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Romeo and Juliet

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Introduction

Romeo and Juliet Coursework In this piece of writing I will explain why Act III Scene V is one of the most important scenes in the play. The scene in question is extremely important in the whole outcome of the play because it is the last time Juliet will see Romeo alive. Also in this scene, Juliet goes against her father's word for the very first time. Juliet's surprise at her mother's sudden arrival is acceptable, as her mother never visits her in her room. The reason for this is that Juliet was brought up by the Nurse, and so has a much closer relationship with her that her mother. ' What unaccustom'd cause procures her hither'. Lady Capulet has little experience of comforting children as the nurse has always done it for her. So, when she enters Juliet's room she treats her like a small child, by bringing the new of marriage proposal with a slow almost mocking tone in her voice. ' But now I'll tell thee joyful tidings, girl'. Lady Capulet is unintelligent because she interprets Juliet's weeping because of the death of Tybalt where it is actually Romeo she weeps for. 'Evermore weeping for your cousin's death?'. Shakespeare's use of ambiguous language links in with my point in the last paragraph. Lady Capulet thinks Juliet is grieving for Tybalt but it is Romeo instead. ...read more.

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The reason for her taking sides with Capulet is that in the time of when the play was written, women had little or no rights and were expected to go along with their husbands wishes even if they did not agree with it. If women disagreed, they could expect a severe beating without consequences from the law intervening. Juliet's attitude to her father is almost ignorance but at the very least extremely stubborn. By looking at Shakespeare's choice of words for this character, it seems that she won't be changing her mind very easily at all. This is a very important point in the scene because it is the first time that Juliet has gone against her father's word. The Nurse thinks that Capulet's treatment of Juliet is unjustified. She believes that it should be Juliet who chooses who she marries instead of her father. Although this feeling is not expressed in words in the play, Shakespeare implies by giving the Nurse lines that are very opposing to Capulet's views. All of the issues covered in this essay are very strong. This part of the scene especially, sets up everything for finale so it is very important. In all of the recent issues in the play, the audience would feel very strongly for Juliet as the way Shakespeare portrays her character and the other characters, it seems she has been hard done by. ...read more.

Conclusion

Juliet turns to the Nurse, as she is her last remaining friend who has stood by her through these events. The Nurse immediately rejects her plea of help and replies bluntly 'I think it best you marry with the county'. The Nurse' advice to Juliet reveals her weakness of character. If the details of Juliet's marriage were to become known, her position would be very difficult. The Nurse's comparison of Romeo, 'dishclout' with Paris 'he's a lovely gentlemen' enrages Juliet even more. It is at his point in the play where Juliet is ore alone than ever before. Betrayal by her last remaining 'friend' (the Nurse) leaves her no other option. 'Thou and my bosom henceforth shall be twain', she says and turns to the Friar. The effect of this last conversation changes the whole eventual outcome of the play. Juliet is beyond help unless the Friar can persuade her into another plan of action. All this has been brought about by the argument with her father. Juliet has gone against her father's word and the lovers will never see each other again. The play is still performed and admired today because of the full on use of dramatic irony. In Shakespeare's plays, the audience always know something that the characters do not. In my opinion, the play is still performed today because of the love for Shakespeare himself and the fact that 'Romeo and Juliet' is one of the most famous titles in modern history. ...read more.

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