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How does Shakespeare make the audience fell sympathy for Juliet in Act 3 Scene 5?

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How does Shakespeare make the audience fell sympathy for Juliet in Act 3 Scene 5? In the play "Romeo and Juliet" one of the main emotions felt by the audience is sympathy. In Act 3, Scene 5, Juliet goes through lots of emotions. First she feels intense love then despair and after the end of Act 3, Scene 5 she feels alone and in isolation. Shakespeare makes the audience understand Juliet's emotions and the audience see how much the events effect her emotions and how much she has grown up. The audience are already prepared to feel sympathy for Juliet because the long chain of events started as soon as she said her first line in Act 1 Scene 3. When lady Capulet asked Juliet "How stands your disposition to be married?" she asks Juliet whether she wants to get married to Paris. From Juliet's answer we see that she was a very young, protected from life and innocent girl- "It is an honour that I dream not of". We also see in that scene that Juliet doesn't have a good relationship with her mother-Lady Capulet which increases sympathy for Juliet because she has never really had a mother as Lady Capulet cannot hold a conversation with her. "We must talk in secret" she realises that she cannot speak to her daughter "nurse come back again" whereas the Nurse has known her since she was a baby and is Juliet's only trustworthy friend. ...read more.

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At the opening as dawn ends Romeo and Juliet's one night of married happiness. Shakespeare shows us that Romeo and Juliet are deeply in love and must part. This is shown in the language. Romeo is getting ready to leave and Juliet says, "Wilt thou be gone? it is not yet near day: It was the nightingale, and not the lark, That pierced the fearful hollow of thine ear". The song of the lark, herald of the morning, has awakened Romeo and filled him with fear of being caught in Verona, but Juliet tries to reassure him that he has heard only the nightingale that sings every night on a nearby pomegranate tree. Romeo knows better. He says it was the lark, and adds, "Look, love, what envious streaks Do lace the severing clouds in yonder east". The word-picture he paints is beautiful, but ominous. Streaks of sunlight are filtering through the slowly parting clouds in the east, but those streaks are "envious" because they announce the end of the happiness that the lovers have had in the night. Juliet replies "Yon light is not day-light, I know it" she really does not want them to part so she tries to persuade Romeo that it is still night but this does not work. The Friar had previously instructed Romeo to leave by dawn so as to avoid being spotted. ...read more.

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Juliet of course cannot believe that the Nurse has told her to forget about Romeo after the Nurse got Romeo to sleep with her a secure the marriage. Shakespeare shows the audience it's now hopeless for Juliet. The Nurse is a Capulet servant and must support their wishes. She believes that everything will be fine if Juliet simply follows her parents' directive. So when Juliet pretends to agree (though she feels betrayed)-"thou hast comforted me marvellous much" and tells her to inform her parents that she has gone to Friar Lawrence's cell for confession-"tell my lady I am gone. Having displeas'd my father, to Laurence' cell. To make confession" Shakespeare makes the audience feel like Juliet is completely alone at such a young age. The audience are soon sure that Juliet was pretending to agree when they hear what Juliet says about the nurse after the Nurse leaves-"O most wicked fiend". We as the audience sympathise for Juliet because of her predicament, she has no one left; her mother and father want nothing to do with her and the nurse has betrayed her. She has nowhere to go. The only person she has left now is her husband- Romeo but he is banished or he will die; and because of the way she has been treated. Everything has happened so fast in such a short space of time everything has changed. Juliet has little choices left and she is running out of time to make them. ...read more.

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