Shakespeare's Act 3 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet as Dramatically Effective
Romeo and Juliet is a story of two "star-crossed lovers" who are
separated from two feuding families: the Capulets and Montagues. This
powerful story includes deception, violence, secrets and of course
love in which Shakespeare adapts so it has an enormous dramatic impact
on the audience.
Act 3 scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet is one of the most dramatic of
scenes in the play. This scene is quite important especially for the
character Juliet who is involved all through the scene. This is
because Shakespeare makes dramatic use of what people know or do not
to build up tension for the audience and Juliet. To do this
Shakespeare plays one character against the other by using suspense,
excitement, sympathy, irony and other such dramatic devices to keep
the audience interested.
The scene within the context of the whole scene is based in Juliet's
bedchamber and in this case is very symbolic to Romeo and Juliet.
"Enter Romeo and Juliet at the window". This sets the dream like scene
that is quiet and peaceful. This is symbolic to the audience but also
Romeo and Juliet because it the first place they ever met and
ironically, the last place they will ever will before their fateful
Romeo and Juliet's interaction is quite romantic and the language they
both use are poetic and has metaphorical imagery. " It was the lark,
the herald of the morn" to "stands tip toe on the misty mountain
tops". Romeo talks of the stars as the "night's candles" as being
burnt out as the lark sings as it is day. This creates a special
atmosphere where Romeo and Juliet have spent their night together and
are torn apart from Romeo's soon departure. This has an impact on the
audience where they would feel dispirited for the couple's limited
happiness but would notice the urgency of Romeo's escape to Verona.
Romeo and Juliet both also use neat word play and oxymorons to create
dramatic effect. "Some say the lark" to " More light and light, more
dark and dark our woes." The fact that Romeo and Juliet share this
rhyming couplet shows how they can read each other's mind and
symbolise to the audience how much they are in love. The antithesis,
which includes repetition also, balances night and day. This is
dramatically effective as the audience would feel very sympathetic
towards Romeo and realise that his woes are mixed with happiness.
Although Juliet and Romeo may speak romantically, the dialogue does
suggest that there is no time. "Hunting thee hence with hunt's-up to
the day". The tone of Juliet may sound happy and romantic however when
Shakespeare adds the imperative "O now be gone" this leaves an
impression on the audience. The audience might feel compassion for the
couple's brave attempt at love however much they are separated...