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Romeo and Juliet Examine how Shakespeare makes the audience feel in Act 3, Scene 5 of "Romeo and Juliet" Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is arguably the most famous play ever written. Many remakes have been made, but it was Shakespeare's talent to capture the audiences imagination that has made it world renowned. The act that I am studying is highly charged emotionally. Shakespeare specifically writes lines to target the audience's emotions and feelings to get his point across. Romeo has been banished from Verona for killing Tybalt, Juliet's cousin and spends one final night with Juliet. Juliet has been told in no certain terms she is to marry Paris, a kinsmen of the Prince of Verona. This act is the start of the tragic events that lead to the ultimate tragedy - the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare's exploitation of the rich and beautiful language gives figurative, poetic, and dramatic effect. Shakespeare is often called the master of puns and uses them frequently in Act 3 Scene 5. Juliet is saying that she wishes Romeo was dead, but the true meaning of her words are just below the surface: "Indeed, I never shall be satisfied With Romeo, till I behold him-dead- Is my poor heart so for a kinsman vex'd" It seems as if Juliet wishes that Romeo was dead, she is actually saying she will never be satisfied until she beholds him and her heart is dead. ...read more.


The contrast between the light and the dark gives strong feeling to this part of the scene, this creates tension and suspense and suggests tragic things are to follow. Most of the good moments with Romeo and Juliet happen in the dark, When light comes they have to part , and would only reunite in the darkness. The audience know it is now time for Romeo to go and this maybe the last time they see each other 'alive'. As a member of the audience this would make them feel fearful that Romeo's death is nearing. Shakespeare also uses imagery in insults for example when Lord Capulet is insulting Juliet after she refuses to marry Paris: "Out, you green-sickness carrion! out, you baggage! Lord Capulet insults Juliet by mocking her about her appearance saying she looks as green as something that has been dad for so long, he also says that she is a burden on him. This would make the audience feel shocked and also frightened for Juliet. Her father has suddenly become rude and violent towards Juliet after she says she does not want to marry Paris. Another one off Shakespeare's most frequently used images in Romeo and Juliet is poison for example when Lady Capulet threatens to send someone to Mantua to poison Romeo, the poison signifys death: "Where that same banish'd runagate doth live, Shall give him such an unaccustom'd dram," Lady Capulet says that she will send someone to Mantua to poison Romeo. ...read more.


Shakespeare's ideas of true love marriages and other thoughts in his plays are well ahead of his time, perhaps this is why Shakespeare's plays are still being performed today. The themes of love and marriage in Romeo and Juliet are still universal themes in 2008. Most members of a British audience in 2008 would have a romantic view of love, that marriage should be based on love not family standing or wealth. This would make the audience feel greater sadness for Juliet's predicament when she is told she is to marry Paris when she is in love with Romeo. Many remakes have been made that maybe more appealing to a modern audience, such as Noughts and Crosses and West Side Story, all the remakes are based on Shakespeare's version of the play. The theme of teenage suicide is increasingly relevant now, with teenage suicide rates increasing every year, showing Shakespeare was ahead of his time. In conclusion, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is a play which has successfully withstood the test of time. Shakespeare's use of many different writing techniques such as extended metaphors, soliloquies and poetry make the play on of the greatest ever made, but perhaps Shakespeare could have improved on his character development of both Romeo and Juliet, there is not as much information about the mind frame of the main characters as there was in Macbeth. Although maybe Shakespeare wanted it to be different from his other plays. Overall Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's best works, a tale of two star-crossed lovers. Harun Jalil English Coursework ...read more.

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