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Discuss the characters attitudes towards love and arranged marriages in 'Romeo and Juliet' focus on Act 3 Scene 5 and analyse how the actors playing these roles should perform them.

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Discuss the characters attitudes towards love and arranged marriages in 'Romeo and Juliet' focus on Act 3 Scene 5 and analyse how the actors playing these roles should perform them. I am going examine and discuss the characters attitudes towards love and arranged marriages in Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'. In the 15th century in Verona, Italy where 'Romeo and Juliet' is supposed to have been set, the attitudes to arranged marriages, where that it was the normal and it was performed to maintain social classes. The plot of this story is around a family feud between the Capulet family and the Montague family. These families have a daughter and a son these two youngsters fall in love at first sight and marry; they are then split up by a murder that takes place and eventually kill themselves, they decide that if they can't be together in life they will be in death, it is unnecessary however and they could have been together in life. This is a story of tragedy and whirlwind romance against the odds of family disapproval. Throughout the play the attitudes of the character to arranged marriages change. At the beginning of the play in Act 1 Scene 2 Paris asks Lord Capulet for Juliet's hand in marriage, at this time Lord Capulet is resistant and doesn't think his daughter is ready he tells Paris to wait two summers (2 years). Capulet is concerned about Juliet and doesn't want her to be unhappy and doesn't want her to marry to early, as her mother had, "and too soon married are those so early made" meaning the marriage is spoilt, he is reflecting on his personal experience and his own arranged marriage. He sets up the masked ball so that Juliet and Paris can get to know each other. By Act 3 Scene 4 Paris and Capulet are discussing the marriage again. ...read more.

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Lady Capulet wants to stay out of the whole situation of the marriage, perhaps because of her own or she doesn't want to take sides between her daughter and her husband, she also can't take sides in these times she couldn't disobey her husband. Lady Capulet basically says well there is no good telling me tell your father "tell him so yourself". Capulet enters with the nurse, who would be standing behind him at his shoulder obeying and escorting her master. I believe the actor would be a tall man and would have good posture he would also have a big smile across his face because he will be very pleased with himself and knows that his daughter has just got the news of his great kindness and caring. However he sees his daughter crying and come to the same assumption as his wife, that Juliet is crying because of the death of Tybalt because he too has no clue that Juliet has married the enemy and has just spent the night with him. The first lines by Capulet I think would have been delivered with power but yet comforting towards his daughter and the line "have you delivered to her our decree?" would have been said in an excitable tone because he is talking about the wedding that he has arranged, and I believe he will feel that he has made a very kind gesture. Lady Capulet's next line after her husbands opening, I believe will be delivered in a nervous tone of voice, she is preparing herself for the reaction to the disobedience and knows that her husband is not a man who is challenged or used to people telling him no. Capulet will reply to his wife's news of his daughter's displeasure with him with a firm commanding almost disbelieving tone, he is almost in shock he is not used to this at all. ...read more.

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The nurse leaves looking confused and worried. She does as she is told though and heads to tell Lady and Lord Capulet. The final speech from Juliet has a purpose to send a chill up your spine and is delivered to the audience alone and is a small soliloquy. This speech informs the audience that she is going to go to the Friar Lawrence and find a way to kill herself because that is her only option. In the 1500s-1600s, Shakespeare's time the audiences would have felt a sympathy towards the Lord Capulet and would have thought of Juliet as a trouble making disobedient wretch as the Lord did, they would expect her to do as she is told. The audiences of today would despise Lord Capulet and think good for Juliet for standing up for herself and feel that Juliet is doing the right thing, they would also maybe want Juliet to stand up for herself even more than she does. They now would also think very poorly of Lady Capulet and ask themselves why doesn't she say something. Disowning your daughter back then was the ultimate insult and disapproval of an action these days this doesn't happen and if it does it isn't to the degree it was back then. Also there is no Nurses in modern times except with some rich families and then they are nannies who are around up to a age of 8 at maximum and this would be highly irregular for a family in modern times to have a nanny for a girl of 14-15. Arranged marriages are still very common within the Asian countries of the world and within some Asian communities in this country; these would receive the same disapproval if not respected maybe not quite as extreme however on the whole. Romeo and Juliet is still a popular and widely known play today and this is because it is relatable within many parts of today's society today in things such as love are never going to change. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sam Willgoss English Coursework Page 1 ...read more.

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