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Examine Juliet's response in act 3, scene 5

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Introduction

Examine Juliet's response in act 3, scene 5 Juliet is very sad, extremely worried, by the time she is with her parents again. Romeo is going to leave Juliet after spending their wedding night together. This thought is unbearable for Juliet. Romeo has to go before day comes because otherwise, he will get caught by Juliet's kinsman and might be killed. Romeo uses a contrast and very direct simple language to explain his situation to Juliet 'I must be gone and live, or stay and die.' The stress and emotional anxiety caused by this deep situation impacts on Juliet's response to her parents. She is worried and scared. She is crying when her lady Capulet comes in. Lady Capulet comes in and sees Juliet is crying and thinks she is crying for her loss of cousin, Tyblat. 'Evermore weeping for your cousin's death?' then Juliet responds 'yet let me weep for such feeling loss.' ...read more.

Middle

At this point Shakespeare uses another effective dramatic irony. She does not want to marry Paris because she is not in love with Paris, but also she is already married to Romeo without her parents' knowledge. The audience will admire her that she is loyal to her husband. She says 'whom you know I hate' is just to mislead her mother again. Lady Capulet can not believe her obedient girl would say that to her. She is very angry and she says 'I would the fool were married to her grave.' She calls her daughter a 'fool' and rather she would dead than disobey her. In Shakespearean times the audience would think this were fine because a daughter is not supposed to be disobedient to her parents, but in modern days it will be disagreeable because you will never call your child a fool. Capulet is mad, he can not believe that Juliet is disobeying him. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is evoking pity for Juliet. Juliet wants her mother to help her, she want to ask her, other to delay the marriage somehow, otherwise she will 'make the bridal bed in that dim monument where Tybalt lies.' However, her mother rejects Juliet and says 'talk not to me, for I'll not speak a word.' With this she leaves. In Shakespearean times it would be normal for a typical noble mother to talk to her daughter in this way, but nowadays it would be considered unacceptable of 'not good parenting'. After this big argument with her parents, Juliet feel alone and confused. She asks for help from nurse, but the nurse has a simplistic look at love. She thinks that Romeo is already been banished, so why not choose Paris. She suggests to Juliet that she can marry to Paris as well as Romeo. She says '... beshrew them both.' At this moment Juliet is unsure about what to do. She feels isolated by her parents and nurse. Tiffany Tien L5F ...read more.

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