Act 3 Scene 5 of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Essay example

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Act 3 Scene 5 of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Act III scene V is a pivotal scene in the play as within this one scene there are changes in the atmosphere, the relationship between the characters, and the characters themselves. At the beginning of this scene Romeo is preparing to leave for Mantua, Shakespeare needs to make the audience believe that Romeo and Juliet truly are in love, as Romeo not long ago said he was in love with Rosaline. Their love for each other can be shown in both the atmosphere and the way the scene is performed by the actors. The atmosphere during the opening of this scene is filled with excitement, risk but also sorrow. The young couple are going against all
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'Methinks I see thee…as one dead in the bottom of a tomb…' The audience knows from the prologue previously, that both Romeo and Juliet shall die, this is something the characters themselves in the play do not know, and it is this that is called dramatic irony. This line is also foreshadowing as it is leading up to their deaths, hinting as to what will happen.

When Romeo leaves this scene both characters, Romeo and Juliet, have different thoughts, Juliet is pessimistic whereas Romeo is the opposite and very optimistic. 'I doubt it not; and all these woes shall serve for sweet discourses in our times to come.

The atmosphere during this scene is quick to change when nurse runs in to warn Juliet her mother is soon to come. The mood changes from excitement and love, to panic. Juliet's actions again can reflect this mood. Whilst Romeo was still present her movements should be slow and meaningful, e.g. not being able to let go of his hand or long eye contact, to show she does not want her time with Romeo to end. However as Nurse enters the quick movements and rushing shows the audience the panic she is feeling at the thought of her mother finding out about Romeo.

Juliet's status, when her mother walks in, changes as she has to turn from a woman and wife, back to Lady Capulet's 14 year old daughter. This is a lot for a girl to take on in such a short space of time, and so

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