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Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Act 3, Scene 5.

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Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Act 3, Scene 5 Act 3 Scene 5 is a turning point of the play. During which the tone turns from comedy to tragedy. The audience once saw love and laughter in the play but the dark clouds begin to form, signifying a point of no return, with the relationships and tensions between the characters becoming more sombre. Shakespeare is preparing us for a tragedy. Because the audience knows what is going to happen from the prologue, 'A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life', 'The fearful passage of their death-marked love', we sense the end is near from the very beginning of the scene, starting with the scene where Romeo and Juliet are arguing whether it is night or day. They talk about death and that they are willing to die for love, much like the ending. The scene is now concerned with death rather than love: 'I must be gone and live, or stay and die.' This is a powerful moment, and this point is re-echoed throughout the scene. The fact that Romeo is talking about death, rather than just being caught by the Capulet's, shows Shakespeare's use of powerful language to increase tension. Another instance is: 'Then Window, let day in, and let life out'. ...read more.


Juliet does not tell Lady Capulet about Romeo, it would just make the situation worse. Lady Capulet thinks she is still mourning over the death of Tybalt, which adds tension because the audience know that Juliet is actually mourning Romeo, and to see Lady Capulet being unaware of the situation which she is trying to control is aggravating. 'LADY CAPULET: Well, girl, thou weep'st not so much for his death As the villain lives which slaughtered him. JULIET: What villain, madam? LADY CAPULET: That same villain Romeo. JULIET: [Aside] Villain and he may be many miles asunder. - God pardon him, I do with all my heart: And yet no man like he doth grieve my heart.' We see that Juliet has so much love that she even forgives Romeo for killing her cousin. That is how much she loves Romeo. Lady Capulet goes on to say that they are going to poison Romeo: 'Shall give him such an unaccustomed dram / That he shall soon keep Tybalt company'. Juliet answers that she will only be at ease until she is dead if they do poison Romeo: 'Indeed I never shall be satisfied / With Romeo, till I behold him - dead -.' ...read more.


A modern audience does not have the same views on patriarchy, and children now have more liberties and can make their own choices. Therefore they will feel angry that Capulet is making Juliet marry Paris for his family's pride as modern marriages are created through love rather than to improve family status. In the scene, Capulet is rude to Juliet and tells her very strongly what to do, he also sends off Lady Capulet to tell Juliet about the marriage. Modern audiences do not believe in patriarchy and would feel angry that Capulet is ordering his own family around: 'Hang thee, young baggage, disobedient wretch!' So the audience would definitely not have sided with Capulet and they would sympathise with Juliet completely. Social order was very important in Elizabethan times and Capulet would have been head of the house, so could have ordered both Lady Capulet and Juliet around. This is different from modern eras where women and men are now equal. So when Capulet says to Lady Capulet: 'take me with you, take me with you, wife', an Elizabethan audience would have accepted this as being quite normal. A modern audience however would feel angry with Capulet for talking to his wife this way. This is how the tone of a scene can change according to the audience's reaction. Leech 08/05/07 1,654 words 1/4 ...read more.

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