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Romeo and Juliet

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Analyse Act 3 Scene 5 as the turning point in 'Romeo and Juliet' and discuss its importance to the play as a whole. William Shakespeare is an influential figure as his writings extend from theatre to literature, which enables us to regard him as one of, if not the greatest writer of all time. The feud in this play reflects the conflicting religious beliefs around the royal family. Tragedy occurs when a great person through a flaw of character or conflict with some overpowering force undergoes downfall or destruction. This tragedy teaches us about the wickedness of fate and the destructive effects of love and hate. In Act 3 Scene 5, Romeo and Juliet wake up together for the first time after their marriage. They are then forced apart from each other because of the reason that Juliet's mother, Lady Capulet, is coming to the room to tell Juliet about her arranged marriage with Paris. ...read more.


Romeo feels this as well, which can be seen in his exclamation, "More light and light, more dark and dark our woes!" Traditionally, light is associated with safety and darkness is associated with danger. But here, this is reversed which suggests that he also believes that nature is working in opposition to them. The nurse's entrance dramatically changes the romantic atmosphere of the scene as it creates a sense of panic for the lovers. The mood is further darkened by Juliet's foreshadowing as Romeo departs, "I have an ill-divining soul." This strongly suggests to the audience that the play will end tragically. Dramatic irony is created in the conversation between Juliet and her mother because Lady Capulet believes that Juliet is weeping for her dead cousin, Tybalt, whereas the audience know that she is grieving for the loss of Romeo. ...read more.


He repeats himself by calling Juliet "a horse, an accident and a disobedient wretch". When Juliet entreats her mother to intercede, her mother denies her help. After Capulet and Lady Capulet storm away, Juliet asks her Nurse how she might escape her predicament. The Nurse advises her to go through with the marriage to Paris-he is a better match, she says, and Romeo is as good as dead anyhow. Though disgusted by her Nurse's disloyalty, Juliet pretends to agree, and tells her Nurse that she is going to make confession at Friar Lawrence's. Juliet hurries to the friar, vowing that she will never again trust the Nurse's counsel. If the friar is unable to help her, Juliet comments to herself, "If all else fail, myself have power to die," which translates to modern English that she still has the power to take her own life. Throughout the scene, there is a wide variety of mood and effect, from romance to panic, sadness to rebellion and always a lot of tension for the audience, which increases all the time. ...read more.

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