How Does Shakespeare Create a Dramatic Conclusion in Act 5, Scene 3 of Romeo and Juliet?

Topics: Romeo and Juliet, Romeo Montague, Characters in Romeo and Juliet Pages: 2 (794 words) Published: March 4, 2012
Previously in Romeo in Juliet we discover that they are from two warring families. Juliet is a Capulet and Romeo is a Montague. They meet fall in love and get married without anyone knowing. Juliet’s cousin, Tybalt kills Romeos best friend, Mercutio. Romeo then kills Tybalt and gets banished. Juliet’s father then tries to force her to marry Paris so she fakes her death. Romeo hears that Juliet is dead and returns to Verona.

The audience are drawn to the last scene because of the dramatic irony, the audience are aware that Juliet isn’t dead whereas the characters all believe she is dead. ‘To Juliet’s grave,’ this shows that Romeo believes she is dead and is going to visit the tomb. The audience are drawn into it because the words he uses in that line suggest he is going to do something when he gets to Juliet.

The scene is set in the Capulet tomb, also where Tybalt is buried. This adds tension because the time the play is set people were very superstitious and believed in fate, ghosts and spirits. The Pages line ‘I am almost afraid to stand alone, here in the churchyard.’ Adds to the scary atmosphere because he is afraid of what he could find. This is also building up to what happens later in the scene with the idea of death.

Romeos speech to Balthasar is important because Romeo is about to kill himself. ‘If thou, jealous dost return to pry by heaven, I will tear thee joint by joint’ this adds to the fear of this scene as he is threatening Balthasar. This also shows he is about to do something stupid as he doesn’t want anyone there to stop him.

In the first half of Romeos soliloquy there are a lot of question marks these are showing that Romeo doesn’t know what to do, a bit unstable and confused. It is suggesting that he is a bit insecure and mentally unstable.

In the second half of his soliloquy there are less question marks, this is suggesting that he is now sure of what he thinks he has to do and knows that he is going to kill himself and is...
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