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How does Shakespeare show the change in Juliets fortunes in act 3 scene 5

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How does Shakespeare show the change in Juliet?s fortunes in this scene? Act 3 scene 5 is a vital scene in Shakespeare?s play ?Romeo and Juliet? as it is the last time the ?star crossed lovers? will see each other alive. It is a scene which explores the other, darker sides of the relationships between the main characters. A significant clue to act three scene fives importance is the wide range of emotions used within it, testing limits and showing new sides to characters. This scene shows the tragic results of past events leading to a sequence of fatal misunderstandings and terrible consequences. At the early stage in this scene the two ?star-crossed lovers? are in blissful happiness this is shown when Romeo says ?look, love what envious streaks of light do lace the severing clouds in the yonder east? this suggests that even the sunlight is envious of their happiness and has chosen to arise after the night that they spent together, the repetition of the comparison of Juliet to the sun, moon and stars throughout the play further reinforces this point, Strengthening the sense of blissful happiness- ?therefore stay yet. Thou need?st not be gone? this suggests that Juliets content is such that she has completely forgotten the danger Romeo is in. Another interpretation is that Juliet tries to deny the arrival of the coming day to prolong her time with Romeo. ...read more.


Shakespeare makes us feel sympathetic in this scene by making Juliet use even more ambiguous language such as "Madam, I am not well." This has two meanings - she's either physically ill or love-sick (she's missing Romeo). This makes us sympathetic towards her as being ill is generally not a pleasant thing to experience. Shakespeare makes us feel increasingly sympathetic in this scene as Lady Capulet says "Evermore weeping for your cousin?s death?" This shows us Juliet is misunderstood by her family - this plays a part in making us feel sorry for her along with the fact that she has just lost her cousin brutally. The word ?weeping? suggests a condescending tone as it shows that they do not understand her. In Act 3 Scene 5, we feel sorry for Juliet as she says "...Till I behold him -dead- is my poor heart." The word 'poor' makes the readers obliged to feel sorry for her as it makes us feel she is suffering. This phrase is ambiguous - it can mean she will never be satisfied until her holds the killer of her cousin dead, or will never be satisfied because her 'poor' heart is dead. We feel sympathetic as she is being continually misunderstood - she does not want to hold the killer of her cousin dead, but her poor heart is dead because she misses Romeo. ...read more.


"Talk not to me, for I'll not speak a word; Do as thou wilt for I have done with thee." She is much less sympathetic. Juliet seeks comfort in the Nurse during the dilemma but she proves to be a false friend. Nurse insults Romeo, ?Romeos a dishclout compared to him? and ?you are happy in this match, for it excels your first? and says Juliet should marry Paris. Thus destroying the trust between them; this leaves Juliet with no one other than Romeo, ?is there no pity sitting in the clouds? this suggests that Juliet feels that the gods are taking no pity in her and having revenge. However she still keeps her faith in god illustrated by the quote ?my husband is on earth, my faith in heaven; how shall that faith return again to earth, unless that husband send it me from heaven by leaving earth? this suggests that she has lost faith In the earth and shows that she can never be happy, unless she goes to heaven with Romeo, in doing so, killing herself. This can be understood as she has no one to place her trust in apart from religion. Another interpretation is that in saying that her "faith" is "in heaven" Juliet means that her marriage vow is holy. A marriage vow is "until death do us part," so the only way she can ever make that vow again is if Romeo dies and goes to heaven. ...read more.

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