a very intense and dramatic play which requires a lot of thought. The speech used is full of double meanings and there are many symbolic features in the play. The author of the play, William Shakespeare was born on the 23rd of April 1564 in Stratford upon Avon. He was initially a schoolteacher and then a playwright. Shakespeare started writing books in 1592, he also wrote for James the 1st. He married in 1582 to Anne Hathaway. They had two daughters and one son who unfortunately died at an early age and was buried in Stratford upon Avon. William Shakespeare died at the age of 52 on the 23rd of April 1616. He too was buried in Stratford upon Avon. The play Romeo and Juliet shows what life was like at that time that Shakespeare was writing. It shows the culture of the time and what the people believed in. ...read more.

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She almost calls the nurse back because she is so frightened and she is also very lonely but decides there is no need for the nurse to be there and that taking the potion is an act that she should do in her own company. William Shakespeare describes Juliet very well. He uses the start of the scene to show the audience the immense pressure that Juliet is under. His use of words such as 'cold fear thrills' and 'freezes up the heat of life' shows how desperate she is for the potion to work and how she feels about it not working. She does not want to marry Paris and would rather die than do so but has no choice. Shakespeare has used the conversation between Juliet's mother and the nurse to show the viewer how lonely Juliet is feeling. This goes on to Juliet's soliloquy. Juliet starts questioning herself about taking the potion. On the stage direction it shows us she has prepared a knife, "Laying down her knife". ...read more.

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These are all thoughts going through her head. It seems as though she is going mad. What if she wakes up in a tomb buried with all other rotten flesh of her ancestors? She might even be 'laid to rest' next to Tybalt! What if she awakes buried, "what loathsome smells and shrikes like mandrakes torn out of the earth". "O, if I wake, shall I not be distraught, environed with al these hideous fears, and madly play with my forefathers' joints, and pluck the mangled Tybalt from his shroud, and in this rage with some great kinsman's bone, as with a club, dash out my desp'rate brains? The use of words here is really strong and shows Juliet's anguish at the potion not working and how confused she is about the situation. She then falls on to her bed. There is definite and powerful theme in Juliet's soliloquy of death and suicide. "A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life", is the initial phrase that suggests this. The language used throughout the play and certainly in Juliet's soliloquy has many negative connotations which engage the audience as they want to know what the outcome will be. ...read more.

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