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Discuss the importance of Act 3, Scene 5 with particular reference to the characters of Juliet and lord Capulet.

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G.C.S.E. English Literature Assignment Assignment: Discuss the importance of Act 3, Scene 5 with particular reference to the characters of Juliet and lord Capulet. Romeo and Juliet is a romance/tragedy by William Shakespeare set in the Italian post medieval city of Verona based on two lovers named Romeo (from the house of Montague) and Juliet (from the house of Capulet) who are hampered by their families hate for each other and are forced to death because of their families' conflict. This play brings up key themes hate and love throughout the play. This essay will discuss the importance of Act 3, Scene 5 to the story of 'Romeo and Juliet', it will give historical views at the time 'Romeo and Juliet' was made and will also discuss the creation of characters that appear in the scene. Act 3, Scene 5 starts with Romeo and Juliet together after they've spent the night together after their wedding. Romeo wants to leave because he knows the grave danger he is in while he stays with Juliet, because of certain events in previous scenes. Juliet is defiant to Romeo leaving and doesn't want him to leave even though he is in danger while he stays with her. ...read more.


These images of death that Shakespeare creates are to foreshadow the fate of Juliet and Romeo later in the play. The argument between Romeo and Juliet is also foreshadowing the argument Juliet is going to have with her parents later in the scene. Shakespeare is giving the audience clues to what is going to happen in the story through this. After Romeo leaves the tension builds as the scene progresses, with the entrance of Lord and Lady Capulet. When Juliet denies her mother and fathers wishes' by not marrying Paris tension is at it's peak in this scene. The language in this part of the play is also very aggressive this shows again that from this point onwards that Juliet's fate is sealed to doom. An example of this aggression is shown in; Lines 160-163 'Hang thee, young baggage, disobedient wretch! I tell the what: get thee to a church a'Thursday, Or never after look me in the face.' This shows the amount of aggression shown by Lord Capulet towards Juliet. This is at a very tense time in the play. Earlier in the play Lord Capulet is portrayed as a caring father, but this has now been shown to be untrue, as he insults his only child Juliet, and is very cruel on her telling her that ...read more.


He shows no remorse towards Juliet and causes the Nurse and Lady Capulet to turn away from her through his element of control. Juliet's mother washes her hands of Juliet, because of her unwillingness to please her father. 'Talk to me not, for I'll not speak a word. Do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee' Lines 202-203. The Nurse also takes Capulet's side when she tells Juliet; 'I think it best you married with the County.' Line 217. This shows the patriarchal society that they are living in that men have an influence on what other women think. This is also why Juliet is seen as breaking the conventions of society as she goes against the will of her father. Act 3, Scene 5 is a pivotal scene in the story of 'Romeo and Juliet' because of it's insight into characters and insight into the society of the time of Shakespeare, and it's patriarchal values and beliefs. It shows the development of Juliet's character from the start of the play to the independent women she now is who is breaking the conventions of her society. It also shows an atmosphere change as Romeo and Juliet are destined to hardship and adversity from this point onwards in the story. Daniel Walsh 11DRK ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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