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Why is Act 3 Scene 5 Lines 64 - end of Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' so important and what is its dramatic impact on the audience? How should this scene be performed to heighten its

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Why is Act 3 Scene 5 Lines 64 - end of Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' so important and what is its dramatic impact on the audience? How should this scene be performed to heighten its dramatic impact? 'Romeo and Juliet' was written by an English playwright William Shakespeare between the years 1596 and 1598. The play is about two teenagers who are deeply in love with one another but are from two families which are warring with each other. These families are the Montague's (which Romeo, the male of the two lovers, is part of), and the Capulets (which Juliet, the second of the two in love, belongs to). Because these two powerful houses are in dispute Romeo and Juliet know that they cannot marry because of the hatred between the rest of the family. Therefore the wed in secret, with Juliet's Nurse's help. After this, Romeo kills Juliet's cousin, Tybalt, and gets banished from Verona. The Nurse and Juliet alike want Romeo to come back to Verona, and therefore arrange for him to sneak into the Capulet's household and consummate his marriage to Juliet. However, after this one night of passion, Capulet (the head of the house) arranges a marriage for Juliet to Paris, a local county. The Church, though, will not allow anyone to marry twice or get a divorce, so Juliet is left with a dilemma. The Nurse takes the side of Capulet and tells Juliet to marry Paris. Juliet, therefore goes to see the Friar Lawrence and he gives her a potion which will make her appear dead but, in reality will make her sleep deeply for 42 hours. ...read more.


This is ironic because the audience knows that that is only going to make Juliet more mournful. On L83 when Juliet says 'And yet no man like he doth grieve my heart', Shakespeare uses dramatic irony at this point, as the audience understands that Juliet is weeping over Romeo being banished and that she cannot see a way which she can spend the rest of her life with Romeo, whereas Lady Capulet thinks that she means that she is weeping over him because he killed her cousin Tybalt, and she wants to avenge his death. Therefore, Lady Capulet says 'I'll send...dram' (L88-90) which means she is going to find someone to poison Romeo and Juliet will be pleased with that result. Juliet, however, is horrified and therefore Shakespeare cleverly constructs her short speech (L93-102). This has many double meanings, so Juliet is not actually lying to Lady Capulet, but is making sure she misinterprets what she is saying, such as 'With Romeo, till I behold him-dead-Is my poor heart' (L94-5), for Lady Capulet thinks she is saying that she will never be satisfied until she 'beholds him dead', but Juliet is really saying '...dead is my poor heart' - Juliet's heart is dead because of him getting banished and killing Tybalt, as well as having one night of passion with her and running away, and this is ironic because the next time she does see him, her heart does die, for she stabs his dagger through it. Also, the lines 'To wreak the love I bore my cousin Tybalt Upon his body that hath slaughter'd him.' ...read more.


Juliet, therefore, should try to make eye contact with her as she is seeking help from her. Just before she starts to turn her back on Juliet should shoot a look of disgust at Juliet. As she says her line, she should stand straighter and more upright to show the contrast from her to the broken figure of Juliet. As she says her line she should say it all flatly, as if she is measuring the words up before she says them. Her tone should be cold, rejecting her daughter utterly. In conclusion, it can be seen that this is an important scene in the play as a whole because this is when Juliet starts thinking about suicide and also how she can get out of her situation. Also, the plot thickens, as Paris gets heavily involved in the play and Juliet longs for Romeo who is banished but still the main character in the play. An Elizabethan audience would have felt scorn during this part of the play because they would have felt that Juliet was wrong and would have laughed at her self-realisation, whereas a modern audience will feel empathy when they see this scene because they can see where Juliet is coming from and feel the pain she is feeling due to the fact that we all have had disagreement with our parents and know how it feels to resist and fail. To make this scene very dramatic, the actor play Juliet must put themselves in Juliet's shoes and put their own personal feelings into the script, and the audience will become even more involved if the feelings of the actor are true and real. ?? ?? ?? ?? Treeshan L 10DH -- ...read more.

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