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Juliet's Confrontation with her Parents in Act 3 Scene 5 is a Pivotal Scene and Begin the Sequence of Events that lead to the Final Tragedy. Analyse Juliet's state of mind here, using evidence from the text as a whole. Provide advice for someone direct

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Juliet's Confrontation with her Parents in Act 3 Scene 5 is a Pivotal Scene and Begin the Sequence of Events that lead to the Final Tragedy. Analyse Juliet's state of mind here, using evidence from the text as a whole. Provide advice for someone directing Juliet in the extract. This play is a tragedy about two lovers from families with a long history of civil brawls between each other. Act 3 scene 5 is a pivotal scene because from this scene onwards, Juliet's life begins to change, as does her emotions and feelings. These changes then lead to the final tragedy where both lovers take their own lives. It is important to look at scenes previous to this one, because you cannot understand what her character is like before this pivotal scene without reading how she has reacted in other situations. It is also important to look at how much her character changes in this scene. Also, without reading the whole text, you will not know the dramatic irony, which Juliet has so often used. In Verona society, men held their daughters in a very firm iron grip. Although men would often go out, women had to stay at home. It would be unheard of to have any form of relationship with a boy if they were not married. Fathers would also give their daughters hand in marriage, and they would never make a fuss about it. Verona women were often married to men sometimes 10 years older than themselves and be having children as soon as they could physically bare children. We first meet Juliet in Act 1 Scene 3. From this scene we can see that Juliet is not close to her mother at all. ...read more.


As she walks in the first thing she sees would be Juliet weeping hysterically, lying faced down on the middle of her bed, dressed only in night clothes. As Lady Capulet talks to Juliet she varies from being quite stern at the beginning, trying desperately to get her to stop weeping. This is because as she has never really been around Juliet crying before, she doesn't know how to console her properly. As Lady Capulet tells Juliet of the wedding that has been planned, she goes from standing to sitting on Juliet's bed, nervously, as though she doesn't know how Juliet will react to her being so close (again, because she has never done this before, it has always been the nurses' job.) As she delivers the news, Juliet begins to choke on her tears. As she hears the words "happily make thee a joyful bride" Juliet stands up, teeth clenched and circle her mother, almost spitting out the words "You shall not make me a joyful bride!" After Juliet has made her speech, Lady Capulet, slightly scared by Juliet outburst she weakly says "and see how he will take it at your hands." As Capulet walks in, he too wonders why Juliet is still crying over Tybalts death. He asks Lady Capulet, "Have you delivered to her our decree." To this, Lady Capulet responds, "Ay, sir, but she will none, she gives you thanks." To say this in front of Juliet will, of course, make her squirm slightly as to what her father will say to this. He is taken by surprise, and says he doesn't understand. He doesn't understand why she doesn't thank them, she isn't proud of them, and why she doesn't count her blessings that although she is unworthy that Capulet has managed to persuade a good man to be her husband. ...read more.


As Lord and Lady Capulet leave, Juliet should almost leap into the nurse's arms as the nurse sits onto the bed and Juliet gradually gets up from lying where her father threw her down. Although the Nurse should welcome Juliet into a hug, as she gives her opinion on the situation, Juliet should sit further away from the Nurse as she listens to exactly what she doesn't want to hear. As Juliet says, "Well, thou has comforted me marvellous much," Juliet should get up and begin to walk towards the door. At this point, Juliet must walk and open the large doors. She should then look over at the nurse and angrily, yet sadly deliver her lines. As she says "If all else fail, I have myself the power to die" she should stop being so sad and show a very confident side to Juliet. Overall, looking at the text as a whole we can see a dramatic change in Juliet as a person, and her relationship with Romeo throughout the play where we get to the pivotal scene of Act 3 Scene 5. At first we see Juliet as a very young, immature little girl who is having her future planned out for her, showing little sign of trying to disagree. Then we see her begin to take her life into her own hands more, often with the nurse's help however, as Romeo and Juliet desperately try and find a way they can both be together. At the end of Act 3 Scene 5 we see that Juliet has become a completely independent young woman, as she goes against the grain of everything people are trying to tell her to do. She also begins to lie to the nurse who she has always trusted before. All these changes in Juliet happen so fast that they almost create the tragic ending themselves. ...read more.

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