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Examine the importance and effectiveness of Act 3, Scene 5 "Romeo and Juliet" considering its significance in terms of plot, theme, characterization and dramatic impact.

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Examine the importance and effectiveness of Act 3, Scene 5 "Romeo and Juliet" considering its significance in terms of plot, theme, characterization and dramatic impact. "Romeo and Juliet" is one of the most widely known works of Shakespeare and is still popular today. It is one of Shakespeare's earliest plays and most famous tragedies. The play is set in Verona, Italy, which is thought of as a place of love and passion. There is no clear indication within the play of the time setting but it seems to be around 1200 or 1300. Patriarchal society in England is mirrored by Shakespeare in Verona and prominent themes are explored that were common in Elizabethan England and in some cases today. This explains that if the play had been set in modern times; the play wouldn't have ended as it did, as Juliet would have had choice about which she married. Love had to be shown through language using imagery as in Elizabethan Theatre there was only male actors. "Romeo and Juliet" is a play about love and passion between two young people. For many years an on-going feud between two families has caused much disruption in Verona, Italy. Hatred between the two lovers' families, the Montagues and the Capulets, ends with them killing their only two children. ...read more.

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Romeo is certain that the bird was a lark meaning it will soon be day. Romeo is aware that morning is coming. This is shown when he says, " It was the lark, the herald of the morn." Romeo is aware he must leave foe Mantua. Juliet tells her love " Thou need'st not to be gone" saying she doesn't want to part with him yet. Romeo's banishment from Verona means separation of the two lovers. Therefore the lovers can not see, feel and talk to each other. To both, this meant something equal to death. Love is shown in this scene as it shows the two lovers battling against the obstacles that are getting in the way of their relationship. This gives the audience the impression that Romeo and Juliet's love was so strong that they were willing to go against years of hatred between their families. Romeo having been with his Juliet decides that he is now happy to die rather than parting with Juliet. He speaks "Let me be tane, let me be put to death." Shakespeare has used a paradox in his language to show that as it literally gets lighter their feelings metaphorically get darker. Romeo and Juliet's time alone is then broken by the Nurses entrance. The Nurse warns Juliet that her mother will join her soon. ...read more.

Conclusion

Not only is Juliet being asked for her opinion, but also she seems to feel free to with hold her consent. Capulet cares about Juliet, but is now very angry and bullies Juliet as he has given his words to Paris and Juliet is refusing to follow them. Some modern audiences may not be aware that arranged marriages are normal for people of Juliet's class, and Paris is a very good husband for her. This scene changes my opinions on the nurse as she has always seemed to care for Juliet and has understood her interests. Now it becomes clear that she has never really understood her. At the end of Act 3, Scene 5 when Juliet is left alone, Juliet says she will never trust the Nurse again. She only speaks to the Nurse once more in the play. In my opinion I think it is surprising that the Nurse cares more about Juliet's marrying, than her real love for Romeo, her husband. Conclusion: Romeo and Juliet's suffering and deaths are tragic however, without them, their families would not have stopped feuding. Verona was torn by the hatred between the two families. The sacrifice made by the lovers allows everyone to begin healing old wounds. They make the greatest sacrifice for each other and this proves their love. Act 3, scene 5 is important as if Juliet was able to choose her actions and make her own decisions the play would not have ended as it did: a tragedy ...read more.

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