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Romeo and Juliet

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Introduction

Romeo and Juliet- Coursework By considering both the language of the scene and how it might be performed on stage, Show how Shakespeare's makes his audience aware of Juliet's state of mind in Act 3 Scene 5. How is our sympathy engaged for her? Refer closely to both this scene and other parts of the play you feel are relevant. In this coursework I will be discussing a topic concerning the relationship of 'two star cross'd lovers', who meet a terrible fate at the hands of their own love for each other. The play is called 'Romeo and Juliet', and this play is set in the Elizabethan times, which is studied by students all over the world. 'Romeo and Juliet is not supposed to be a film, or a text, but performed on stage. I will be considering both the language of the scene Act 3 Scene 5 and how it might be performed on stage. Also religion was very important at that time and everyone went to church and in the society, it was not heard of divorcing your husband. Furthermore I will be writing about how Shakespeare makes his audience aware of Juliet's state of mind in Act 3 Scene 5, as this play was a political and social message to the audience. ...read more.

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This is how Juliet's state of mind changes, as Juliet is crying and her mother thinks she is crying due to the fact that Tybalt has been killed. 'Evermore weeping for your cousin's death?' Lady Capulet does not know that she is crying for Romeos banishment to Mantua, 'Yet let me weep for such a feeling loss.' Juliet uses ambiguity, as there is an unclear meaning to this, in this sentence, as the audience we know that she is talking about Romeo, but the character's do not, this is also dramatic irony, Shakespeare has used this idea very cleverly, as this makes the audience much more interested in the play. 'I cannot choose but ever weep the friend' Here friend can mean lover, which can be Juliet's private meaning. Lady Capulet then goes on talking about the person that killed Tybalt; while on the other hand, Juliet is talking about someone else. 'As that the villain lives which slaughtered him' Juliet, enquires, by who she means as the 'Villain', Lady Capulet replies, 'That same Villain, Romeo' Here 'Villain', is used as a pun (playing with words). 'Villain and he be many miles asunder............... And yet no man like he doth grieve my heart' She means Romeo, who is in Mantua and that is miles away, on the following line she is also using ambiguity. ...read more.

Conclusion

This plays a large impact on Juliet mentally, as she realises that no-one is there for her anymore. Even the nurse has gone against her, and this causes Juliet to being in a vulnerable position she finds herself in. At the end of the scene Juliet talks to herself, this is known as soliloquy as this has a very good effect on the audience. Juliet has just been betrayed and let down, she is angry as well as very lonely. This is the last and final stage when Juliet becomes suicidal, and she comes up with a solution, she believes now that the friar can only help, this is because the friar is the only one who, can be trusted and maybe, can come up with a solution. 'For never was a story of more woe than Juliet and her Romeo.' Now I will conclude my essay by telling you how Juliet's state o mind has changed through out the entire play, first of all she is an innocent young girl, then she sees Romeo who she falls in love with and then she is abandoned by her parents and then her closest family nurse has now gone against her. From start to finish she has gone through ups and downs, now she is in a position of utter devastation. ...read more.

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