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Romeo and Juliet: Analysing Two Scenes

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Romeo and Juliet: Analysing Two Scenes In all of Shakespeare's plays, there are many speeches and soliloquies. This is no different in Romeo and Juliet as Shakespeare uses the power of direct speech to set the scene of immense emotion with powerful vocabulary. There are many techniques that he uses throughout the play to describe the various feelings and sensations that the characters feel. By using a soliloquy or monologue, Shakespeare isolates the character and allows them to express themselves with impunity. This speech is located at Act 3 Scene 2 Lines 97-127. Juliet has just found out that both Mercutio and Tybalt are dead and that it was Romeo who killed Tybalt; and has been banished for his actions. After being told this by the Nurse, Juliet then uses contrasting words and phrases to describe her husband and the feelings she has towards him. The Nurse adds to this by slandering all men and condemning Romeo. Juliet interjects and starts to defend her new husband and the speech. This is significant to the plot as it effectively means that Romeo and Juliet will no longer be able to see each other legally. ...read more.

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She risked everything by marrying Romeo as arranged marriages were common at the time and Capulet would not have approved of the young Montague. This scene has a lot of dramatic impact on the audience. They will, of course, understand what Juliet would be going through and might somewhat sympathise with her; appreciating the fact that Juliet has found the love of her life and lost it in a matter of hours. This speech can be found at Act 4 Scene 3 Line 14-58. Juliet has taken counsel with the Friar to decide on what course of action they should pursue. She knows what she wants to do but not how they should do it. There is the added complication that Paris has asked Juliet's hand in marriage. She doesn't want to marry him for various reasons, but her father arranged this marriage and she has already angered Capulet by refusing the marriage. Therefore, the Friar suggests that Juliet should "die" and be placed in the family tomb. She would, of course, not die but simply take a potion that makes her look dead. The Friar would send a note to Romeo to tell him to go to the Capulet tomb the next night to collect his wife and, together, they can elope to Mantua. ...read more.

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and manages to drink the potion. This scene is highly important and has great dramatic impact: there are so many things depending on the success of the potion. If the potion does not work, Juliet will wake up the following day having to marry Paris. If the Friar poisoned Juliet, she will be dead and only he will know it; a possible occurrence if the Friar did not want the families to find out that he married the two lovers. If the letter fails to reach Romeo, she will awake in the Capels vault alone: locked down there without food or water, and so will die anyway. However, if the potion works and the letter reaches Romeo, the pair will be able to flee and live a happy life together away from the two feuding families. In Conclusion, we can see that Shakespeare uses many techniques in portraying the thoughts and feelings of Juliet at different points in the play. Imagery, personification and metaphors are all used to great affect and this helps the audience to understand the emotions that Juliet feels in the play. By using these techniques, Shakespeare helps the audience to fully appreciate the plot and dramatic impact that each scene has and to enjoy the play. ?? ?? ?? ?? Romeo and Juliet English Coursework 13/10/2008 Denis Twomey 10J Page 1 of 3 ...read more.

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