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Romeo and Juliet

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English Coursework In this essay I am going to talk about how Shakespeare creates sympathy for Juliet in Act 3 Scene 5 Pg 92 - 99. In Act 3 Scene 5, Romeo and Juliet have just woken up from spending their night together, in other words "consummating the marriage". Juliet's nurse then comes in and says that her mother wants to speak with her. Romeo bids Juliet a goodbye, articulating that they will meet again. Then Juliet's mother, Lady Capulet, bursts in and announces that Juliet will have to marry Paris next Thursday morning. Juliet is probably thinking "How can I marry Paris, when I am already married to Romeo?" Then, in comes her father, Lord Capulet, who complains about her still crying. Then he looks towards Lady Capulet, and asks her whether she has told Juliet the news about her wedding. Lady Capulet replies by saying she has told Juliet, but then backfires by saying she wishes Juliet was dead and married to her grave. Juliet says she is proud at what her father found for her, but she is not thankful of something she hates. Her father then goes on to verbally abusing her, and concludes by saying if she is not at the church on Thursday morning, he will disown her. ...read more.


My lord and you were then at Mantua:-- Nay, I do bear a brain:--but, as I said, When it did taste the wormwood on the nipple Of my dug and felt it bitter, pretty fool, To see it tetchy and fall out with the dug!" Here the nurse is sharing her experience of Juliet being breastfed. Even though the nurse is like a mother to Juliet, when Juliet asks the nurse for comfort in time most needed; the nurse simply replies back "I think it best if you married with the county. Oh, he's a lovely gentleman. Romeo's a dishclout to him." The nurse is giving her opinion to Juliet, which is something Juliet does not want to here, because she trusted the nurse and just in that quote, I think that the trust between Juliet and the nurse is broken. Additionally Juliet feels that she is left in total darkness, when multiple scenarios happen at the same time for Juliet; Romeo leaves her, she is forced to marry Paris, Tybalt, her close cousin has recently died, and when Juliet asks the nurse for comfort and advise, the nurse "backstabs" Juliet in the back by not saying what Juliet wants to hear. Here, we discover the weakness of the nurse by her sudden actions towards Juliet. ...read more.


This creates sympathy for Juliet, because her father, because of the patriarchal society, forces her choices in life upon her. If Juliet does not listen to her father then he said he will disown her. "Hang thee, young baggage! Disobedient wretch! I tell thee what: get thee to church o' Thursday, Or never after look me in the face: Speak not, reply not, do not answer me; My fingers itch." He also wanted to slap her because she was being so disobedient and stubborn. In conclusion, I think how Shakespeare creates sympathy for Juliet is very meaningful, because of the way he plays with the audience's feelings towards Juliet. It also adds quite a bit of conflict to the play between the families at the end of the play. Romeo and Juliet did not mean to fall in love; they were "destined" to fall in love and then die, since the start of the tragedy. They are "Star-crossed lovers" from the start of the play; the evidence is in the prologue. The way Shakespeare created sympathy for Juliet, led her to bear no more of the things she was forced to do, so it lead to two lovers from two spiteful families to take their lives, just for their voices to be heard to reach the family. By Sehar 10J ...read more.

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