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How does Shakespeare make us feel increasingly sympathetic for Juliet in act 3 scene v?

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How does Shakespeare make us feel increasingly sympathetic for Juliet in act 3 scene v? Romeo and Juliet is the tragic story of two young lovers, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet. They meet at a party, fall in love and are married the next day, the play itself is set over 5 days. Romeo and Juliet's love is doomed from the start; they are the only children of two feuding families, the Montague's and Capulets, so their love is both impossible and forbidden. Romeo kills Juliet's cousin and a Capulet, Tybalt, in a fight and is banished by the prince from Verona. At the start of act 3 scene V we feel sympathy for Juliet because she had just married Romeo the day before and consummated her marriage that night, now Romeo was leaving for Manchua, after being banished by the prince of cats for killing Tybalt. Juliet had probably just had one of the best nights of her life, now she has to say goodbye to Romeo, knowing that she may never see him again. This makes the audience and reader feel sympathy towards Juliet as this is a very sad situation for her to be in. Shakespeare uses the lark and nightingale as a metaphor for Romeo and Juliet's separation, and the end of their one night of married happiness. ...read more.

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In this scene Capulet is very confused as to why Juliet would refuse a marriage into the royal household, then gradually his anger builds up, he starts insulting her ''out, you green-sickness carrion! Out; you baggage! You tallow face!' and threatening her '' I tell thee what: get thee to a church a Thursday or never look me in the face'' this means marry Paris or I will never see you again. Capulet is so angry he says he wants to hit Juliet ''my fingers itch'' just because she will not marry Paris. Capulet wants Juliet to marry Paris because the prince said that if there was any more fighting he would kill him, and by marrying Juliet to Paris it would make Capulet related to the prince so the Prince would find it a lot more difficult to kill Capulet. Earlier on in the play Capulet told Paris that he wanted to wait a few years before marrying his only daughter off, but now his neck is on the line he can't marry off her quick enough, this shows that Capulet has little or no affection for his daughter when he is danger. The audience is feeling even sorrier for Juliet now because she has just been turned away completely by her own flesh and blood. ...read more.

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In the play Juliet progressed from a timid, loyal daughter to a determined woman, I think that she changed so much because she had led quite a sheltered life until the point when she met Romeo, after which she had her heart broken, she was being forced to marry by her father and turned away by her family, even the Nurse. I think all these factors forced Juliet to become a stronger, more determined woman. I think that a Shakespearean audience would not of been more sympathetic towards Juliet, as in the time the play was written daughters where expected to do what they where told therefore they would of expected Juliet to do exactly what her father told her to do regardless of what he said, although they would of felt sympathy for her because everyone in the audience would have been Christian, and they believe that being married to more than one person is a sin so Juliet would go to hell. A modern day audience would feel more sympathetic towards Juliet because they would feel for Juliet when she had no one to turn too, she couldn't marry because she had already married Romeo and the fact that Romeo had left her. ...read more.

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