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Take lines 37-240 of Act 3, scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet and explain how I think they should be said as if I where directing it myself.

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English Shakespeare Assignment: Introduction In this piece of coursework I have been asked to take lines 37-240 of Act 3, scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet and explain how I think they should be said as if I where directing it myself. I will then go on to talk about Shakespeare's stagecraft, the attitudes he received from the audiences and how they accept his complex characters and finally the differences between the poem Shakespeare based his play on and the play itself and which is more relevant to today's audience. English Shakespeare Assignment: Romeo And Juliet The scene begins as the sun is rising in Verona. Romeo and Juliet awake after the previous night consummating their marriage. Emotions are running high in the Capulet household as Romeo had slaughtered Tybalt Juliet's cousin only the night before. When performing the lines in this scene certain things must be taken into account about how the characters will be feeling about incidents which have previously taken place. Both Romeo and Juliet will be very paranoid about there families finding out about the marriage as from the opening scene of the play the families grievance was known from the fight between the younger generations of the families in the streets. They will feel very alone as the only two people who are supporting the young lovers marriage are the nurse and the Friar who said in act 2 scene 3: "For this alliance may so happy prove, To turn your households' rancour to pure love" This line should have been said in a very thoughtful tone, the lines should be spoken loud enough so Romeo can hear but quietly enough to show that the friar is in a way thinking these thoughts to him self out-load. The facial expression should show that he is seriously contemplating the outcomes of this marridge so he will not look directly at Romeo but look into nothing as people in deep thought sometimes do, he should seem as if for a single moment he is alone in his own thoughts. ...read more.

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Her facial expression will show the anger she is feeling and her eyes will portray the hate towards Romeo she will take hold of Juliet as she speaks these words to increase the emphasis of what she is saying. To this Juliet replies: Juliet. Indeed I never shall be satisfied With Romeo till I behold him--dead-- Is my poor heart so for a kinsman vexed: Madam, if you could find out but a man To bear a poison, I would temper it, That Romeo should, upon receipt thereof, Soon sleep in quiet. O, how my heart abhors To hear him nam'd,--and cannot come to him,-- To wreak the love I bore my cousin Tybalt Upon his body that hath slaughter'd him! These words are spoken ambiguously. The following lines are very important to the scene: "With Romeo till I behold him--dead-- Is my poor heart so for a kinsman vex'd." These words will be taken by Lady Capulet to mean that Juliet will never be satisfied until she sees Romeo dead however the audience will understand that what she is actually saying is that she will not be satisfied until she sees Romeo, dead is her poor heart from her lovers departure. Many of the lines spoken by Juliet in this scene to both her mother and her father are taken an entirely different way by her parents than by the audience. These words will be spoken with sorrow and pain but she will also be careful that nothing she says is taken the wrong way by her mother so there will be certain uneasiness to her speech. She will talk with a rather slow pace careful of how she says her words. Her facial expression will show the pain she is feeling inside but her mother will think this is due to the death of Tybalt and the audience knows it is because of her longing to be with her Husband. ...read more.

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to portray the lovers as rebels who made no good reason to fight for their love and who should just listen to authority. I think when you look at the out come of the story it is easy to see who was right and who was wrong. Even though the two young lovers where not as mature and had little experience they fought for what they believed in and they saw it through to the end together. Their parents where fighting for no good reason and killing each other to prove who was stronger and in the end they drove their most beautiful daughter and intelligent son to death if they had only been more understanding towards the two youngsters they would have never lost them. I believe that the play is much more relevant to the audiences of today. Young people now have much more of a say in what they do and when they choose to do it, many young couples who are in love whose parents disagree run away together or have considered it so the play would be extremely relevant to these teens and I also think that parents who watch this will also agree that the lovers parents where wrong because they drove the two young lovers to their death. I do not think that the poem would be accepted by the youth of today because authority no longer has that much power over young peoples decisions. English Shakespeare Assignment: Shakespeare's Stagecraft It was extremely important for Shakespeare to maintain the pace of act 3 in order to maintain the audience's interest and add drama to the unfolding events. But Shakespeare was a genius in all aspects of his plays. He knew how he could use the limitations of the Globe to his advantage. There where two levels to the Globe and so Shakespeare used The upper level for the balcony scene, without the two levels the famous scene would have never been possible and would not exist today. ...read more.

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