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Romeo and Juliet - Juliet is the central character in Act 3 Scene 5 how does Shakespeare involve the audience in her situation.

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Juliet is the central character in Act 3 Scene 5 how does Shakespeare involve the audience in her situation. Before Act 3 Scene 5, Paris and Capulet were arranging the marriage of Juliet to Paris. Shakespeare involves the audience by allowing them to see this arrangement. Therefore, the audience knows what is coming next and are aware of the Romeo's situation. The situation in Act 3 Scene 5 was devised to build up sympathy in the audience. During the course of the scene, the love between Romeo and Juliet is a difficult situation for the both of them. Already at the start, the families of Romeo and Juliet are ancient rivals and enemies, but if that wasn't hard enough Romeo was banished from Verona and Juliet is unable to visit him because her father Lord Capulet is possessive and she has to ask for leave if she is to exit the Capulet household. ...read more.


The tragedy is that they will never again see each other alive. The audience understands this and feel for Juliet and what she is going through knowing when the lovers meet next it will be in a tomb, and Romeo will be dead. Shakespeare includes the audience in Juliet's thoughts by using a soliloquy to let them know what she thinks. This helps to involve the audience in her circumstances. In this soliloquy she says "Be fickle, Fortune" Juliet wants fate to be fickle so that she may see her Romeo again soon. The next part of the scene is in sharp contrast to this quiet anxious farewell between the two lovers. Both Capulets are furious and fail to understand her disobedience. Capulet explodes into a violent rage and denounces his daughter for her ingratitude. This rage shocks the audience as in previous scenes Capulet has been calm and relaxed, for that reason the unusualness of Juliet's behaviour and response is emphasised in this rage. ...read more.


"I think it best you married with the county" This comes as a shock to the audience who expected the Nurse to do something to help Juliet. Juliet's last hope for comfort is with Friar Lawrence. She plans to go to him for confession and advice. She declares that if the Friar does not help her to avoid the marriage to Paris, she will kill herself, a foreshadow of what is to soon happen. In Act 3 Scene 5 Juliet is the only character present in the entire scene. Shakespeare does this to fully involve the audience in her situation. This is because by allowing, the audience to see everything that Juliet is going through the audience is put in the same position as Juliet and it is encouraged to think like Juliet whilst receiving hints of her thoughts through the soliloquies. In this scene, Shakespeare is preparing the audience for the worst as Juliet is left with no alternative but to take the poison that friar Lawrence offers her to escape this situation. Ryan Seary Page 1 ...read more.

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