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Examine the dramatic importance of act 3, scene 5 of 'Romeo and Juliet'

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Examine the dramatic importance of act 3, scene 5 of 'Romeo and Juliet' This scene focuses mainly on Juliet and her emotions and how events can change so quickly. At the start of the scene, when she is with Romeo, she is ecstatic, she has married the man she loves in secret and has spent her first night with him. She urges him not to leave and Shakespeare uses metaphors concerning light and dark, "It is the lark that calls, not the nightingale" where she tries to convince him that the bird calling is a nightingale and not a lark. When he leaves the audience would not know quite how to feel. Shakespeare wrote the lovers to be sympathised with and yet the moral dilemma facing the audience would be the obvious wrong the lovers have committed by marrying in secret. Juliet is upset after Romeo leaves, and her sadness turns into anger as her mother enters and tells her of the news. Anger then turns into fear with Capulet's threats and shouting and from fear she goes to betrayal when the nurse advises her against Romeo. The audience sympathises with the lovers from the start, Shakespeare warns them in the prologue of the lover's fate, and that they are doomed to die for their love. ...read more.


Capulet, despite his obvious old age, turns and becomes almost a different person. In act 1, scene 2, when Paris first introduces the idea of marriage with Juliet to Capulet, Capulet says that the choice of Juliet's husband will have to be partly her choice. In these times, a father allowing his daughter to have a say in her marriage was rare, and so Capulet is portrayed as a caring and good father. However, when he accepts a Paris' marriage to Juliet, and she denies, he turns, and the audience's view of him changes. He no longer appears to care for Juliet's opinions and wants to be in charge. When the audience are watching act 3, scene 5, Capulet would become quite enraged at Juliet, and would probably be quite vicious towards her, dragging her by her hair, threatening and maybe even hitting her on stage. If there were any sympathies felt by the audience towards Capulet, they have been squashed, as he becomes a character that the audience 'loves to hate'. This meaning that thanks to his bad actions, the probably dislike him, and yet they want to see what he will do, as he makes the play the tiniest bit more interesting. Lady Capulet, who up till now has seemed to have quite a distant relationship with Juliet, but probably a greater one than Capulet does also changes significantly in this scene. ...read more.


If the secret marriage between Romeo and Juliet was discovered, then both families would be in shame and angry at the lovers. The audience might also see the nurse's words of advice from my point of view, and understand what she I saying, and why she is saying it, but Juliet obviously does not; she doe not take the time to think about it, and gets cross. In the end of the scene, when Juliet says she is going to confession, after having a row with Capulet, the nurse believes her, as she hasn't lied to her so far. But Juliet obviously no longer thinks that she can trust the nurse and so ends up lying to her. Act 3, scene 5 is a vital scene in the play, as it shows how the characters- Capulet and Juliet especially can change so quickly in personality and emotions. Shakespeare changes the language and sentence structures used in this scene to adapt to the mood of the character speaking. He uses such beautiful language and metaphors when writing the dialogues between Romeo and Juliet. Many other speeches in the play wilt in comparison with the vividness he uses to emphasize their love. He uses this scene especially to show the audience the other sides of Juliet, Capulet and his lady. ?? ?? ?? ?? English Katie Dadzie, 10/1 ...read more.

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