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The dramatic impact of Romeo and Juliet in Act 3, scene 5.

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Romeo & Juliet Coursework This assignment is an analysis of the dramatic impact of Romeo and Juliet, Act 3, scene 5. Romeo and Juliet, perhaps the most famous love story of all times tells the tale two lovers, children of enemies who have been fighting for years whose love ends up in a tragedy. Issues rose within Romeo and Juliet are very much relevant today as it deals with affairs of love, hatred and violence. This novel has inspired an innumerable amount of plays, musicals, films, paintings etc, and continues to inspire many more. We have studied two versions of the film, the Franco Zeffirelli version (1968) which contains a setting back in time into the Elizabethan era, with the Elizabethan style clothes and houses, and the Baz Luhrman version (1997) which contains a more modern setting, with modern clothes and houses, but also with a futuristic feel. Act 3, scene 5 is a key scene due to it being the middle of the play in which the audience would expect a high impact scene with a huge turning point of the story line and of the characters. ...read more.

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The shock and despondency of this news is clearly stated within her dialogue, "Now, by Saint Peter's Church and Peter too, he shall not make me there a joyful bride". The repetition of her mothers words emphasise the rhythm of the dialogue and reflects her defiance and loyalty to Romeo. She cannot go through with this marriage as she has wedded married Romeo and consummated it. An Elizabethan audience would recognise this and understand how Juliet felt, as to get married again would be breaking a law of God. The audience would be fully drawn into her dilemma and the atmosphere would be very tense. But Lady Capulet steps back and lets her husband deal with the matter. Capulet enters with most joy and bliss due to the arrangement he has just set. He talks with softness conveying he can be loving and sweet, but he also refers to Juliet as, "In one little body...". This reveals to us what he sees his own daughter as, something in "one little body", a passion in which you control. In Elizabethan time women had no status. Neither eminence nor equal rights were a part of their culture. ...read more.

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But Juliet throughout this scene has strengthened herself mentally becoming a committed, independent woman which allows her take control over this predicament. She plans to go see Friar Lawrence, her last chance of help, "I'll tell the Friar to know his remedy. If all else fail, I myself have power to die". Juliet, directly speaking to the audience, informs them that if her final plan fails her last course of action will be left to her to kill herself. Again we are indicated of the coming tragedy. As mentioned earlier on Act 3 Scene 5 is a vital scene of the play. It combines emotions of harmony and love through to the violence, brutality and desperation. It is a turning point of the play, from a romantic story through to a tragedy. It also is a turning point of Juliet, in which she becomes a strong, independent woman who is willing to kill herself rather than obey her father's rules which undermine her religious values. It contains an insight of the other characters, including the bully of a father and the shallowness of a nurse. It consists of irony, drama, effective dialogue and excellent use of language. In my opinion, Shakespeare has been very successful of having the dramatic impact intended on the audience. ?? ?? ?? ?? HMA ...read more.

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