The Arguments in the Capulets House of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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The Arguments in the Capulets House of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Act 3 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet could be interpreted in several ways by a director, simple because of the way Shakespeare has written the play. He has included very few stage directions for the actors to follow. This makes putting the play to life much more difficult as it could be openly criticized by fans of Shakespeare who disagree with the directors interpretation. However, the distinct lack of stage directions give the director much more freedom as there is no set right or wrong way for the play to be produced. The mood I would aim for in the production of this scene would mainly be one of anger and despair. However, the mood would begin differently - happier and more relaxed - then change dramatically. At the beginning of the scene we see Romeo being forced to leave Juliet after the nurses warning that Lady Capulet is coming. Immediately, Juliet's mood becomes apparent to the audience - she would be acting very tense and edgy and would be in a state of high emotion as she had just spent her first (and last) night with Romeo. This would be combined with her grief over Tybalts' death. Juliet would also be contemplating the possibility that the fortunes are controlling her and making her miserable, because of this I would have her acting quite distracted when lady Capulet first starts talking to her. When Lady Capulet enters I would have her also acting edgy and fidgeting with items in the room. Similar to how Baz Luhrman has her acting in his production of the scene. I think this reflects how Lady Capulet never goes into her daughter's room a... ... middle of paper ... ...Juliet would break free and move across the room away from her. I'd tell the actress playing Juliet to avoid making eye contact or looking at the nurse for the rest of the scene as she is dismissing the nurse. Another way we can tell she is doing this is they way she starts to give the nurse orders such as "Go in: and tell my lady I am gone…" after the nurse has gone she really turns on her and curses behind her back. After all the arguments she had with her father though we do see that they are rather alike - both of them tend to curse quite harshly when they get going. Juliet's last line in this scene is another example of retrospective irony. She says, "If all else fail, myself have power to die". This is an example of retrospective irony because at the end of the play this is actually what happens to her.
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