Essay 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 3, scene 5 is one of the most dramatic and crucial scenes of the play, showing a vast range of emotions, themes and issues, including tension, pain, heart-break, love and death. The scene begins with an intense feeling of separation, as Romeo must leave Juliet or face almost certain death, ‘I must be gone and live, or stay and die’. This tension gives the audience a great sense of empathy for both Romeo and Juliet as their undoubted love must once again be torn apart.

At the beginning of the play Romeo is portrayed as the ‘love sick puppy,’ risking his life to meet with Juliet in the balcony scene. Juliet is a contrast, she is sensible
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Great anxiety is created with the constant references to death and a hint to the inevitability of a tragic ending. ‘Let me be ta’en, let me be put to death.’ It creates a great sense of risk and danger, linking love with death, which becomes the theme throughout the play. These intense emotions and the tension of the situation causes great dramatic effectiveness, it leaves the reader at the edge of their seat desperate to know to conclusion to this predicament, will they be caught? What will happen to Romeo?

Towards the end of Romeo and Juliet’s conversation their roles reverse again, Juliet starts to tell Romeo to go, ‘It is, it is!’ Hie hence, be gone, away!’ This is another sign of Juliet’s confusion and inconsistency, just before the pair are then interrupted by the nurse makes another reference to death and darkness, ‘More light and light, more dark and dark our woes.’ Another reminder that death hangs upon them, their fate is already seated.

The couple are soon interrupted by the sudden appearance of the Nurse, this introduces a new layer of dramatic tension as the Nurse and Juliet talk while Romeo should be gone, creating an added sense of danger. Juliet seeks reassurance from Romeo, ‘O, think’st thou we shall ever meet again?’ she then begins to have strong premonitions and hallucinations of death; ‘Me thinks I

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