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Consider the dramatic impact of Act 3 Scene 5 in Shakespeare's play 'Romeo and Juliet.'

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GCSE Literature Coursework on Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'. Consider the dramatic impact of Act 3 Scene 5 in Shakespeare's play 'Romeo and Juliet.' The scene begins just after Romeo and Juliet have been married by Friar Lawrence. Romeo has just fought a duel with Tybalt (who slew Mecrutio) and emerged the victor, slaying Tybalt and being banished from Verona. This is a very important scene in the play as it is where the whole tragedy of it begins. It is a very dramatic scene as it shows development of both plot and character and uses a variety of language. It starts with Romeo leaving Juliet's room in the morning, the last time the two lovers see each other alive. In this scene we see great maturity in Juliet. She seems to have grown up several years in just a few minutes. She is so in love with Romeo that she would do anything for him. At the start of the scene, the two lovers have a playful argument about whether Rome should stay or go, trying to extend the last moments that they have together. It isn't a serious argument and Juliet soon gives in, realising what the consequences could be if Romeo remained in Verona, all she cares about is Romeo's safety and wellbeing. ...read more.


She rejects the nurse and her advice and says she will go to church to plead forgiveness. As the nurse leaves, she insults her to her back, calling her a witch. Then says that she doesn't go to church for forgiveness, but to find a solution to the whole problem, and failing that, to end her life. In my opinion, Capulet really does love Juliet, he was just in shock that what he thought was a wonderful thing had been discarded. He thought that Paris would be good to Juliet and look after her well, better than he could. He thinks Juliet more of a possession than a daughter, something that he can just give away without anyone else having a say in it. His mood sways a lot and he is extremely quick to anger which is why people seem to be slightly afraid of him as he can get violent when he is enraged. I think that he would of probably of preferred a son to a daughter, and would of treated a son with more love and attention than he gives to Juliet. Lady Capulet seems harsh and uncaring towards Juliet, but this is possibly that she is jealous of her as she is young and beautiful. She is a timid character when she is around Capulet, but when she is alone with Juliet, she seems to have a strong temper and spirit. ...read more.


He is completely disgusted with her and it shows in the way he speaks to her. When Capulet and Lady Capulet leaves, the tension lifts a little, and the whole mood brightens up a little when the nurse enters. Juliet begs her for help, but does not get the answer she wants and discards the nurse just like that. The scene finishes with Juliet's soliloquy. This shows how much she is in love with Rome, and how depressed and sad being away from him is making her. She says she is going to go to church to beg forgiveness to the nurse, but really she is going to see the Friar to see if he has a remedy to her problem. "I'll go to the friar to know his remedy. If all else fail, myself have the power to die." These are the last lines of the scene and have a massive dramatic impact on the rest of the play. It is quite ironic, the fact that she does, in the end, resort to suicide after she has seen the body of Romeo, fallen in the tomb. The soliloquy contrasts greatly with the joyful way act 3 began, the aubade full of love, tranquillity and happiness seems to have been completely forgotten in her determined mood. This is one of the most important and tense scenes in the whole play, full of drama and suspense. It is also central to how the whole play develops. ?? ?? ?? ?? - 1 - ...read more.

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