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Discuss the significance of Act 3 Scene 5 in the play Romeo and Juliet.

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Discuss the significance of Act 3 Scene 5 in the play Romeo and Juliet The play Romeo and Juliet was written in the 1500's by playwright William Shakespeare. It is set in Verona at around the same time. The play is based around the two families the Montagues and the Capulets and how their "ancient grudge" causes huge tragedy when the "star-crossed lovers" Romeo and Juliet meet. Act 3 scene 5 is one of the most important scenes of the entire play,as the events of this section lead up to those of the dramatic final scene. The first part of the scene opens with Romeo and Juliet having just spent their first night together as husband and wife, following the deaths of Tybalt and Mercutio.The beginning of this scene has quite a happy, peaceful tone. This is partly put across by the use of language in the scene. There is a strong use of imagery throughout this section, with references to light and dark, such as "As daylight doth a lamp. Her eyes in heaven would through the airy region stream so bright that birds would sing and think it were not night." With the light representing Juliet's innocence and purity and the strength of the love between them. The darkness represents the tragic surroundings of their forbidden love. ...read more.

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feels sorry for Juliet because of the situation she is now faced with, she cannot marry Paris because she is already married to Romeo so she has no choice but to but to defy her parents. We are slightly shocked at the contrast in behavior we see in Juliet, she appears innocent and pure in the first section of the scene, and now she is deliberately defying her parents. But ultimately this behavior just illustrates the impossibility of the situation Juliet is now faced with. Lady Capulet responds to Juliets anger by calling after Lord Capulet. After hearing of Juliets disobedience Lord Capulet is outraged.He thinks she is being incredibly ungrateful "Is she not proud?Doth she not count her blessed,unworthy as she is that we have wrought so worthy a gentleman to be her bridegroom"The anger that Capulet show toward his daughter at this point adds to the tone of this section, which has progressed in its level of anger and outrage. An audience watching this play today would react very differently to this section as opposed to an audience from when the play was written. People in today's society see disobedience and teenage rebellion as a much more common thing. This kind of behavior can be a regular occurrence in families, as parents have become much less strict. ...read more.

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At this point, Juliet is absolutely horrified. Having been deserted by literally every person that she thought she could trust. Juliets reaction to the nurses suggestion is extremely calm and agreeable, much to the surprise of the audience, considering her response to her mother and father. Juliet replies in saying "well, thou hast comforted me marvelous much. Go in and tell my lady I am gone, having displeased my father, to Lawrence' cell to make confession and be absolved." In the last section of this scene, Juliet is left alone. This makes the scene more dramatic because, after being abandoned by everybody she is finally alone, and she reveals to the audience the way she really feels. The most effective line in this scene, I think is "I'll to the friar to know his remedy; if all else fail, myself have power to die." This is the last line of the scene, so the it is ended with the audience wondering what is going to happen next. This scene has huge effect on the audience watching it, the emotion and atmosphere created by this scene begins so well, but changes so dramatically and so rapidly before our eyes. It is this scene that begins the build up to the eventual, tragic death of the lovers Romeo and Juliet, and it creates so much atmosphere and suspense for its audience, it is for this reason that I think this is one of the most significant and emotional scenes of the play. ...read more.

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