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The significance of Juliet's three soliloquies

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The significance of Juliet's three soliloquies At the beginning of the play, Juliet is a very timid and orderly young woman. She is accustomed to life in her home, and seems unaware of the war between her own family and the Montagues. What most people forget when they read Romeo and Juliet is that the author, William Shakespeare, intended for it to be a play, performed on the stage, not to be read from paper. For this reason, there are many aspects left out when the play is read. Things like detail, description and staging. When the lay is performed, the actors will be staged accordingly to their importance in the play, and what they are doing. Description need not be read, as the audience will see it, and detail like facial expressions and reactions will also be right there in front of them. For example, while Juliet is reciting the first soliloquy (act 2 scene 5), she would star tat one side, move slowly across to the middle (getting louder as she does so) and then finally finish back at the side where she started. Chambers dictionary defines soliloquy as "A dramatic or literary form of discourse in which a character talks to himself or herself or reveals his or her thoughts without addressing a listener." ...read more.


The concept of her telling us what is on her mind at the time of the soliloquy is almost like a diary. Each soliloquy helps us to put together the pieces of the puzzle, until the end of the play where we can finally build up the complete view of Juliet, and use past circumstance to see if Juliet learns from her mistakes and amplifies her maturity. An important job that the soliloquies take on is to build one of the dominating comparisons; light and dark. Juliet's first soliloquy shows the perspective of light. Juliet makes several references to the sun; "Which ten times faster glides than the sun's beams", and "Now the sun is upon the highmost hill". These mean that her happiness is as bright as the sun, and that love is so powerful that a message of love will travel faster than the speed of light; now that she is at the peak of existence. However, in her second soliloquy, she discards the sun, and welcomes the moon in the darkness night; "...and pay no worship to the garish sun". The differences between light and dark create tension in Juliet's mind, and affect the choices she must make about Romeo and her family (whether to go with her heart and choose Romeo or to be loyal to her family and marry Paris). ...read more.


The overall plot can then be seen and remembered. The audiences considers what happened in the begging of the play, and now sees the ending, and answers questions from all over the story line and can therefore be satisfied with the conclusion. Shakespeare must have chosen Juliet to tie the play together because she was at the centre of it. It was her choice to pretend to die and her in the middle of Romeo and her family. She had the perspective of everyone and consequently acted as a second hand narrator. She is not quite a narrator because she is not aware of the audience, but still performs the same job; filling in the details so that the viewers can fully understand what is going on, and try to realise how the characters feel about previous events. In conclusion, my essay has answered what the significance of Juliet's three soliloquies is. Without them, the audience would not have as much detail or time to reflect. They would not know how Juliet really feels, or what she is thinking. Juliet herself would not have time to think, and therefore may have stayed true to her family's wishes and married Paris. The play would feel rushed, and we would have no implication that Juliet had changed or grown up at all. But, with the soliloquies, the play is complete and the audience is pleased with the performance. ...read more.

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