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Romeo and Juliet is a play about the changing relationships between fathers and daughters. How would you direct Act III Scene v lines 36-242, taking into account the social and historical context of the Elizabethan era?

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Romeo and Juliet is a play about the changing relationships between fathers and daughters. How would you direct Act III Scene v lines 36-242, taking into account the social and historical context of the Elizabethan era? Act III, scene v is a very important scene because it portrays the true, everlasting love held between Romeo and Juliet in the shape of Romeo wanting to die for Juliet and Juliet's continual mourning of Romeo after he has gone. It also brings to light Juliet's relationships with her mother and father, Lord and Lady Capulet and even the Nurse as well. I would set the play scene as it would have been during the time that the play is set, similar to Franco Zefirelli's interpretation of the play, with a very Elizabethan atmosphere and dress code; neck-ruffs, tunics, skin-tight trousers and all, making it as time-accurate as possible so it really draws the audience in, making them feel involved and making the play nearer to fact than fiction. As before said, the era that Romeo and Juliet is set in is the Elizabethan era, which, even though the Queen herself was a lady, was an exceedingly patriarchal, male dominated, even hierarchal society where women were very much dominated by men in general, and women weren't allowed or privileged to do certain things as well. One of these things was acting, which would have made it quite difficult for someone like William Shakespeare directing a play, having to suffice with ...read more.

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This will then illuminate clearer the other items in the room like a large oak wardrobe and dressing table with large mirror and (lead) make-up and various perfumes placed on it. Then lines 1-25 will commence, where Romeo knows really that it is the lark, signalling either his leave or mortal danger, not the nightingale as Juliet so protests to begin with, meaning it was still night and he could stay, but he still stays. He knows staying would put him in danger of execution, but his love (or lust?) for Juliet shines through here particularly when he says "Let me be tane, let me be put to death". At this Juliet comes to her senses and tries to usher Romeo away quickly. Then the Nurse who is quite dirty and wearing layered patchwork cloth bustles in out of breath warning Romeo and Juliet of lady Capulet's soon arrival, looking over her shoulder nervously. After a long-winded farewell Romeo finally leaves, much to the dismay of Juliet who proceeds to make a prediction that that was their last meeting. I envisage this monologue to be spoken with Juliet under a spotlight, a blank look on her face while she is sitting bolt upright in bed with silent tears running down her face. In struts Lady Capulet in a prim and proper fashion and the lights go back to streaming through the window, dressed smartly in a dark violet gown, saying "Ho, daughter, are you up?" ...read more.

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Only Juliet and the Nurse are left in the bedroom and Juliet returns to her bed crying asking the nurse for advice, her voice muffled through her pillow as she cries into it. The Nurse then continues on to side with her parents, saying forget about Romeo. Juliet stops her crying and the lights dim as she looks up at the Nurse looking betrayed, as she has just lost the only person who knew what was really going on. Juliet then acts as though she listened and taken in what the Nurse said and tells her to go tell Lord Capulet that she will marry Paris after all. Even though this is what the Nurse recommended, I think she doesn't really mean what she said and she looks quite put out as she exits. Juliet gets up out of bed and hurries to the door to make sure she's gone then closes the bedroom door. Lights dim and the spotlight falls onto Juliet who curses the nurse for saying what she said and hurries off to Friar Lawrence's cell. Lights dim to black. That concludes act III scene v and overall I hope the play will be recognised as a good interpretation of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Hopefully the audience will be able to sympathize and get involved into the play and not just remember it as that same old play that you studied back at school but to understand the deeper, meaningful sides to the play of Romeo and Juliet. ...read more.

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