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Romeo and Juliet Act 3 scene 5 - Explain how you would want the actors playing the parts of Lord Capulet, Lady Capulet Juliet and the Nurse to portray their feelings in this scene.

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Richard Watson 10G GCSE Assignment NE4 (B) - Shakespeare Study Act 1 Scene 5 - From the entry of Lord Capulet, Lady Capulet, Juliet, Tybalt and the Nurse (The Masked Ball Scene): In this scene Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time; Imagine you are going to direct this scene for a performance; Explain how you would want the actors playing the parts of the above characters to portray their thoughts and feelings in this scene. Act 3 Scene 5 - from the line 126 to the end of the scene: In this scene Lord Capulet and Lady Capulet explain to Juliet that she must marry Paris in a few days time. Clearly, Juliet does not want to do this. Imagine you are going to direct this scene for a performance; Explain how you would want the actors playing the parts of Lord Capulet, Lady Capulet Juliet and the Nurse to portray their feelings in this scene. This is clearly an extremely tense and emotional time, perhaps for different reasons for all the characters on stage. Lord Capulet is making important decisions regarding the future of his only child. Lady Capulet has just faced the death of her nephew. The Nurse is grieving over the loss of Tybalt as she brought him up and she also carries the burden of knowing of Juliet's secret marriage to Romeo. ...read more.

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When Juliet says, "Good father, I beseech you on my knees, Hear me with patience but to speak a word," she should, in a scene full of pathos, put herself at the feet of her father and should grab at his ankles or hug his knees to show he is more powerful and deserves more respect. Juliet could mix the actions of grabbing at his ankles and hugging his knees as it would give off a good effect as she could start off by hugging his knees and he could push her away and she could then grab at his ankles and try to pull him back towards her. From line 160 - 163 Lord Capulet should spit the words out as he threatens Juliet by saying if she doesn't turn up at the church he'll disown her. When Lord Capulet says, "My fingers itch," he obviously wants to slap Juliet for, what he feels is a lack of respect for him and the traditions of the Capulet name. At this point he should go to slap her but stop his hand half and inch from her face. He should then stop, and keep, his hand there as he then starts to justify his reason for almost slapping his daughter to his wife. The Nurse then tries to defend Juliet, as she brought her up, by saying, "God in heaven bless her! ...read more.

Conclusion

Juliet can't believe what the Nurse has just said what she has so, in a tone of disbelieve, Juliet asks, "Speak'st thou from thy heart?" to which Nurse unbelievingly replies, "And from my soul too; Or else beshrew them both." Juliet then mocks the Nurse by saying, "Amen," in a very sarcastic way, which is basically her endorsing the Nurse's curse on her and her soul. Juliet then tells the Nurse to leave and, "Having displeas'd my father, to Laurence' cell, To make confession and to be absolv'd. Juliet should say this in a very harsh tone of voice. As soon as the Nurse leaves we hear how Juliet actually feels about the Nurse at this moment in time, "Ancient damnation! O most wicked fiend!" Juliet should say this in a very harsh and threatening tone of voice. Juliet then goes on to say, "I'll to the friar, to know his remedy: If all else fail, myself have power to die," which means it is in her own power to kill herself if the Friar can't help her. In conclusion it is important to all the characters to bring home to the audience that Juliet is overwhelmed with despair and of the predicament she finds herself in the central role of. All the characters should intertwine in such a way that at the conclusion of this scene the audience should feel sympathy for Juliet and understand and feel her sense of isolation and despair. ...read more.

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