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Act III scene ii of Romeo and Juliet

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Act III scene ii In this scene Juliet starts in her soliloquy about how excited she is to be able to spend the night with Romeo. However when the Nurse comes in, she becomes confused and eventually she works out that her cousin Tybalt has been killed. She is also saddened in this scene because the Nurse tells her how Romeo is the one that killed Tybalt, and now he has been banished so she may never see him again. When we first enter the scene Juliet is very excited about spending the night with Romeo. ' Bring in cloudy night immediately' shows how she wants night to come in so Romeo will arrive and they can consummate their marriage. Juliet also uses commands like ' Gallop apace' and' come night, come Romeo' shows how she is ver confident and not nervous about loosing her virginity. This also shows how strong their love is and if it was an adolescent crush then she would be scared and worried not wanting it to be here and being excited about it.' ...read more.


It isn't until later in the scene that we find out in a simple form what the Nurse is trying to say. Before this however Juliet goes through the motions of thinking that Romeo is dead so she is saddened 'if he be slain, say 'ay'; or if not, 'no'. Brief sounds determine my weal or woe'. This shows Juliet's anguish because she cannot believe that Romeo is dead, but if he is then she herself is destroyed and she can never be herself again without Romeo as her husband. In this part of the scene the Nurse also shows her straight-forward and open character by describing the scene ' a piteous corpse...pale as ashes... All in gore-blood' this makes Juliet believe even more that Romeo is dead as the nurse has surely seen his body, from her vivid description. The Nurse then says that Tybalt is dead before revealing the truth. When the Nurse tells Juliet the truth, she is partly relieved but has mixed emotions. ...read more.


'That 'banished', that one word 'banished' hath slain ten thousand Tybalts.' Shows how important Romeo is to her and that the fact that Romeo has been banished and that she may not see him again is far more important than lots of her cousins being killed. Shows how Juliet's emotions are again changing as she slowly realises what Romeo's banishment means. In this scene Shakespeare uses different imagery to describe Juliet's emotions at different times. 'Hood my unmanned blood bating in my cheeks, with thy black mantle'. Shows how she is unmanned (still a virgin) and needs training and she is 'bated' or very excited until Romeo 'hood's' her and then she will be manned as she will have lost her virginity. When Juliet becomes confused Shakespeare uses a variety of the same sounding words , 'I' 'Ay', 'eye'.In this part Juliet is exclaiming that if it is true 'ay' that Romeo is dead then she will be killed by the look 'eye' of a cockatrice, and that she won't be able to live without him. By Kate Allam Yr 10 Romeo and Juliet ...read more.

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