Patriarchal Power (Romeo and Juliet)

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Unit 3A Drama Explore the ways in which Shakespeare presents patriarchal power in Romeo and Juliet, focusing on Act 3 Scene 5. In your response remember to explore these following techniques and their effects on the audience. English CA Drama Romeo & Juliet In this essay I will explore the ways in which Shakespeare presents patriarchal power in Romeo and Juliet, focusing on Act 3 Scene 5. Shakespeare uses many techniques to show the patriarchal power in Act 3 Scene 5 such as language and imagery, structure and dramatic techniques. Shakespeare uses language and imagery throughout Act 3 Scene 5, Use of titles, Shakespeare presents patriarchal power in the technique ‘use of titles’ by showing the way Juliet addresses her mother and father, she says “it is my lady mother.” and “my lord and father.” This shows the respect she gives to her mother and father and that they have a higher status then her. Then Shakespeare presents the patriarchal power the parents have over her, they address Juliet as, “tell thee joyful tidings girl.” Shakespeare has used this technique to show the audience the power they have over Juliet, they also call her girl. Oxymoronic language, Shakespeare presents patriarchal power in the technique ‘oxymoron’ to emphasise or to bring two contradictory things together. “Day, night, work, play, alone, in company” Shakespeare uses this oxymoronic term to emphasise and exaggerate the fury of Lord Capulet and to let the audience know the horror of a daughter defying a father at that time. Alliteration, Shakespeare presents patriarchal power in the technique ‘alliteration’ to exaggerate Lord Capulet’s anger over Juliet and to show negativity. “Fettle your fine joints.” Shakespeare uses this technique to repeat the ‘f’ sound to show and harsh language and negativity. Also to show the audience how terrible it is for Juliet to challenge her fathers
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