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Act III Scene V - This is a very important scene. Select and comment on key moments for the audience in this scene. What are some of the differences in attitudes between then and now?

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Act III Scene V This is a very important scene. Select and comment on key moments for the audience in this scene. What are some of the differences in attitudes between then and now? Romeo and Juliet are waking up together after there first night of being man and wife. The beginning of this scene is very important because it shows the readers how much Romeo and Juliet actually love each other, they do not want to sep. Juliet begins by suggesting that they have been awakened by the nightingale and therefore it must still be night: "Believe me love, it was the nightingale." However Romeo introduces an element of tension, which alerts the audience to the precariousness of their situation. This is shown when Romeo says "I must be gone and live, or stay and die." Romeo's use of the word "die" emphasises for the audience the danger that he is in. Juliet persists that the morning has not yet arrived and so Romeo should not be in a hurry to leave yet: "Yon light is not daylight, I know it, I." Romeo responds in a content manor, he says "I am content, so thou wilt have it so ... ...read more.


The romance is gone and the mood which Lady Capulet perceives as Juliet's grief for her cousin Tybalt is really her sadness of Romeo leaving. The audience is shown the miss-conception of Lady Capulet when Juliet plays on words and makes it seem like she wants to kill Romeo as revenge for her cousins death, but I think when she says "Ay Madam, from the reach of these hands" she really means that she wants to be with him than to kill him which is what she intends Lady Capulet to understand. The audience now know what Juliet is feeling, but they also know what Lady Capulet is there to do. She is there to deliver the news of the proposed marriage of her daughter and the County Paris next Thursday morning. They are led to wonder how Juliet will take the news, and what she will decide to do. If she will decline and tell her mother she will not marry, hiding the fact that she is already married to Romeo, or accept and go ahead and marry Paris without any hesitation. Lady Capulet reveals she has good news "I'll tell thee joyful tidings girl." She then tells Juliet that her father has arranged for her to marry Paris (lines 112-115) ...read more.


I have picked out and described the main key moments in this scene and described them in relation to the reaction of the audience. I believe that the first key scene where Romeo and Juliet are in the bed talking to each other is important because it shows the audience the depth of the love they both have for one another. Shakespeare could have just started the scene with the two saying brief words before Romeo departs, but instead he uses his time to show what is felt between them. The second key moment is where Lady Capulet enters Juliet's room and sees that Juliet is in distress. I believe that this is an important moment for the audience because it shows that Juliet has decided to keep her marriage to Romeo a secret and by introducing the play on words with Romeo, revenge and love shows how Juliet deals with this secret. The last key moment that I have picked out in this scene is where the Lord Capulet shows his disgrace for the disobedience of his daughter. I believe that this shows the character of Lord Capulet. I think it shows how strong Lord Capulet is in the Capulet family and how offended he is when defied. It also shows the difference between opinions of society of arranged marriages in Elizabethan times compared with modern day. ...read more.

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