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

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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 wishes from their families, and are at risk of being caught, but more importantly they know that they cannot be together and that Romeo has to leave. Their relationship at this stage in the play is based more on passion and excitement than true love however the language used really makes the audience aware of how strong their feelings are for each other. 'Wilt thou be gone? It is not yet near day....' Juliet wants to spend as much time as possible with Romeo. As Romeo leaves the actress who plays Juliet should use body language as well as the language to show how much she loves Romeo, and how she does not want him to leave. Ways of doing this could be to keep holding on to Romeo as he starts to get up and go, to keep eye contact for as long as she can as he descends down the balcony. This then appears to the audience that she is desperate for Romeo to stay. However to ways of acting out their love could be portrayed in simple action such a... ... middle of paper ... ...have done with thee.' I think Lady Capulet should say this in a very formal way almost as if it is what is expected by Capulet. Juliet now feels isolated and alone and it is at this point she turns to nurse who she depends on. 'Well, thou hast comforted me marvelous much.' This should definitely be said in a sarcastic tone, as Juliet cannot believe that nurse is going against Romeo and agreeing with the idea of Paris. Overall in this scene the moods and relationships have changed for the worse. After Act 3 Scene 5 nothing goes well for anyone, however the scenes between Romeo and Juliet make it less of a tragedy and more of a love story as it is well known as. This love can only be shown through close physical contact and language in which the audience can connect with the couple and truly believe they are in love.
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