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How do we see Capulet and Juliet's relationship changing?

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Romeo and Juliet: Act 3 Scene 5 Lucy King 11F How is this scene pivotal to the play? How do we see Capulet and Juliet's relationship changing? Romeo and Juliet is one of the most moving love stories ever written. The tale of young Juliet, her secret husband Romeo, and the tragedy which overtakes them has been admired by theatre goers for centuries. Much of the play's appeal comes from the problems which Romeo and Juliet face from being with each other. Scenes, containing further plot twists increase the tension of the play and heighten the intensity of the final scenes. One scene which does just that is Act 3 Scene 5. This scene is pivotal to the play in many ways. At the start of the scene Romeo bids farewell to Juliet and flees the city. This is important as without the seperation Romeo would never have received an inaccurate message. Therefore he would have known the truth about Juliet's 'death' and so would not have killed himself. The play would then not have its climactic finale, nor have such a memorable conclusion. This scene is also where Juliet first finds out her parent's plans to marry her to Paris. When Lady Capulet first begins to talk of a joyful event Juliet is pleased and excited, for as Juliet says 'joy comes well in such a needy time' and wishes to have more details, 'what day is that?' ...read more.


Juliet no longer has her nurse to confide in, which complicates her situation and makes it harder to find a solution. This scene is an integral part of the play. In it the plot becomes more complicated and we discover the full implications of what Juliet has done, by wedding Romeo she cannnot marry the man her parents have chosen. It also ends Romeo and Juliet's love scenes. It can be seen as their farewell, for they will never talk together again. The scene also adds to the complexity of Juliet's problem. Whereas before she could always rely on her nurse for support, she is now completely alone. This increases the tension, as Juliet frantically tries to think of a workable solution. Without this scene there would be no tension and less emotion in the remainder of the play. The ending would be happy, thus reducing the play to a simple, forgettable, love story. Another important change in character attitudes occurs during this scene. Capulet and Juliets father-daughter relationship changes irrevocably in this scene. When we first meet Capulet he is worried about Juliet and does not want her rushed into marriage. When Paris expresses an interest in marrying Juliet, Capulet says that 'let two more summers wither in their pride, ere we may think her ripe to be a bride'. ...read more.


Capulet still believes this is just childish stubborness, so repeats his threats in the hope of getting Juliet to realise the mistake she is making by refusing. Capulet would have known how much Juliet loved him, so threatening to withdraw his love is one of his most effective threats, 'get thee to the church o' Thursday, or never after look me in the face'. It is possible to sympathise with Capulet in this scene. He obviously cares for his daughter's happiness but feels he cannot back down over the marriage as he has already promised Paris that Juliet shall be his. Capulet does not know of Julie'ts marriage to Romeo and cannot see any problem with Paris, calling him 'a gentleman of noble parentage'. By the end of the scene Capulet has delivered his final ultimation to Juliet. Either she marries Paris, or she is free to 'hang, beg, starve, die in the streets'.This shows how much their relaionship has changed. From being Capulet's only child, who he cared deeply about, Juliet has caused him to turn against her. Though he may still love her he cannot show it as she has disobeyed him. Juliet still loves her father but is now trying to think of a way out of the marriage. We can tell that Juliet does not wish to displease her father as she has not totally refused Paris's offer and been disowned like Capulet threatened. Instead she is trying to find a way around it without upsetting her father any more than is possible. ...read more.

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