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Romeo and Juliet act 3 scene 5 is a crucial scene to the play as it adds tension and conflicts throughout the play.

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The scene I have chosen to analyse is act 3 scene 5 this scene is a crucial scene to the play as it adds tension and conflicts throughout the play. The scene starts with Romeo leaving for Mantua. As he leaves Lady Capulet enters, she tells Juliet that Capulet has offered her hand in marriage to Paris. Then Capulet walks in with the nurse and reiterates what is wife had said. Juliet refuses to marry Paris and her father bursts out in rage. When the Scene concludes, we see Juliet feel isolated as everyone she has turned to has given her the same advice, marry Paris. The only person who can help her is Friar Laurence. During Shakespeare times, arranged marriages were very common, but as generations developed they found their own love and had to betray there own families. In modern audiences they may be struggling to see this as it is a regular practice to find your own love these days. Shakespeare's audience know that it is a mortal sin to attempt marriage when you are already married. Shakespeare's audience believe that if you do this you are sure to go to hell. This scene is very important to the context of the play because firstly the scene presents division between the older generation and the younger generation. We also learn the tensions between the older generation and the younger generation. ...read more.

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This would highlight her close relationship. I think that there should not be too much activity otherwise the focus of the storyline will get taken away. The nurse's shoes should be very simple to show that the family is not spending much money towards her. Lady Capulet will be wearing a nightgown embedded with lots of gold detail and very high class slippers. I think it would be effective for her to be wearing glasses to show that she is very perceptive. Capulet would be wearing pyjamas with very low detail and they would be very dull and dreary to show contrast between himself and the nurse. He will have a lot of hair but a bald patch on the top centre back part of the scalp. My aim is to create as much reality as possible in just the costumes, but not to take the attention of the storyline and language away. There would be a lot facial expressions because they can be very effective and emotive towards the audience. As Romeo leaves for Mantua his expressions should be glum. "Farewell, farewell. One kiss and I'll descend." At this point I also think that Romeo should be holding Juliet's hand and then lift it up and kiss it. This enhances the audiences view to their love. Capulet's anger towards Juliet is a striking moment to this scene. "Speak not, reply not, do not answer me. This line is very important to the scene as it is his first step towards his aggression. ...read more.

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The nurse, at this point knows about Juliet's secrets. Throughout the whole scene, Shakespeare carefully makes dramatic use of what people do or do not know. The key dramatic moment by a video camera using the slow motion effect and adding a blue strobe flashing at 10 FPS this would enhance the effect when Capulet starts to push Juliet around. The most significant word is, "out on her hilding." Because this tells us that Capulet thinks his daughter is a useless person and we have not seen this verbal abuse from him till this point. In Shakespeare's own time there was no lighting effects no special effects or scenery. In those days they based the reality of the play I the acting, facial expressions and the costumes. The impression might have been very different I the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the language may have been the same but the costumes would have been a lot more advanced. The scenery and action would be very different because it would be live on stage and there would be camera shots allowing you to see only the selected parts whereas live on stage you would see the whole thing. In conclusion I think my film version would be a lot easier to understand. I think it would have the same effect on different generations in the modern audience. The scene therefore would be a lot more advanced. Overall, my film version of the scene would be very successful. ...read more.

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