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William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564 and was the eldest son of John and Mary Shakespeare.

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William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564 and was the eldest son of John and Mary Shakespeare. In 1582 William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway a year later in 1583 his first daughter Susanna is born followed then in 1585 by his first son Hamnet and second daughter Judith who were twins. Sadly in 1596 Hamnet his only son dies aged eleven. During his lifetime William Shakespeare wrote over thirty successful plays including "A Midsummer Nights Dream", "Hamlet", "Twelfth Night" and "Romeo and Juliet" amongst many others. William Shakespeare sadly died in 1616 at the age of fifty-two and was buried in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon. Act 3, scene 5 is a significant turning point within the plot of 'Romeo and Juliet'; Juliet discovers that she has been engaged to the County Paris, thanks to her father, Capulet. After the subsequent dispute with her father, Juliet takes drastic measures to avoid marrying the County Paris. Following this action Shakespeare is able to create the different consequences, and in turn continue the plays plot. ...read more.


Juliet: "Ay, madam, from the reach of these hands. Would none but I might venge my cousins death" The audience are presented the contrasting distresses of Juliet and Lady Capulet. The language used by Juliet has double meanings and Lady Capulet is equivocal to only one of the meanings and is unaware of Juliet's wishes to be with Romeo with a sense of dramatic irony. Overall if I was staging this part of the play I would have Lady Capulet moving around the stage tidying while Juliet looks out across to Mantua where Romeo is, this leads the audience to feel the stoic of Juliet and her ambiguousity of her and Romeo's future. Later in Act 3, Scene 5 the audience are displayed Juliet's intense emotions over Romeo and how Lady Capulet is ambivalent over Juliet's feelings. Juliet: " ..... O how my heart abhors To hear him named and cannot come to him. To wreck the love I bore my cousin Upon his body that hath slaughtered him!" This is a very turbulent period for Juliet after the loss of her cousin Tybalt and the banishment of husband Romeo. ...read more.


As this scene comes to an end the lines 205 to 233 are important to the overall feel of the play. Juliet requests a solution from the Nurse asking how the marriage can be prevented and asks for some comfort, as she is very stoic and melancholic. Juliet: "O God! - O Nurse, how shall this be prevented? My husband is on earth, my faith in heaven; How shall that faith return again to earth, ....... Some comfort, Nurse." The Nurse's reply shocks Juliet as the nurse suggests that Juliet marry County Paris causing Juliet to feel betrayed and she goes to desperate measures to prevent the marriage. Overall I believe the characters' beliefs effect the audience in a variety of ways depending on the audiences views and beliefs. Shakespeare's language during Act 3 especially builds up the tension felt throughout the play to allow the audience a spectacular finale in the concluding two acts that keeps the audience guessing. Written By Elliot Mewton 10N 'Romeo and Juliet' : How does Shakespeare convey the changing mood of Act 3, Scene 5 to his audience? ...read more.

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