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Dramatic Effects In Act 3 Scene 5 Of William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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

‘Romeo and Juliet’, is a story of two young lovers, whose love was
destined for destruction. They did not imagine that their love would
lead to the tragedies that it did but with the constant pressures from
their feuding families it soon ended in their tragic demise. Act 3
Scene 5 is of great importance since it reveals the anxious feelings
and emotions of many characters. Events occur here, which have
long-term consequences for the rest of the plays events; hence the
scene can be viewed as a turning point.

Act 3 Scene 5 starts off in Juliet’s bedroom. The atmosphere is calm
and quiet and shows intimacy between the two. Juliet awakes to the
sound of a bird singing which she thinks is the nightingale
symbolically the night bird. She is desperate to keep Romeo with her,
almost convincing him to stay, but he is more reluctant. Romeo
appears more edgy and alert and is certain, that it is the day bird
the lark, as he can now see the light. He uses the metaphor ‘The
night’s candles are burnt out’, meaning the stars have been burnt from
the night sky. Light normally represents hope but this time is
symbolising danger for him. Juliet is making excuses for Romeo to
stay, she says the light he can see is a meteor and when he does
eventually depart it will act as a guide for him. Romeo decides to
stay; he is willing to put his life at risk and will accept death to
be with Juliet. The audience reaction is now edgy and nervous in fear
of them getting caught.

Fear and understanding finally set in and Juliet tells Romeo to go:
‘It is, it is! Hie hence, be gone, away! It is the lark that sings
so out of tune, Straining harsh discords and unpleasing sharps. Some
say the lark makes sweet division; This doth not so, for she divideth
us’. Word play is used here as she refers to the lark normally making
beautiful sounds with the song it creates as it divide, up note (sweet
division) in its chest here, though the song causes them to separate.
In the comment ‘Some say the lark and loathed toad change eyes, O; now
I would they had changed voices too! Hunting thee hence with hunt's-up
to the day’. Juliet is referring to a popular belief that the toad and
lark could change eyes. If they changed bodies too, she would be very
happy, as the song wouldn’t be a signal for Romeo to depart. If the
toad was outside they could stay together but the lark is parting
them. The hunting reference is referring to the increasing danger
Romeo is in. The lighter it gets the darker they feel and more
unhappy. The darkness here is symbolising fears and problems: ‘More
light and light it grows, more dark and dark our woes’.

The intensity builds up when the Nurse informs Juliet of her mother
coming to her chamber. The illusion of...

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