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By referring in detail in Romeo and Juliet to Act 3 Scene 5; describe Juliet's changing emotions in this scene.

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Essay question: Be referring in detail to Act 3 Scene 5; describe Juliet's changing emotions in this scene. In Act 3, Scene 5, of 'Romeo and Juliet' William Shakespeare places emphasis on Juliet's changing emotions. Juliet is passionate yet distressed with Romeo, equivocal and insolent with Lady Capulet, despondent and desperate with Capulet and disloyal to the Nurse. William Shakespeare utilizes diction, dramatic irony, rhetorical questions and connotations to portray Juliet's emotions as well as creating tension. The theme of loyalty is emphasized heavily in Act 3 Scene 5, as Juliet's emotions change, so do her loyalties. Juliet feels passionate and distressed when she is with Romeo; this is presented by diction and dramatic irony. Her passionate feelings for Romeo cause her to convince him that "it was the nightingale and not the lark". By trying to convince Romeo to stay, she is selfish in risking his life, depicting her passion for him. As she convinces him that it is the "nightingale and not the lark" she soon realizes that it is in fact - morning. ...read more.

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Her loyalties lie with Romeo rather than her mother which is seen in the diction. Her wit and intelligence is revealed as she becomes ambiguous, insulting her mother without her mother realizing it. She 'shall never be satisfied with Romeo until I behold him -dead- is my poor heart for a kinsman ". The word 'satisfied' depicts that she will only be satisfied until she is with Romeo, exemplifying her true loyalties. The hyphens on either side of "dead" imply that it can be perceived both ways; Juliet will never be satisfied with Romeo until he is dead, her heart is aggravated for Tybalt or Juliet will never be satisfied with Romeo until she is with him, dead is her heart for Tybalt. Lady Capulet believes the first interpretation while Juliet means the other. Juliet loses her ambiguity and becomes impertinent as she refuses "by Saint Peter's church...he shall not make me there a joyful bride." Saint Peter is the Saint that determines who goes to heaven or hell, Juliet will go to hell if she commits bigamy. ...read more.

Conclusion

The action creates a contrast between the powerful father and merciful daughter, another typical image in Elizabethan times - nevertheless Juliet searches for a "remedy". Juliet's despondent feelings create tension as her ominous feelings make the audience wonder what will happen next. Juliet feels despondent after talking to Capulet so she turns to the Nurse for comfort, but ends up feeling betrayed. Juliet uses negative connotations towards the Nurse who "knows her age unto an hour". The nurse believes that "this second match excels your first" infuriating Juliet as she is fully committed to Romeo. She calls her a "wicked fiend" and "ancient damnation". Juliet decides to ignore the person she is closest to, demonstrating complete loyalty to Romeo. She is serious when saying "if all else fail, myself have power to die" which establishes tension as the audience awaits Friar Lawrence's verdict. Juliet feels deceived and baffled at the Nurse's response but remains loyal to her husband. William Shakespeare's Act 3 Scene 5 display Juliet's large assortment of emotions and the effect it has on the audience. The diction, dramatic irony, rhetorical questions and connotations reveal Juliet's feelings of passion, distress, equivocacy, despair and betrayal. The scene is a turning point for Juliet's loyalties as well as the plot. ...read more.

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