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Romeo and Juliet: The Arguments in the Capulets house (Act 3 Scene 5).

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Romeo and Juliet: The Arguments in the Capulets house (Act 3 Scene 5) The mood I would aim for in the production of this scene would mainly be one of anger and despair. However, the mood would begin differently - happier and more relaxed - then change dramatically. At the beginning of the scene we see Romeo being forced to leave Juliet after the nurses warning Lady Capulet is coming. Immediately we would see Juliet's mood - she would be acting very tense and edgy and would be in a state of high emotion as she had just spent her first (and last) night with Romeo. This would be combined with her grief over Tybalts' death. Juliet would also be contemplating the possibility that the fortunes are controlling her and making her miserable, because of this I would have her acting quite distracted when lady Capulet first starts talking to her. When Lady Capulet enters I would have her also acting edgy and fidgeting with items in the room. Similar to how Baz Luhrman has her acting in his production of the scene. I think this reflects how Lady Capulet never goes into her daughter's room and feels very uncomfortable. ...read more.


It would show how she feels awkward and would rather not be there. During Capulets' second speech in this scene, I would have him act as Baz Luhrman does in his version of the play. Getting more and more angry as the speech progresses with a close-up getting closer. We can tell how angry he is by the amount of punctuation used in the scene. If the actor playing Capulet was taller than Juliet I would have him looking down on her in disgust. By now I would have Juliet beginning to cry again showing her emotion. As she replies to Capulet ("Not proud you have...") I would also have her getting increasingly angrier and perhaps moving towards her father. As she finished speaking he would push her away, emphasising how he doesn't want her is she wont do this for him. After Juliet gets angry we really see Capulets' anger come through. I wouldn't have him making it obvious by shouting, but speaking fairly loudly in a cold determined harsh tone. Shouting is not needed because his many curses against his daughter make it clear how angry he is. ...read more.


The nurse tells her she should marry Paris, which surprises Juliet, and she distances herself from the nurse for the first time. To show this, when the nurse begins to tell Juliet her "comfort" she would lead Juliet back into her bedroom with her arm around her, but when she had finished talking Juliet would break free and move across the room away from her. I'd tell the actress playing Juliet to avoid making eye contact or looking at the nurse for the rest of the scene as she is dismissing the nurse. Another way we can tell she is doing this is they way she starts to give the nurse orders such as "Go in: and tell my lady I am gone..." after the nurse has gone she really turns on her and curses behind her back. After all the arguments she had with her father though we do see that they are rather alike - both of them tend to curse quite harshly when they get going. Juliet's last line in this scene is another example of retrospective irony. She says, "If all else fail, myself have power to die". This is an example of retrospective irony because at the end of the play this is actually what happens to her. ...read more.

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