Romeo And Juliet Act 3 Scene 5

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Our group omitted Scene 5 from our performance of Act 3 because it consists of solely comedic relief through Lancelet’s jokes and does not contribute anything critical to the plot. We viewed this scene as a simplistic plot device to incorporate comedy, but it was not executed to an extent that merited inclusion in the performance.
The shortcomings of the act are that there are a lot of repetitive lines and unnecessary filler texts, such as in 3.3 Shylock continuously states, “I will have my bond.” This repetitiveness also took away from the play’s overall quality since by the time he got to the next plot line, the reader was no longer intrigued with what was happening in the play. The act’s unnecessarily long speeches, such as when Portia and Bassanio are talking in 3.2, also detract from the play’s merit. Portia continuously makes remarks such as, “myself, and what is mine, to you and yours is now converted” (Shakespeare 3.2.170). A scene assumed to be deeply romantic ended up exaggerated and portrayed their love as almost superficial it's unnecessary amounts of flattery; this interaction detracts from the viewer's’ appreciation of Portia and Bassanio’s love. Additionally, several of the
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He chooses the modest casket, claiming “Thy paleness moves me more than eloquence, And here choose I” (3.2.109,10). Portia finally gains a deserving, respectful husband and Bassanio’s objective of gaining her affection is fulfilled, setting to rest one of the initial plotlines. Now that Portia and Bassanio are together as a couple, Bassanio also attains a means of paying of his debt, thus solving the question of how he would rid himself of his massive loans. Overall, by picking the lead casket with Portia’s portrait and the scroll, Bassanio obtains Portia’s longly desired affection and a means of paying his debt while Portia secures a worthy, modest
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