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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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