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Romeo And Juliet

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Introduction

C/W Romeo and Juliet November 2007 Act 3 Scene 5 is the scene when everybody turns their back on Juliet! The events in act 3 scene 5 are affected largely by the events in act 3 scene 1. In Act 3 Scene 1 the events are extremely pivotal as they change the fortunes of the lovers immensely, the main event that happens is: Romeos Banishment; which is the princes punishment for killing Tybalt. However the events that take place in Act 3 scene 5 push the lovers closer towards their doom. The events that take place in this scene are: lord Capulet has arranged for Juliet to marry Paris, without her consent and without knowing that she is already married to Romeo. This is why Juliet takes drastic action and fakes her own death. In my essay I am going to examine the dramatic impact of act 3, scene 5, and the events that lead up to it. I am also going to examine how the moods and characteristics of the characters change throughout the scene In this scene there is a lot of contrast for example the contrast between their light-hearted conversation at the start of the scene and the grave ending that is about to happen. There is a contrast between the varieties of language used throughout the scene. At the start of the scene the conversation is light-hearted, happy, and positive, "Nightly she sings on yon pomegranate tree". ...read more.

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This means that throughout act 3 scene 5, the audience are aware of the upcoming circumstances and that the characters on stage no nothing about it. "Methinks I see thee, now thou art so low, as one dead in the bottom of a tomb" The dramatic irony is effective because even though we know what is going to happen, its good to see how the build up and suspense is created. In the beginning of act 3 scene 5 the language used between Romeo and Juliet after their first and last night together is very romantic and poetic. During this part of the scene bird imagery is used to show their reluctance to part, "it was the nightingale and not the lark" the nightingale is used to represent night and the lark is used to represent day. This scene also shows that their love is threatened " night candles are burnt out, and jocund day" this metaphor creates a sense of sadness and foreboding. When it says " it is some meteor that the sun exhales" the meteor symbalises bad omen present between the two lovers and their destined fate. "come death and welcome, Juliet wills it so" this shows that romeo is prepared to die for Juliet. This can also be seen as dramatic irony because this is what happenes in the end of the play. ...read more.

Conclusion

However whenever lady capulet talks to juliet in front of her husband she seems to be under his influence of not really wanting anything to do with her. In act 3 scene 5 there is a lot of irony brought into what lady capulet says, there is also a strong reference to death and poisning. Lady capulet thinks that juliet is grieving over the death of her cousin Tybalt, but in fact she is crying over the fact that she knows that she is probably never going to see romeo again. When lady capulet says " I would the fool were married to her grave" this is even more dramtic irony because not long after this juliet fakes her own death and in the end actually does end up taking her own life. When juliet is talking to her mother, she forshadows her own death. Overall the impact that act 3 scene 5 has on me is quite a sympathetic one. The reason that this scene makes me feel this way is because I feel sorry for juliet, through the way that everyone has just abandoned and rejected her, and she still managed to stay strong. Lady Capulet changes the most throughout the scene because she comes out of her comfort zone and actually starts thinking for herself even if she is still influenced largly by Lord Capulet. The audience are prepared for things to come by juleits last line of the scene " If all else fails, myself have power to die!" Kate Gray 10Z ...read more.

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