Juliet Audition Speech: O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?

Once again her voice would turn panicky as she wonders about the Friars motives, but would calm down as she realises he is a holy man, and could do no wrong. From this point the speech takes a strange twist, with Juliet thinking she's in the Capulet tomb. Here her voice would be chopping and changing very quickly as different emotions run through her. As with her mood and tone of voice, the pace of which Juliet speaks will change regularly. I would expect when Juliet asks a question "Shall I be married ..." she would blurt it out, rushing the words. Then she would pause for a second, and answer the question slowly and calmly. "No, no! This shall forbid it" I believe this would happen because when she asks the question she is scared of what the answer will be, but after she's thought about it and realises the answer isn't as frightening as she first thought, she is able to answer calmly. Shakespeare uses many methods to emphesise certain parts of the speech, and uses carefully chosen words to appeal to our different senses "I have a faint cold fear thrill through my veins That almost freezes up the heat of life." Here Shakespeare uses alliteration with the constatnt repetition of 'breathy' th and f sounds. The next thing that stands out is the two syllable line "Come, vial." This sticks out because it doesn't comply with Shakespeare's 10 syllables per-line rule, which he adopts for the whole play. It was clearly meant to be noticed.

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And I agree. If I were the writer of the original Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare text; at some point in my round of edits I would have to cut Mercutio’s Queen Mab speech. That is, if I was editing for economy as is usually the case in contemporary musicals. I would have to ask myself the question: “Does the story change at all if I cut this section?” If the answer is no, as I feel it is in this case, then it has to be cut. Most of you will recognize that as the “kill your darlings” phase of screenplay editing.

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