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Act 3 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet

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Act 3 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet "Wilt thou be gone?" are Juliet's opening words of Act 3, Scene 5 of William Shakespeare's most well-known tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. This significant phrase is put forward to us, and though his works are famously interpreted in many different ways, we know that from hereafter, fate unfolds to reveal that this pair of "star-cross'd lovers" will never meet again. This is the pivotal scene, where everything takes a turn for the worse, and the once flamboyant and dream-like play really begins to spiral downwards into tragedy. Within this important scene, we also see how rapidly moods and tension can change. Romeo and Juliet is arguably one of Shakespeare's most famous plays, where we see how the power and passion of love and hate affects a seventeenth century society. In this play, we see how Shakespeare makes two teenage lovers and the domestic quarrels that surrounded them the focus for tragedy. In doing so, he explores the relationships of family members, desire, secret marriage, loyalty, freedom, violence, ritual, and the role of servants and clerics. This is particularly well demonstrated to us in Act 3 scene 5, where we see how dynamic Juliet's relationship is with each of her relations, and the contrasts within each character's opinionated views for her marriage and freedom. Just before this scene, Romeo has revengefully killed Tybalt (Juliet's cousin) because of Mercutio's murder by him after Capulet's feast. Again we see that this is a very important scene in the play because the consequences to follow will be significant, and what now has happened cannot be reversed. From this scene onwards, the explanation of Romeo and Juliet's fate in the prologue takes place. In this scene Romeo and Juliet's love for one another is shown, along with their urgent yet reluctant farewell to one another. There are then great tensions between Juliet and her parents over the news of Juliet's arranged marriage with Paris, and the Nurse's unfaithfulness towards Juliet. ...read more.

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There is an overall significant change in the mood of the scene, and to convey this, I will use a device called pathetic fallacy - where the weather represents the mood on scene. It will start to rain at this point, and the once clear blue sky will now be a darkened grey, giving Juliet's bedroom a dull light. This will also suggest to the audience that what is to follow may be negative. I will have Juliet wear a gown when she hears of the news that her mother is coming to show that she still respects her mother, no matter how much she loves Romeo. To emphasise this respect, her character will stand up straight when her mother comes in. Juliet is now feeling very upset that Romeo has gone, we see this when she tells her mother she is feeling so - "Madam, I am not well." However the whole conversation with her mother is full of double meanings, so her mother never finds out that Juliet is upset about Romeo, and thinks that she is upset over the death of her cousin Tybalt. This whole issue reveals to us how the relationship between Juliet and her mother is not close and motherly, therefore reflects the dramatic clash of different perspectives of love and individual freedom. At this point Juliet does not feel much towards her mother, as she has never been much of an influence on her. Right now, we see all that is on her mind is Romeo's exit- "Feeling so the loss, I cannot choose but ever weep the friend." As well as showing us that all she is thinking about is Romeo, this is also cleverly put forward to us and Lady Capulet as a phrase with a double-meaning. We see that Lady Capulet obviously does not know her daughter well enough when she assumes it is Tybalt she is weeping over. ...read more.

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The use of the exclamation mark shows us how much she wants to convince Juliet to take her advice. It is unexpected that the Nurse has this view for Juliet and it shows to us the dramatic clash of different perspectives between the Nurse and Juliet. Once Juliet has heard what the Nurse has to say, she is very surprised, and we see her mood change again. She is reluctant to stay with her, seeing as her once loyal and comforting nurse has betrayed her. She again starts to feel angry. We see that she no longer wants to be with her, when she just leaves it by saying "Amen." The equivalent of this in our day would be 'fine' so we can see how she decides to leave the nurse now, and doesn't care at all what she says, which shows us her true love for Romeo. To show this, I would have Juliet come away from the Nurses arms and face her back towards her, looking out of the window at the heavily raining, stormy weather. Once the nurse leaves, we see Juliet's complete anger at her - she insults her "ancient damnation! O most wicked fiend!" The repeated use of exclamation marks also establishes her anger. I would have a long shot of Juliet looking out of the window here to show her isolation and loneliness. When she is talking, her character would be looking at the sky, to show that she is pleading to God, to show that that is all she has left. Her decision to seek help from Friar Lawrence is significant because it shows us he is the last hope Juliet has, she continues to say that "if all else fail, myself have power to die." This very importantly highlights to us how fate is unfolding, the death of Juliet is suddenly put forward to us. This is the last line of the scene, so the thought remains stays in our minds. ?? ?? ?? ?? Melissa Nia 11N - 1 - English Coursework Ms. Blair ...read more.

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