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Romeo and Juilet

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Introduction

Pavlo Dyadyk To what extent is Shakespeareans' use of language and dramatic techniques important in resolving the plot in Act 5 Scene 3? D o you think this is a satisfactory conclusion to the play 'Romeo and Juliet' The play Romeo and Juliet was written by William Shakespeare, it was written between the years 1594-1596. The plot of this play raised some important issues of the time, such as marriage. At these times rich and important people didn't marry for love, they married for money and power; this was one of the reasons why Romeo and Juliet's love was forbidden. They also were not allowed to be together because women were possessions of their father and their husbands when they married, so fathers were the ones who chose who they marry, if they disagree, they would be thrown out of their house. Family and civil disturbances were common at the time, which is clearly shown in the play. In Romeo and Juliet it mentions that their fate was written on the stars and that they were fated to dies, this is exactly what people at the time this play was written believed. Shakespeare wrote the play in modern English, this was how the Elizabethan audience were familiar with the language and dramatic techniques used in the final scene. ...read more.

Middle

In his soliloquy he questions everything. He asks things like "Said he not so? Or did I dream it so?" and "Why art thou yet so fair?" These questions show that he is confused, he is trying to work out what's going on and how he is going to live without Juliet, this is why he asks so many questions. Shakespeare uses grotesque imagery, so that it can build tension, Romeo says "Womb of death" this shows he is upset and he keeps mentioning words about death and other horrible things, which shows that he has decided, and he is thinking of nothing else. Towards the end of Romeo's soliloquy there are lots of exclamation marks. "A dateless bargain to engrossing death!" shows that he is no longer confused, he has made up his mind, there's no life without Juliet, thinking only of killing himself so that he can be with Juliet. This builds up the drama in the scene by showing that he is completely in love and is going to sacrifice himself for Juliet. Friar Lawrence plays an important role in this scene, because whether or not this plan goes wrong it is up to him, he must try to avoid anything else going wrong with his plan. Shakespeare makes him leave Juliet alone in the tomb after she wakes because we need both of them to die for the fighting to stop if only Romeo dies then the Capulets will win the fight and the Montagues lose. ...read more.

Conclusion

I do not think this was a satisfactory conclusion; this is because they only did this to make themselves feel better. This will not bring their children back, they should have stopped fighting when the other characters died, and they knew that if they didn't stop, more people would have died. The Prince's final words are rhyming couplets; this is an effective way to end the play, because his last two lines are a summary of the story, reminding us how sad the story is and the rhyme makes it stick in our head. Dramatic irony was one of the techniques Shakespeare uses to add entertainment to this tragic romance, this was because if the audience knew something the characters didn't, it would make them engage with the play, and they would want to wait and see whether the characters would eventually find out. He also uses rhetorical questions; this is to show that someone may be confused. For example when Romeo saw Juliet he was confused. A lot if imagery was used, this added tension or changed the atmosphere, for example when Romeo used two different words and put them in one sentence. "Womb of death", this was useful because it might have helped us know how he was feeling. I think that the ending of the play was successful because if the lovers didn't die then there is no way that both families would see what they were doing to each other, and the fighting would never stop. ...read more.

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