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Romeo and Juliet - Explain how Shakespeare builds up tension and excitement for the audience in Act 3, Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet.

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Romeo and Juliet Explain how Shakespeare builds up tension and excitement for the audience in Act 3, Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet. "Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean." These lines begin the prologue of the famous 'Romeo and Juliet', a play full of tragedy, love and fate. Throughout the play we see that fate plays one of the largest roles in the plot. The play begins by stating that Romeo and Juliet will be affected by fate. It explains to the audience that Romeo and Juliet are doomed from the start, "From the fatal loins of these two foes, a pair of star-crossed lovers take their life." This shows what fate already has in store for them before they are born. It displays that fate will be a large factor in the story and the end will be tragic. It also shows that the two that are born to love are born into a bitter and hateful grudge between the two families. Their "star-crossed" destiny is as if fate has given them an unlucky place in life. All of these things allow us to believe that fate will determine the out-come of the play. One of the most crucial and yet pivotal parts of the play is Act 3, scene 5, seen through arranged marriages, rage and consequences. ...read more.

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The audience finds the dramatic irony quite enjoyable because Lady Capulet is unaware of her true feelings. Lady Capulet's speech is full of dramatic irony since her hope of poisoning Romeo anticipates the method he chooses to take his own life in the final act of the play. When Juliet discovers her mothers plans of life changing revenge for Romeo, "Shall give him such an unaccustom'd dram," Juliet does not immediately suggest her true feelings but covers them up by saying, " Indeed, I never shall be satisfied with Romeo, until I behold him-dead-". Juliet uses the pause as a cover up of two meanings. The gap between him and dead is extremely important because she is saying that she wants to be with Romeo and only says 'dead' to cover up her true feelings of love. Juliet feels horrified of her mother's plans and tries to think of a way to stop the completion of the plans, "Madam, if you could find out but a man to bear a poison, I would temper it;" implicating she will deal with the poison, allowing her to obliterate the plans and to give her lover a chance to live for the reason that she cannot live without him. Through the effects of Lady Capulet's plans the audience will feel tense and dissatisfied and will feel abhorrence towards Lady Capulet. When Lady Capulet announces the 'exciting' news to Juliet, "Hath sorted out a sudden day of joy," Juliet replies with a conflicting response, "I will not merry yet." ...read more.

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Juliet feels afflicted and abandoned, which should not be known of, by such a young girl. Act 3, scene 5 is an incredibly exciting scene for the audience, firstly because there is a constant reminder to death which does not allow the audience to forget about Romeo and Juliet's fate. Secondly Act 3, scene 5 is significant for it is the most pivotal scene of this tragic play. This scene reveals the results of past activities and begins a series of tragic misunderstandings and fatal reactions. It also shows the transformations occurring amongst characters and their relationships with one another. Lastly the tone of the play is revealed through the language, Shakespeare presents these changes as well as forewarning the eventual tragedy: Romeo and Juliet's death. Fate is a key character in this play. There are many occasions where it would have been possible for a different ending had things been different: if the Montague's and the Capulet's didn't have a feud between them, if Romeo had lusted after Rosaline, if Romeo hadn't met Juliet... One of the many transformations presented in this scene is that of Romeo and Juliet's love for one another. Romeo and Juliet's love makes the transition from infatuation to a deep and sincere love. Throughout the play Shakespeare explores the destructive power of passion, the influence of fate and chance, the theme of divided loyalties and fatal flaws. ...read more.

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