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This essay is going to explore the dramatic structure of Act 3 Scene 5 in the Shakespearian play 'Romeo and Juliet'.

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Romeo and Juliet Coursework This essay is going to explore the dramatic structure of Act 3 Scene 5 in the Shakespearian play 'Romeo and Juliet'. I will look at the characters actions and see how they influence what happens in this scene. An example of one of these actions that influence the play would be that Juliet turned down Paris's marriage proposal because she already wife to Romeo. I will also be exploring other aspects, such as history, cultural and social contexts, and how these affect the characters behaviour throughout the play. This scene is central to the play, having been influenced by the scenes leading up to it, and helps lead up to the tragic ending that befalls the play. It begins with the two lovers, Romeo and Juliet, waking up together after their wedding night, or have they slept? Juliet tries to deny the fact that morning has come and Romeo has to leave with lines such as 'Wilt thou be gone? It is not yet near day,' (Act 3 Scene 5 Line 1) and 'Yond light is not daylight, I know it,' (Act 3 Scene 5 Line 12). She soon changes her mind, however, when Romeo mentions 'Let me be tane, let me be put to death,' (Act 3 Scene 5 Line 17), after which, Juliet can't seem to get him out of the bedroom fast enough. ...read more.

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These ambiguities has a large impact on the both the scene and the play. The audience would know what Juliet means, and know how Lady Capulet has taken it in the wrong way. They would probably be thinking 'Wait! Juliet is not mourning for Tybalt!' This gives the audience a greater understanding, and pulls them into the play more than it would have without the ambiguities and dramatic irony. After this, Lord Capulet enters into the bedroom, expecting to be greatly thanked for his effort in getting someone for Juliet to marry. He, along with his wife, believes Juliet is grieving for the loss of Tybalt, and compares her to a ship on a sea of tears, which is just one of many metaphors involved in the play. When he finds Juliet is not receptive of his gift of a husband, he flies into a rage, and uses lines such as 'Out you green-sickness carrion, out you baggage,' (Act 3 Scene 5 line 156) to describe her, and tell her what to do if she didn't accept the marriage offer. This is how many of the fathers in his day and age would have reacted in his position, as you could say he almost 'owned' Juliet, so her defying him would not have put him in the best of moods. ...read more.

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Nowadays, the audience wouldn't know how Lady Capulet is, with equal rights and all that, so they don't have to rely on men to keep them afloat, they would just be thinking 'how can her own mother do that to her?' This play is a tension-building masterpiece, which has been derived from an older poem to form what is now one of Shakespeare's most famous pieces of work. The characters are detailed, and have their weaknesses and strengths, which all played a part to the storyline and made it a realistic drama for a Shakespearean audience. Shakespeare's use of language, characters and setting all help to build tension and draw the audience into the play even more, making it very popular even today. All of the characters, whether they are main or just someone with one line, all have a part to play in the tension building, dramatic effect and end tragedy. His language use is superb, even if it is difficult to understand nowadays, and makes it a brilliant play to watch. The reading of it is not the best, because it is not meant to be read, but is meant for a stage with cast and such. The sympathy for the love of Romeo and Juliet is built up with the tension, until, at the end, it creates an eye watering piece of work. Aaron Roberts ...read more.

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