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Macbeth

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Introduction

In Act 3 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet, Juliet becomes isolated. Explore how this isolation occurs and how it contributes to the tragedy of the play. Romeo and Juliet is a play written by William Shakespeare in 1595. "If all else fail, myself have the power to die" is a perfect quote to reflect Juliet's isolation in Act 3 Scene 5. This isolation is influenced by a selection of characters during the scene. Romeo and Juliet meet at a party and immediately it is evident that this would be a match made in heaven. Everything can not be perfect in the real world and their love is separated by the two rival families (Capulet and Montague) who clash many times throughout. It is impossible for them to be together because if even a hint of news about their love was revealed it would result in serious consequences for both Romeo and Juliet (execution, disownment). Shakespeare focuses on how love is very rarely perfect by incorporating various themes such as love and how fate leads them to their predetermined situation which involves acts of violence as a result of their restricted love affair. This eventually holds significance to their tragic deaths as their love is against the laws of society which always meant trouble in Elizabethan times. Act 3 Scene 5 is vital towards Juliet's breaking point. The night of her wedding night was full of happiness but it all goes downhill the next morning after Romeo and Juliet's first and only night together. "Me, I, Myself" shows that she is isolated as she speaks to herself which leads to her death. Her family push her into a corner with insults from every direction and exit leaving her alone feeling a lack of affection. I will explore the scene thoroughly to explain how an impact from each character contributes to her isolation, focusing on the language techniques, structure and themes of the play. ...read more.

Middle

On the other hand Lady Capulet never comforted Juliet like this and tells Juliet to get over the death of Tybalt. "Therefore have done: Some grief shows much love, but much of grief shows still some want of wit". The characters of the mother and father are almost opposites, but Capulet's angry side is very hurtful towards Juliet. "Thou counterfeit'st a bark, a sea, a wind" This extended metaphor is describing her crying and the fact he is talking about storms with chaotic weather may sum up the whole tragedy between the two families. "How now! A conduit girl?" The nature seems to represent the characters depressive moods and how the weather is being personified to represent all the characters chaos, confusion and arguments. Shakespeare expresses Capulet's anger through language by using a set of rhetorical questions as he is confused and surprised. "Proud I can never be of what I hate". Juliet's reaction then increases his temper as he is not used to being so highly disrespected. He likens her to a mistress minion, anti-christ devil which is the enemy of their religion. He must be extremely fuming as he uses metaphors and groups of 3 insults "you green sickness carrion! Out you baggage! You tallow-face!" The 3 exclamation marks and insults further emphasise his out of control anger with repetition. His speech is blurting out "Day, night, hour, tide, time, work, play". This shows that he is so mad that he cannot punctuate his speech properly. His insults are forceful and filled with imperatives. He is demanding her to do things. "Get thee to church O' Thursday" "I will drag thee on hurdle thither". He is mocking Juliet "Proud and I thank you and thank you not". This is sarcastic and he mocks her speech as if it is worthless. "Speak not, reply not, do not answer me" This group of 3 emphasises the 'not' and further indicates that Juliet is an individual v society as it reflects that she cannot NOT do something her father tells her to. ...read more.

Conclusion

The outcome of their deaths is written out for them both as it is the only thing that can reconcile their families relationship. The plays themes such as love overtake everything else which results in her answering back Capulet. This love results in violence due to their secret love, in which they are being forced apart by the people around them as well as nature. Their struggle against society is obvious as the couples relationship is opposed time and time again. The father's honour results in brawls that disturb public peace. Arranged marriages are the trend and as their love is people from two rival families, it makes it worse, never mind the love. It is the rivalry that is a problem also. If people found out about the relationship, Romeo and Juliet would be looked on as filth, for example Juliet being disowned and Romeo's respect would decrease vastly. Romeo and Juliet are battling against what they are being demanded to do and what they desire to do in their personal minds. Regardless of this, fate is blatant to play a part in their tragic deaths. 'Star crossed' suggests that their fate has been written out for them from the moment they meet. They both also see constant omens to back up this theory- "I defy you stars". This fate controls the play and not just for the audience. These themes are opposing their love and forcing them to the edge which contributes to the penultimate tragedy. The scene forced me to feel sympathetic towards Juliet, but angry at the same moment because maybe if she sat down with Capulet and explained her situation, their could be a chance he would understand and the events that followed could have been different in many ways. This scene is vital as it is the turning point and first step towards her limit which results in her visiting Friar for poison which contributes to the final tragedy (their deaths). This scene descends into their tragic fate which was bestowed on them from the moment they set eyes on each other. ...read more.

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