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Romeo and Juliet- how does the use of language have an effect on the audience in act 3 scence 5?

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Romeo and Juliet Essay Harriet Blues Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's most famous tragedies. Focusing on Act 3, Scene 5, we can see that the play has dramatic element of a varied content. Leading up to Act 3 scene 5, the couple have met at a Capulet party, fallen in love and secretly married. Juliet's cousin Tybalt has killed Romeo's best friend Mercutio, and in revenge Romeo has killed Tybalt. He was banished from Verona for this but crept back in to spend a night with Juliet, in order to consummate their marriage. In the scene before, the audience sees Lord Capulet arranging for Juliet to marry the Count Paris. The way the events of the scenes to follow will affect the audience are to be explored here. At the beginning of the scene, Romeo and Juliet are in bed, having just spent the night together to consummate their marriage. This would make the audience feel pleased for the young couple; it seems that finally things might be going their way. The lovers are talking to each other- Romeo recognises he needs to leave now but Juliet insists it was not the morning bird singing, therefore it isn't morning: "Wilt thou be gone? It is not yet near day: 'twas the nightingale not the lark that pierced the fearful hollow of thine ear." ...read more.


Next, Lady Capulet tells Juliet that her father has arranged for her to marry the Count Paris. "Marry, my child, early next Thursday morn, the gallant young and noble County Paris, at Saint Peter's Church, shall happily make thee there a joyful bride." But Juliet refuses and makes suggestion at what she has done: "He shall not make me there a joyful bride...I will not marry yet, and when I do, I swear, it shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate." Again, this would have shocked an Elizabethan audience because not only has Juliet secretly disobeyed her parents once, but now she is openly disobeying them a second time. Also, when Juliet says she would rather marry Romeo she hints at what she has already done. Even though her mother does not pick up on this, the dramatic tension would be heightened even further here for the audience, because again what if Lady Capulet aroused suspicion from this statement? Next, Lord Capulet enters and at first plays the loving kind father who has arranged this marriage to cheer up Juliet. He talks of how happy he is that Juliet is to be married: "When the sun sets the air doth drizzle dew; but for the sunset of my brother's tongue it rains downright." ...read more.


This would have a mixed response on the audience: some would probably feel a little surprised that Juliet would so readily agree to such a drastic measure, whereas some would feel that Juliet is making the right choice by forgetting Romeo and marrying Paris. However after the nurse leaves, Juliet talks of how she will go to Friar Laurence and see what he says and if all else fails, she has the power to take her own life: "I'll to the Friar, to know his remedy: if all else fail, I myself have power to die." At this point the audience would begin to feel worried for Juliet, because they don't know what she might do when in such a state. Furthermore, they have knowledge of the prologue and this would have an even more negative affect on the audience, as they grow more despairing of the situation. In conclusion, the overall effects of the scene and its events have a very varied affect on the audience, which contribute to maintaining the audience's interest in the play, both in a Shakespearian theatre or a modern day setting. The rise and fall of dramatic tension, such as when Capulet grows very angry at Juliet quickly and when he leaves suddenly, is of particular interest and enjoyment to the audience, as is the use of dramatic irony and such other language techniques. ...read more.

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