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Re-read Act 3 scene 5. How does Shakespeare shape the audiences response to Juliet in this scene and what makes it so dramatic? Shakespeare shapes the audience's response towards Juliet

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Re-read Act 3 scene 5. How does Shakespeare shape the audiences response to Juliet in this scene and what makes it so dramatic? Shakespeare shapes the audience's response towards Juliet throughout this scene in many ways, so that at the end of this, the audience is sympathetic and perhaps an element of pity exists towards her dire situation. At the beginning of this scene the audience's first response to her is of sorrow as she is separated from her great love Romeo. Our response is then shaped towards Juliet as it is a shame to watch these two people who, are so deeply in love for one another, separate. By his departure her perfect romance with him is shattered. Her response to his leaving dramatises this point of the scene, as it is obvious to the audience that she wishes him not to leave. This is particularly shown in line 2 'the nightingale, and not the lark that pierced the hollow of thine ear.' The significance of this is that Juliet pretends that he had heard the nightingale therefore it is still night. This emphasises her wanting of him to stay. However, she relents as he says that he will stay and risk death. ...read more.

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This reference is impersonal showing their weak relationship. This makes the audience feel sympathetic to Juliet as she will have very little support from her mother. This weakness in their relationship is further shown as her mother assumes the reason as to her unhappiness is due to the untimely death of her cousin Tybalt. 'Evermore weeping for you're your cousin's death', emphasises how little she know of her daughter which is surprising for the reader. Another remark which she made was 'wilt thou wash him from his grave', also showing Lady Capulet's insensitivity. The audience's response to Juliet's situation is again shaped as she can never reveal to her mother of her love for Romeo, as he is classed as a villain. The fact that she had to disguise her love from him, shown when she agrees with her mother that she also despises him 'indeed I never shall be satisfied with Romeo, till I behold him dead'. This lie shows her desperation to conceal her love for him, causing the audience to pity her. There is a dramatic point in the scene which is the announcement of her planned marriage. This makes us as an audience sympathetic towards her as she is trapped in an awful situation. ...read more.

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We also have a sense, at this point, that perhaps she has deceived her family by her marriage and the reason as to why she is rebelling is in order to disguise her deceit and to find a way out of this proposed marriage. The nurse initially sticks up for Juliet by saying 'god bless her'. However, as the scene reaches its end the nurse also turns against her by suggesting that she marries Paris 'I think it best you married with the County'. This contradicting reaction shapes our response to one of shock and pity as the nurse who had literally brought up Juliet contrasts to Act 2 scene 5 as she acts as the messenger between her and Romeo. The audience is shocked that the nurse, who has been a mother figure to Juliet, has abandoned her for selfish reasons in her time of need. Shakespeare makes the scene so dramatic as Juliet is isolated from Lady Capulet, Capulet and the nurse and is without her love Romeo and because of this, she is contemplating suicide 'if all else fail myself have power to die'. The main reason for the audience's response of modern day is of pity towards Juliet because she is of a far too young to marry however, to an Elizabetian audience it may have been more acceptable for Juliet to marry at this age. ...read more.

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