The Dramatic Effectiveness of Three Soliloquies in Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet was written in the early 19th century. The play was
written at the peak of William Shakespeare's work and is considered as
one of his most poetic plays. The choice of language is greatly varied
and can be very emotional. It creates a great atmosphere and a superb
During the play, Shakespeare uses many long and emotional speeches.
These are called soliloquies. These soliloquies communicate with the
audience sometimes creating dramatic irony. The long soliloquies also
help to further the plot and they also include emotions of the
characters and information about them. The soliloquies also differ
from speeches in that during a soliloquy, there is usually only one
character on the stage and what is being said is mainly directed
towards the audience or to themselves, where as normal speeches can be
directed to many other characters.
In my essay the three soliloquies that I will be studying from Romeo
and Juliet are from:
§ Act 2 Scene 3
§ Act 4 Scene 3
§ Act 5 Scene 3.
The first soliloquy that I am going to study is from Act 2, Scene 3.
This soliloquy take place in Friar Lawrence's cell. This is the first
time that the audience meets Friar Lawrence in the play.
Friar Lawrence's soliloquy comments on the fact that everything has
some good, and all good can be abused and turned to bad.
Friar Lawrence begins by welcoming the morning and saying good bye to
the night that has just past.
"The grey - eyed morn smiles on the frowning night, Check' ring the
eastern clouds with streaks of light;" this short passage shows that
Friar Lawrence is talking about the difference between day and night.
Friar Lawrence then talks about Mother Nature and its beauty. He
compares the natural flowers to a feeding baby, then again explaining
that all good can turn to bad. The flowers can be a vital medicine, or
can be a poison that could kill that same person. This is emphasising
on the fact that everything should be treated with respect.
In this soliloquy, there is a great deal of emotion towards the
flowers. Friar Lawrence treasures them as they bring him lots of good.
Romeo is on his way to Friar Lawrence whilst Friar Lawrence is saying
his soliloquy. Romeo wants to ask Friar Lawrence to marry Romeo to
Juliet. We soon find out that Friar Lawrence does marry them as he
thinks that it will stop the family from feuding. The audience are
happy that Romeo and Juliet are going to get married, but they are
also scared in case they get caught.
The next soliloquy I am going to study is taken form Act 4, Scene 3.
This scene takes place in Juliet's bedroom. She has told her father
that she is willing to marry Paris, but through dramatic irony we know
that she intends to fake her death and...