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Look closely and in detail at Act 3, Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet. What is the importance of this scene and what does it reveal about Juliet and her relationship with her parents?

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Look closely and in detail at Act 3, Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet. What is the importance of this scene and what does it reveal about Juliet and her relationship with her parents? Aaron Park 10 EAT Romeo and Juliet was written in 1595 by William Shakespeare. It is a tragedy play and it highlights hate, love, fate and conflict between two families; Montagues and Capulets, two prestigious families in Verona, Italy. Romeo and Juliet are two star-crossed lovers from each of the two families and in Act 3, Scene 5; it highlights the descent into tragedy. The scene begins with Romeo and Juliet waking up together in bed. Juliet tries to persuade Romeo that it's not yet morning and it's not yet time for him to leave. At first, he says he must go but then changes his mind and is willing to face death, just to be with Juliet. Juliet is worried about Romeo's safety so she says it is time to part. ''It is, it is hie hence, be gone, away! It is the lark that sings so out of tune, straining harsh discords and unpleasant sharps''. It shows that she wants him to leave and she is upset about it. Just then, the nurse warns them that Lady Capulet is coming to Juliet's bedroom. ...read more.

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Juliet actually means she forgives Romeo and even though he gives her grief, she still loves Romeo. Juliet's relationship with her father is on acceptable boundaries. Lord Capulet cares for her daughter like any other parent would. He tries to make Juliet happy but his authority as lord got the better out of him. Lord Capulet gets so angry at Juliet because she won't marry Paris and this is a favour for her. He starts to shout insults at Juliet. "Out, you green-sickness carrion! Out, you baggage! You tallow-face!" "Hang thee, young baggage, disobedient wretch!" This gives a sense that Lord Capulet doesn't think of her as his daughter but an worthless item. Lord Capulet then threatens to disown her if she doesn't marry Paris and continues to disobey him. "hang, bed ,starve, die in the streets, for by my soul, I'll ne'er acknowledge thee" It is clear that Lord Capulet is very serious about his intentions. Just when Juliet needs her mother for support she is let down by her own mother when she asks for help. "Talk not to me, for I'll not speak a word". This implies that she is self-centered and sides with the most powerful person or perhaps she is scared of Lord Capulet to disagree with him. ...read more.

Conclusion

It shows Juliet talks about death a lot and proves that she is grown up and not a little girl anymore. This scene is full of conflict and despair between the two households and there are some misunderstandings between Lady Capulet and Juliet and the Nurse and Juliet. Juliet says double meanings to Lady Capulet and the Nurse. "Madam, I am not well" "Having displeased my father, to Lawrence' cell, to make confession and to be absolved". Juliet's foreshadowing of events and lots of talking of death is also an importance of the scene. "Me thinks I see thee now, thou art so low, As one dead in the bottom of a tomb." She seems to see Romeo dead already. This leads the audience towards the tragedy. In conclusion, it reveals that Juliet's relationship with her parents were unstable in this scene. Juliet feels so strong about her and Romeo's relationship to even defy her own father. But still, Juliet is a woman in a male-dominated world so she recognizes the limits of her powers and knows she has the will to kill herself. Juliet has grown great maturity during the scene; she fools her mother with double meanings. She also breaks relationship with the Nurse and having a Nurse is a mark of childhood since the Nurse looks after her. She abandons her Nurse and keeps loyal to her husband. ...read more.

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