William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Essay

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William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

I will be exploring and analysing the different ways and methods in which Shakespeare uses dramatic devices/ techniques to make Act 3 Scene 5 a turning point, a moment which changes the whole course of the play, leaving things to never be the same again, in Romeo and Juliet. I will be studying the subject and theme of this scene, the structure of the scene, the characters, the language and stagecraft, and most importantly the different dramatic devices used.

From the beginning of the scene there is a sense of tension, which is shown when Romeo and Juliet have spent the night together without the knowledge of their families and birds are singing. When dawn
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In addition Shakespeare uses plenty metaphors to symbolise death, “night candles are burnt out”, to warn us of the future events.

Irony is another technique generously used, making the character’s words or actions clear to the audience/reader but unknown or totally the opposite to the character. “Let me be ta’en, let me be put to death”, this is ironic as Romeo will die shortly, even though he is not aware of this the audience is. This is used for emphatic effect.

In this scene love is presented in the terms of light and dark. The positive aspects of love are associated with light, the negative aspects of love are presented through images of darkness. The darker side of love is shown to be inevitable. These dark elements of love are linked with the tragic genre of the play. Shakespeare is making us aware that there is a fine line between love and death. “more light and light: more dark and dark our woes”, shows darkness is associated with pain and sadness, indicating the difficulty of enduring a relationship.

This scene takes place in Juliet’s chamber, with the bed being the main focal point. This is because the bed symbolises Juliet sleeping with Romeo along with the conception of deceit, for the Capulets and Montagues have an on going feud which has been flaring for many years, and if Juliet’s parents were to know, Juliet would undoubtedly be

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