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Romeo & Juliet - Explore the Way in Which Act 3 Scenes 4 and 5 Prepare the Audience for the tragic end of the Play

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Explore the Way in Which Act 3 Scenes 4 and 5 Prepare the Audience for the tragic end of the Play In this essay I will be writing about how Act 3, scenes 4 and 5 prepare the reader for the tragic ending of the play 'Romeo and Juliet' by William Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet is a play about two star crossed lovers whose love is forbidden because of the long feud between the two families, the Montague's and the Capulet's. Both these families are not willing to forgive. The prologue in the beginning of the play tells us the ending is tragic because the two lovers both take their lives and others also die. In scene 4 Juliet has just discovered that Romeo has killed Tybalt after the secret marriage. Romeo is banished to Mantua for what he has done; this has caused more difficulties for the young couple. Julie is upset that Romeo is banished and she needs comfort and emotional support from Romeo but he did not arrive. Juliet's parents assume that she was upset over Tybalt's death. Capulet agrees for Paris to marry Juliet so she can find happiness through marriage. ...read more.

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Juliet tries to persuade Roe to stay by pretending that it is still dark and it was the nightingale not the lark that they could hear. Romeo says to Juliet 'Let me be ta'en, let me put to death' This is the first reference of death which reminds a clue to the audience about the death of Romeo which happens at the end of the play. As Romeo goes down the ladder Juliet imagines him in a grave 'Methinks I see thee now, thou art so low, as one dead in the bottom of a tomb'. Shakespeare uses dramatic irony here because Romeo rally does end up in a tomb, dead. Romeo leaves Juliet. Lady Capulet calls Juliet. At this point of the scene things are happening quicker which leaves the audience in suspense because Lady Capulet is coming. Lady Capulet thinks that Juliet is still upset over Tybalt's death and wants revenge on Romeo. She threatens to: 'give him such an unaccustom'd dram that he shall soon keep Tybalt company'. Lady Capulet plans to kill Romeo by poison; Shakespeare also uses dramatic iron here because Romeo kills himself with poison. ...read more.

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Juliet can no longer trust anyone. With no choice left but to go to Friar Lawrence it was the last thing she could do. Her choice of going to Friar Lawrence contributes to the tragic ending. Friar Lawrence has come up with a plan to help Juliet. Juliet has to take some sort of potion to make it look like as if she was dead but she is actually sleeping. When her family see that she is 'dead; they would take her to Capulet's tomb where Romeo would find her. Friar Lawrence's plan did not work because he could not send the message to Romeo about the plan causing Romeo to thin that Juliet was really dead. Romeo is so upset he ends up buying poison and killing himself. Juliet wakes up to find him dead, she takes the dagger and also kills herself. If Friar Lawrence's plan worked the two lovers would not have ended up killing themselves. This scene prepares the audience because of the hints throughout; Shakespeare has used dramatic irony and images of death in these scenes which give the reader an idea of what would happen in the end of this tragic play. ?? ?? ?? ?? 2nd Draft Puifon 11N ...read more.

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