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Show how Shakespeare creates dramatic tension for the audience in Act 3 Scene 5 of “Romeo and Juliet”, in order to involve his audience in the lovers’ predicament.

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Show how Shakespeare creates dramatic tension for the audience in Act 3 Scene 5 of "Romeo and Juliet", in order to involve his audience in the lovers' predicament Act 3 Scene 5 is a crucial scene where tension and emotions are high. In this scene, Shakespeare has created dramatic tension in different forms to captivate the audience and make them emotionally involved. The scene begins with irony as Romeo and Juliet are consummating their marriage, while downstairs Juliet's parents are arranging her marriage with Paris. Romeo uses antithesis such as "night" and "day", and "live" and "die", which adds to the irony of what has been revealed to the audience in the chorus, that no matter what happens, that the couple's fate is to take their lives, but the audience are adamant that the lovers may escape their fate. Shakespeare deliberately revealed what happened in the play, to make the audience think about the wider issues of the play rather than just the storyline. Dramatic tension is created when Romeo has to go because Lady Capulet is coming upstairs. This is a poignant moment in the play as it is the last time the lovers' see each alive. The lovers use evocative poetry with words like "love" contrasts with the harsh words used by the parents later on in the scene. The scene also contains a lot of premonitions such as when Juliet says that she sees Romeo "as one dead in the bottom of the tomb" this is a clear case of irony as this is what happens at the end of the play. ...read more.

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This is ironic as the marriage to Paris would not be joyful as she is married to Romeo. Juliet emphatically declines the proposal of marriage, as she would be disloyal Romeo and it would be illegal. Juliet goes on further using ambiguous language in opposition to the arranged marriage. Shakespeare does this to strengthen the bond of the audience with Juliet's emotions. Lady Capulet's reaction to this is, that Juliet should tell Capulet who is approaching and see how he takes it. Capulet enters the room with storm imagery "conduit girl", "showering", "raging" and "tempest" referring to Juliet's excessive crying. This is ironic s Capulet would be "raging" with a storm of his harsh words which are about to break out as Lady Capulet tells him "but she will none" the marriage of Paris. Shakespeare does this to further create anger from the audience against Lady Capulet. Capulet is first bewildered in why Juliet doesn't want to marry Paris as he asks question "doth she not give us thanks". He then becomes enraged by Juliet's defiance, resulting to verbal abuse such as "minion", "green-sickness carrion", "baggage" and "tallow face". Shakespeare does this to make the audience have stronger faith in Juliet and to despise her parents. Capulet goes on further to say "against Thursday, next, to go with Paris to Saint Peters Church, or I will drag thee on a hurdle thither", tension at this point is high as Capulet has issued a stark warning. ...read more.

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Juliet who is astounded by what she is hearing wants confirmation by nurse from her "heart". Nurse replies by saying that it was from her "soul" too. This totally outraged Juliet inside her, but on the outside she then said very sarcastically that nurse had "comforted me marvellous much" and that Juliet was going to Friar Lawrence's cell after "displeasing" her father. Nurse complies thinking that brought her around. Nurse leave and Juliet is left on her own. Juliet begins a soliloquy, in which she is angry at nurse, who she feels ahs let her down, and now is referred to as "she", for betraying her is switching sides from pro- Romeo to pro-Paris. She goes on further to say that if she doesn't find a remedy with the friar then she would have the "power" to take her own life. This is ironic as in the end she takes her own life. This scene is the most important and dramatic because of the high of tension and emotion through the scene. It is the scene where the whole plays future is set and is the scene where the most ifs and maybes could have changed the course of the play for the audience, although the audience were told the storyline of the play in the chorus. Shakespeare did this for the audience to think about wider issues such as relationships between parents and their children and bearing grudges, which reasons have been forgotten. In this play Shakespeare has tried to make the audience on the issues raised. - Page 1 - ...read more.

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