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A Detailed Consideration of Act3 Scene 5 in 'Romeo and Juliet'.

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Shakespeare Coursework A Detailed Consideration of Act3 Scene 5 in 'Romeo and Juliet' This scene is in fact the last time that Romeo and Juliet meet and talk. It is an important scene, which highlights a number of key issues and themes in the play. The scene begins at dawn on Tuesday morning in Juliet's bedroom after the nuptial night. The lovers are having a playful argument about whether or not it is dawn, and time for Romeo to flee to Mantua. The Montague and Capulet battles were getting out of hand and the Prince of Verona, Escalus, stated that if there were another brawl between the two households the punishment would be the execution of either Montague or Capulet. Tybalt, a Capulet, murdered Mercutio, Romeo's best friend; therefore Romeo was extremely angry and sought revenge. He chased after Tybalt and gained his revenge by killing him. Prince Escalus hears of this news and instead of sentencing a Montague to death he banishes Romeo to Mantua. The language used in the conversation, between Romeo and Juliet, is very romantic, for instance when Juliet says 'It is not yet near day. It was the nightingale, and not the lark...' ...read more.


Lady Capulet then enters the room and observes Juliet weeping. Lady Capulet thinks that these tears are for the death of her cousin, Tybalt. This dialogue between the two is ambiguous in many ways. Juliet is actually weeping over the fact that Romeo has been banished. Lady Capulet describes Romeo as a 'villain' and then Juliet says, aside, to herself '...God pardon him; I do with all my heart; ...' Juliet then agrees with her mother but secretly she doesn't. A example of this ambiguity is ' Indeed I never shall be satisfied with Romeo, till I behold him-dead-is my poor heart so for a kinsman vexed' Lady Capulet takes Juliet to mean: 'I never shall be satisfied with Romeo till I behold him dead. My poor heart is vexed for a kinsman (Tybalt).' What she actually means is: 'I never shall be satisfied with Romeo till I behold him. My poor heart is so vexed for a kinsman (Romeo) that is dead.' Of course Romeo is now a kinsman to the Capulet's because he married Juliet but Lady Capulet doesn't know this so she doesn't suspect that Juliet can be meaning something else. In the original quote there is a hyphen, which signifies a pause. ...read more.


His word was taken without question. There was a very rigid social hierarchy. Women didn't really carry much status in society. Capulet wanted Juliet to marry Paris because he was kinsman to Prince Escalus and therefore had power and money. Capulet can be a very violent man. An example of this is when he is shouting at Juliet when she refuses to marry Paris. 'Out you green-sickness carrion, out you baggage, you tallow face!' When Capulet tells the nurse 'peace you mumbling fool...' he is correct because earlier on before actually speaking to Capulet she says 'God in heaven bless her.' She was mumbling to herself and God so therefore Capulet is correct. Capulet threatens to disown and throw Juliet out if she defies him. 'Hang thee young baggage disobedient wretch! I tell thee what, get thee to the church on Thursday, or never after look me in the face' The nurse advises Juliet to forget about Romeo and to marry Paris as her parents wish. Juliet says that she accepts the advice but after the nurse has gone expresses her true feelings about the nurse's treachery. Overall I found that Romeo and Juliet was an excellent play, which was written with deep emotion. During the play you experience many different feelings of hatred, love and sadness. It's a thrilling story that captures the reader's thoughts and shows how sometimes children can be more mature than adults. ...read more.

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