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Consider the Dramatic Importance of Act 3 Scene V of Romeo and Juliet

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Consider the Dramatic Importance of Act 3 Scene V of "Romeo and Juliet" In this scene Romeo meets Juliet in her bedroom and they consume their relationship. After that the nurse knocks on the door so Romeo has to hide. The Nurse comes and warns Juliet that her mother is coming. Then Lady Capulet comes in and thinks that Juliet is sad and downhearted because of Tybalt's death. Juliet also pretends that she wants to kill Romeo because she can't admit to her mother that she has married him. Then the Capulet comes into the room as well and starts telling Juliet how vitally important is for her to get married to Paris. The whole scene occurs just after Romeo and Juliet married. Only the Nurse knows about the secret marriage from all of the Capulet's. This is important to the play because the Nurse has taken the role of Juliet's mother and Juliet confides everything with her instead of Lady Capulet. This scene relies for its dramatic impact partly on the fact that some people know certain things that must be hidden form other people. For example the only people that know about the wedding of Romeo and Juliet are Friar Lawrence and the Nurse. ...read more.


In my opinion this is done because in the Elizabethan period people used to live to a much lower age than people do nowadays and a mature person was considered in the age group of thirteen to fourteen. Also people used to get married at the age that Juliet is in the play. We also see another side of Juliet's parents and the Nurse in this scene. Previously Lord Capulet has been against young marriage and for his daughter to get married, but things quickly change as Paris appears. Because Paris is the perfect boy for in his views, Lord Capulet will want to marry his daughter to him because he sees benefits form this marriage for the whole family and also it is the perfect husband for Juliet. Form this, the audience can judge the character and realise that Lord Capulet doesn't actually care about how happy his daughter is. Lady Capulet also fails her daughter. She is supporting her husband in terms of making Juliet marry Paris and although Lady Capulet used to listen to what her daughter actually wanted now this has totally changed. "Marry, my child, early next Thursday morn,The gallant, young and noble gentleman,". ...read more.


The audience might be surprised at the Nurse's attitude because of her close relationship with Juliet, but she is a servant and therefore no matter how close and important she is to Juliet, she still has a relatively low position in the household, and the fact that she relies on Lord Capulet for her employment makes her even more dependant to Lady and Lord Capulet for her employment. Overall this is one of the most dramatically important scenes in the play because form here the play significantly changes and Juliet's position changes as well. The scene is also significant because it sets out the basics for the rest of the play as Juliet doesn't want to marry Paris and Friar Lawrence gives her a potion so that she could pretend she is dead. At the start of Scene V the mood is romantic as the audience meets Romeo and Juliet in their first night together after marriage, but by the end of the scene the audience starts to sense the anger and betrayal that some of the characters show. From now on till the rest of the play Juliet can no longer rely on any help or support from her household and also what makes it even worse for her is that Romeo has been banished. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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