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Direct Act 3 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet from Enter Mother (Lady Capulet below) to the end of the scene.

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Rachel Wilkinson Candidate Number 1242 Ridgewood School GCSE Shakespeare Coursework Assignment Direct Act 3 Scene 5 of 'Romeo and Juliet' from Enter Mother (Lady Capulet below) to the end of the scene. Before the stage is set for Act 3 Scene 5, we watch as Romeo has shot Tybalt in his anger over Mercutio's death. In this time of rage where the lights would be dim and red, the nurse sees him and allows him over at the Capulet's for one night as it is his and Juliet's honeymoon. Of course, he has to leave as it turns morning because he has been banished from Verona to Mantua. And so after Romeo meets with Friar Lawrence, he rushes off to Juliet's bedroom. As it turns to the morning, Juliet and Romeo talk about the nightingale and the lark. The nightingale represents the night and the lark represents the day, just as the dark is bad and the light is good. In this case, however, the night is good and the day is bad, which shows a contrast to how it is normally shown. Night is represented as a good thing for Romeo and Juliet as he can stay for longer without anyone knowing that he's there, but as he's been banished, the day is represented as a bad thing. This is because he needs to be out of Verona as soon as the light shines, or else he'll be in even more trouble than already. ...read more.


Whilst Juliet was upstairs in her gorgeous bedroom with her lover Romeo sharing a romantic honeymoon together, her father was downstairs, arranging the wedding for her and Paris. He wanted Juliet to marry Paris, to gain the status of his family. This was obviously because Paris's publicity is good and if she married him then their publicity would increase also. In the years when Romeo and Juliet was set, the society was patriarchal. This meant that the males were in charge of everything in their lives, and females were seen to be inferior. Further more, the fathers were seen to be in complete control of their daughters without any say in it from any one else. This was obviously bad news for Juliet, as even though she was already married, it seemed as though she would have to be married to Count Paris without turning down the offer. After finding out about her arranged marriage to Count Paris, Juliet begins to argue with her mother. She forwards lines such as "He shall not make me there a joyful bride, I wonder at this haste, that i must wed", along with "I pray you tell my lord and my father, madam, I will not marry yet, and when I do, I swear It shall be Romeo, whom you know i hate, Rather than Paris." The second line shows that she is quite indefinite towards the fact that she will not marry Paris, and it also shows irony to the fact that she is married to Romeo already and does not hate him. ...read more.


Although she's shown as rebellious, she liked Romeo before she found out that he was a Montigue, which shows that she's not actually trying to be, but she is. During this scene Capulet becomes angry, and it shows in a few lines. His threatening tone towards Juliet is shown by the lines "My fingers itch" and "soft take me with you wife". The soft tone in his voice, which he uses to comfort her, is replaced with selfishness and the feeling of flabbergasteredness. His flabbergasteredness is shown when he asks Lady Capulet "How will she none?" He later imitates Juliet's voice to insult her. His voice rises to a whiny, high pitched stupid little girl's voice, which shows that he only thinks of her as a little girl at the time being. As Capulet being even angrier, growling softly with his voice, Juliet tries to manipulate him by kneeling down and begging to him. She seems weak on the outside but on the inside she is scheming a plan and also manipulative to try and get her own way with things. After Capulet leaves the room, restraining from hitting Juliet but frustrated with how angry he is, the lights on stage go dim and red. This is to represent the anger, but to show that as he's left it's not really there as much. Juliet seeks help in what to do from the Nurse, but she walks away as she can't help. She knows that Romeo killed Tybalt and so she doesn't want to help as revenge. ...read more.

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