• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Romeo and Juliet - Act three scene five Why is this scene dramatic?

Extracts from this document...


Romeo and Juliet- Act three scene five Why is this scene dramatic? Romeo and Juliet is a great love story - emotional, moving and in the end, tragic. The story revolves around the two feuding families of Verona; the Capulet's and the Montague's, the young couple Romeo and Juliet falling in love with each other and the problems they face in doing so. Act three scene five, known as the Second Balcony Scene, is of great dramatic importance and contains various moods, ranging from the calm lyrics of the lovers to the anger and bitterness of old Capulet. This scene is pivotal to the play seeing the last time the lovers meet alive and Juliet's brave defiance of her parents. The story is popular because it has a universal appeal. People at the time would be familiar with similar problems. Marriages between Catholics and Protestants cause problems. It has influenced literature for hundreds of years as authors have chosen similar themes. West Side Story is a modern Romeo and Juliet story set in the USA. 'Love story' by Eric Segal is similar theme of parental disapproval. The scene starts just before dawn with Romeo preparing to leave Juliet's bedroom and start his exile in Mantua. In the script this is performed at the window itself. In film version by Franco Zefferelli, I have seen the director start off with the couple in bed. ...read more.


At this point, the audience and Juliet are the only people who know about Romeo and Juliet's secret marriage. The audience is almost laughing at Lady Capulet because she is the only person who doesn't know. Also the audience have seen the previous scene when Lord Capulet was making the arrangements. They know both sides of the story. Juliet is obviously very shocked and upset and I picture her falling to the ground on her knees, with surprise. As no surprise, Juliet refuses very frankly to her mother. You would expect a bit of an argument here but straight away Lady Capulet hands it over to Lord Capulet. Once again she shows herself insensitive to her daughters feelings. But Lord Capulet is head of the household and so would make the decisions. ' Here comes your father, tell him so yourself.' This brings me back to the point I made earlier. Lady Capulet doesn't want Juliet to hate her so she hands the problem over to Lord Capulet to make it look like it was his fault. She gives up on her straight away, almost can't be bothered with her. This next part of the scene is in sharp contrast to the quiet, anxious farewell between the two lovers. Lord Capulet enters as Lady Capulet predicted in the line above, along with the nurse. He starts off talking to them both in a very happy mood but sad at the loss of his brothers son, Tyblalt. ...read more.


She uses this for time to think what to do. In her devotion to her husband, she is prepared to deceive her parents and nurse for the sake of their love. The last speech that Juliet makes I think is the most dramatic part of this scene. You see her cunning side. When she is saying this piece you can imagine it on stage. If I were directing it I would have the lights dimmed and have Juliet kneeling down and than rising to pace the stage. When she says: 'Ancient damnation! O most wicked fiend' I would have her throwing something after the nurse out of anger. Because it's obvious she's very upset. Then I would have her trembling on her knees for she is very afraid. The tension finally drops when she finishes off her little soliloquy with: ' If all else fail, myself have power to die.' So in this scene there is a lot of emotion and drama. It explores various relationships between the characters and is a foreshadowing to the end of the play. This scene sees the end of a lot of relationships; Juliet and her mother, Juliet and the nurse and Juliet and her father. Juliet's very much on her own. This way she becomes more mature and finally realises the results of her actions. She has been forced to grow up quickly, from a young spoilt flighty girl; she has matured into a young woman whose love for Romeo has given her a purpose. She is determined to be reunited with her husband, or die. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Romeo and Juliet section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Romeo and Juliet essays

  1. In Romeo and Juliet, Act three Scene five, Lord Capulet is shown to be ...

    Lord Capulet is astounded and shocked when Juliet refuses to marry Paris. His violent behaviour and enraged attitude shows absolutely opposite behaviour compared to the appearance of Romeo at the feast. I think he behaves in this way as he may think the families' reputation may go downhill because of Juliet.

  2. How Does Shakespeare Present Love and Hate In Act One, Scene One And Scene ...

    Back in the Elizabethan times, most marriages were arranged and women were married for social and economical advances to somebody chosen by their father. The age of consent was a lot lower than it is today as women were married at a very young age, in their early teens, and they often had no choice in the matter.

  1. How does Shakespeare use language, characters and dramatic devices to evoke sympathy for Juliet, ...

    This re-enforces the sympathy from the audience the ignorance shown from her mother towards Juliet and the recent events of her life. This shows the lack of communication between Juliet and her mother. It shows how cold their relationship is.

  2. Focusing on act one scene five and act three scene one of Romeo and ...

    They are fascinated and left wondering how fate will take first victim. Act 3 scene 1 ends with the prince's speech, as he foreshadows the upcoming death of Romeo. "When he's found the hour is his last", the prince is a strong and powerful character, and his words will automatically

  1. How does Shakespeare use language and other dramatic devices to create sympathy for Juliet ...

    feel for how much more comfortable Juliet is when talking with Romeo than she is with the Nurse. This again increases our sympathy with her as we know that he is about to leave and she will lose that more comfortable aspect of her life.

  2. 'Romeo and Juliet' W. Shakespeare, Act One Scene Five and Act Three Scene One, ...

    Capulet is no more a friend to the Montagues than Tybalt is but he has a good reason not to want Tybalt to start a fight with Romeo, "You'll make a mutiny among my guests. You will set cock-a-hoop!" He doesn't want a fight to start between his guests or

  1. What dramatic effect is Shakespeare aiming for in Act one Scene five?

    It wasn't only that she didn't love Paris that she didn't want to marry him, but because of her religion. Shakespeare creates drama in this scene mainly by the opening of the party with would have been very spectacle for the audience, and the contrast in language from the servants to the Capulets.

  2. What is the significance and dramatic impact of Act III Scene Five?

    ROMEO More light and light; more dark and dark our woes!" The rhyming Couplet here shows how the couple's minds are in tune, and also the use of "O" by Juliet represents how she is feeling, almost as a sigh, how much she is really going to miss Romeo.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work