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In Act 3, scene 5, Juliet finds herself in a terrible predicament. Her father insists that she marry Paris but she is already secretly married to Romeo. Examine the methods that Shakespeare uses to create tension in this part of the play.

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In Act 3, scene 5, Juliet finds herself in a terrible predicament. Her father insists that she marry Paris but she is already secretly married to Romeo. Examine the methods that Shakespeare uses to create tension in this part of the play. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare is a tragic love story. The story concerns the love between two young people, Romeo and Juliet. This is set against a feud between their two families: the Montague's and the Capulet's. This feud develops the themes of conflict, deception and dignity in the play. The play includes a lot of themes, love, family, hate, deception and revenge. Romeo and Juliet was written by William Shakespeare between 1594 and 1596. This period was 'The Elizabethan Era' which was also known as 'The Renaissance'. A time of significant change in the fields of religion, politics, science, language and the arts. Both the story of Romeo and Juliet and Shakespeare's life take place during the Renaissance, a period that begins in the fourteenth century and extends into the seventeenth century. Woman in that era were not allowed to make their own decisions, as is Juliet's predicament with her love life, as her father wants to make the decisions for her. Romeo and Juliet are waking up together after there first night of being man and wife. A loving interaction is shown between Romeo and Juliet at the beginning of the scene. ...read more.

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He is just trying to do what he feels best for Juliet when he arranges her to get married with Paris. During the Elizabethan era it was normal for the father of the family to pick out a husband for his daughter. He knows Paris will make a good husband to Juliet, as he is quite rich and handsome. Lady Capulet is not very important in this scene, she represents a typical wealthy woman of that time, she always listens to and respects Lord Caplet's decisions, even though she does not get much say. Lord and Lady Capulet speak in blank verse, the tone of their voice and their type of language is just above ordinary as William Shakespeare includes them more in Romeo and Juliet as the plot gradually advances. Prose, blank verse or rhymed verse are the three forms of which Shakespeare uses in his language. He uses each to gain a specific type of effect. Shakespeare mainly uses prose with the less important character like Nurse at the start of Act 3 Scene 5; she uses short simple language and does not have many lines. ''God in heaven bless her! You are to blame, my lord, to rate her so.'' The language is easy to understand and is ordinary. In the beginning of Act 3, Scene 5 Rome and Juliet use rhyming verse, this gives the effect of their love, e.g. ...read more.

Conclusion

The moral message of the play is nothing can come in the way of love, their love was so strong the ended killing themselves rather than being without each other, a modern message is teenagers will hardly listen to their parents especially if they are ''star crossed lover''. The main message of act 3 scene 5 is Juliet and Romeo will try and spend as much time with each other as possible and make a plan so they can be together, this conveys the power of love. In conclusion, Juliet matures greatly in act 3 scene 5, this is shown form her use of irony and metaphors, she fools her mum and dad into thinking different from what she actually means, in my opinion I think it is unfair on the woman in that era, because they do not get a choice to pick their ideal lifestyle and also are treated as second class citizens. In one way Juliet should respect her parent's decisions in another it is her life and if she will be happier with Romeo than Paris, then her parents should accept it and put the old feud between the Capulet's and Montague's to rest. Nowadays there is generally less respect of parents from their children than there was in the Elizabethan era. Nowadays some cultures still have arranged marriages even if they are not happy about it. I think Juliet is right to stick by her own choices as it is her life. ?? ?? ?? ?? Dev Vyas 11N ...read more.

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