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Act 3, Scene 5 of Romeo & Juliet.

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Introduction

In this piece of coursework I am studying Act 3, Scene 5 of Romeo & Juliet, which is an intense and very detailed, emotional play wrote by William Shakespeare. Juliet is feeling rather confused and defeated because her husband, Romeo has left to Mantua. They had been married for less than twenty-four hours, before Romeo had got banished after killing Tybalt, Juliet's cousin. Juliet is very emotional at this time and Lady Capulet knows that Romeo is guilty and she threatens to poison him. Lady Capulet is yet to know that Romeo is married to Juliet, never mind knowing about him killing Tybalt. Juliet is yet to know that there has been a marriage arranged for her and Paris next Thursday morning. Lady Capulet is then astonished that she hears Juliet saying it will be a refusal rather than an acceptance. Capulet then enters the fray hearing about Juliet's refusal. When Capulet hears the news, he goes dead silent and stunned at what he has just heard, until he starts ranting and raving towards Juliet's direction. ...read more.

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this is a favour, but he doesn't realise how much his daughter will resent him for doing this; Juliet wants Romeo, not Paris. When Juliet founds about this she is upset but doesn't realise the importance of it and a quote from the play of what she said to Capulet is 'I will not marry yet. And when I do, I swear It shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate,Rather than Paris' Lady Capulet is feeling really upset and miserable about what Juliet said when she said that she would rather marry Romeo than Paris, Lady Capulet feels that Romeo is no good for her daughter and especially after what in her eyes he did to Tybalt. Capulet enters the scene seeing Juliet upset, he says'Thou counterfeits a bark, a sea, a wind.For still thy eyes, which I may call the sea,Do ebb and flow with tears. The bark thy body is' He is comparing Juliet's emotion to that of a ship rocking through the ocean. This is a really effective part of Capulet's language, it tells the audience of how caring he can really be towards his daughter. ...read more.

Conclusion

The part of the play where Lady Capulet and Capulet arrange the marriage of Juliet and Paris behind Juliet's back is really evil. I think that Juliet was right to have a go at her parents because when anything is done behind your back it gets you very annoyed and you feel very betrayed. These examples that I have given are the main themes and issues that happen in this scene. Conclusion I think that Act 3, Scene 5 is a very good scene in the play and one of the most important scenes out of the whole lot of them. It shows ever so much detail and emotion between the families and shows how some people really are and who they really care about. It also gives us further evidence of how strong Juliet feels for Romeo and how much she misses him now that he as gone. It is also very interesting in the way how it shows the changes in attitude and character of characters such as Capulet and Nurse. Before this scene they were seen as nice and caring people who worshipped Juliet but in this scene they turn into more selfish and self intrigued characters. ...read more.

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