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In act 3 scene 5 Juliet finds herself in terrible predicament. Her father insists that she marry Paris but she is already secretly married to Romeo. Examine the ways in which Shakespeare makes us sympathies with Juliet.

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In act 3 scene 5 Juliet finds herself in terrible predicament. Her father insists that she marry Paris but she is already secretly married to Romeo. Examine the ways in which Shakespeare makes us sympathies with Juliet. The play begins when we find out that Romeo is madly in love with Rosaline however the love is unrequited. Also Juliet's father decides to hold a masquerade ball in which Romeo and Benevolio attend .This is where Romeo and Juliet first meet and have their first kiss forgetting about Rosaline . In there second meeting Romeo and Juliet decide to marry. Once married in Act 3 Mercutio is killed by Tybalt ,Juliet's cousin and so Romeo kills Tybalt.Romeo is banished from Verona never to be able to see Juliet again. After this Juliet is being forced to marry Paris a nobles man by her father where he is very forceful. Shakespeare shows depth and commitment of the lovers and their worries for the future by first introducing the concept of time and how little there is for them as Juliet says "It was the nightingale not the lark" .She says this because she want Romeo to stay with her for longer as the nightingale represents the night. Romeo replies "It was the lark, the herald the morn". As the lark is the representation of the day. Romeo also so says that "Come death, and welcome Juliet wills it so" . This explains to Juliet that if he stay any longer he will die even though death would be a perfect prize to spend a few moments with his fair Juliet. However Juliet's finally acknowledges the fact that it is day and the departing is speeded up by the stage directions Enter Nurse hastily. ...read more.

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We are made aware of her feelings towards Juliet , because when her father is verbally abusing Juliet, she defends her by saying "God in heaven bless her! You are to blame, my lord to rate her so". However the reader is surprised by what advice she gives to Juliet; "I think it is best you married with the County,O he's a lovely gentleman". I think this advice given to Juliet after the feud with her father is because she wants peace. Overall I feel that the nurses advice for Juliet is not the one she hoped for. So the reader is further manipulated in to feeling rueful towards Juliet as know she has no one to turn to. In the way that Juliet responds to her parents and the nurse at the end of the scene we see a change in her character too. She is no longer a sweet thirteen year old as she becomes defiant and unwilling to marry. She says to the nurse "Well though has comforted me marvelous much./Go in tell my lady I am gone, having displeased my father, to Lawrence' cell" .In this quote the first line contains alliteration that adds to the sarcasm in the text. At the end of the scene we feel that Juliet will no longer take it anymore and she is quickly maturing in to a woman. Therefore we are made apparent of the fact that in the Elizabethan times the daughter was seen as the property of her father. As result it seems that you had a better life if you where male. The scene also emphasizes role of a mother and daughter as in the scene there is hardly any love between the two and it was more of a burden if you had a daughter. ...read more.

Conclusion

Also there is a difference in clothing as in the older version the Capluets are wearing black to show that they are grieving for Tybalts death. However both movies contain the same type of actions and the acting is similar .The older version of the movies scene in my opinion helped me have a greater insight towards Act 3 Scene 5 . This is because the props that where used seemed more similar to what they would have in Shakespeare's time. To conclude I have realized throughout this scene Shakespeare cleverly uses many different effects to create and manipulate our sympathy towards Romeo and Juliet. As the scene progresses it really captures the characterizations of each character, such as Juliet who seems so innocent and pure in contrast to her father who can be forceful and vindictive. In addition I have also analyzed the different methods Shakespeare uses to create effect such as using double meanings and dramatic irony and alliteration. I think that Shakespeare is successful in conveying and outlining the couples problems effectively, because he manages to gain our sympathy for the couple ,but also Juliet as an individual as this scene is mainly based around her. Therefore I think this scene was a good chance to study her characteristics. I think that this scene can be relevant to modern day life because many children are put under pressure by there parents ,and therefore this upset the child making them rebel, can be a mirror image of what happens and how someone can react if forced to do something against their will. I also think that when Shakespeare first wrote about this scene he to may have based his decisions on real life . Therefore I assume that similar situations must occur in modern day life. ...read more.

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