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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) Act 3 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet could be interpreted in several ways by a director, simple because of the way Shakespeare has written the play. He has included very few stage directions for the actors to follow. This makes putting the play to life much more difficult as it could be openly criticized by fans of Shakespeare who disagree with the directors interpretation. However, the distinct lack of stage directions give the director much more freedom as there is no set right or wrong way for the play to be produced. 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 that Lady Capulet is coming. Immediately, Juliet's mood becomes apparent to the audience - 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. ...read more.

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In modern times if the woman didn't accept her partner she wouldn't be forced into the marriage. Having said that, arranged marriages don't happen as much as they did back then. They mainly take place in religions such as Islam. As Lady Capulet tells Lord Capulet how Juliet feels about the marriage we see her acting even colder towards Juliet. The line "I would the fool were married to her grave" shows us that Lady Capulet feels that if Juliet doesn't marry Paris she might as well be dead. This is an example of retrospective irony as we see at the end of the play. After this I would have Lady Capulet stood out of the scene, or just lingering in the background stood near to the door. 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. ...read more.

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Juliet and the nurse would then be left alone. Juliet is expecting the nurse for comfort and asks her for help - "some comfort nurse" - but does not get what she wants. 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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