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Romeo and Juliet

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Act 3, Scene 5 is a very dramatic scene in 'Romeo and Juliet', where drama and conflict is direct and obvious for the audience. Everyone watching this scene would have their hearts beating faster because of the strong tension. By the end of this scene Juliet is left a broken and isolated, young girl with nobody to help her. The scene opens with the tragedy struck couple lying in bed after spending their wedding night together. It's the early hours of the morning and the sun is just appearing on the horizon, Romeo is being realistic and pragmatic, he says "Night's candles are burnt out, and jocund day, Stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops. I must be gone and live, or stay and die." Romeo is practical and direct and realises the urgency of the situation and the fact that his life is in jeopardy. This shows that Romeo knows that if he stays with Juliet it will result with his death because he is in a forbidden place, for two reasons, one being the Capulets resent him and the other being that he was banished from Verona because he killed Tybalt. Juliet tries to convince Romeo that it is still night, as the first words of the scene open with Juliet saying "Wilt thou be gone? It is not yet near day" showing how impulsive, deluded and foolish she is, she is not thinking of the consequences that could occur if Romeo remains in her house and gets caught. She knows that her parents will show no mercy. Romeo contradicts her idealistic fantasy by being realistic. "It was the lark, the herald of the morn, No nightingale." He is saying that the lark is singing which sings in the morning not the nightingale which sings at night. Juliet is still being na�ve and tries to convince Romeo that it is night and not day, "It is some meteor that the sun exhaled" she's saying that the light in the sky is from a meteor and not the sun which is an absurd and ludicrous exaggeration. ...read more.


Firstly, she addresses her husband as 'sir' which shows respect and formality, not how a husband and wife would communicate. She also wishes death upon her own daughter; this must have put Juliet through misery, because even though they are not as close, wishing death upon your child is still heartbreaking and the ultimate rejection. She does not seem to care if Capulet would get angry or not. This part is tense because the we wouldn't know how Capulet would react to this rebellious and subversive act of rebellion. Lord Caplet answers by asking rhetorical questions "How, will she none? Doth she not give us thanks? Is she not proud?" I think that he is stunned that Juliet has rejected his command, so he ends up asking questions to get it through his head as this is an aberration in his life. Juliet responds by saying "Proud can I never be of what I hate, But thankful even for hate that is meant love." Here she is basically saying that although she hates what her father has suggested, she's grateful because she knows that he thought that she would like it. Capulet wasn't really ready for forgiveness or meditation, so he goes on to mocking her, insulting her and threatening her "How how, how how, chopt- logic? What is this? 'proud' and 'I thank you' and 'I thank you not' and yet 'Not proud' mistress minion you?" He's saying she has to stop saying things and get ready for Thursday; this must be hard for Juliet as because her father is not listening to her and not valuing what she is saying. He then says "But fettle your fine joints 'gainst Thursday next, to go with Paris to Saint Peter's church, Or I will drag thee on a hurdle thither. Out, you green- sickness carrion! Out, you baggage! You tallow- face!" he says he is ready to humiliate her in front of the whole town, he says he will cuff her where prisoners are ...read more.


She tells the nurse to tell her mother that she will Paris, the Nurse says that she definitely will and that Juliet has made the right decision. The Nurse then departs, fooled by Juliet's deception. Juliet is furious at the Nurse for bad-mouthing Romeo, as she has never spoken badly of Romeo before. Juliet is crushed and thinks the nurse has betrayed her. I think that the Nurse was just trying to protect Juliet and give her the best possible life. But Juliet is furious and calls the nurse an "Ancient damnation! O most wicked fiend" here Juliet is acting like her father because if she does not get it her way or if someone disagrees with her, then she will not be happy. She then goes on to saying that she will never trust the nurse again but she will take Friar Lawrence's advice instead "I'll to the Friar to know his remedy." She also says that the Nurse is telling Juliet to perform a sin and break her marriage vows. She then says if all goes wrong she is the only one that has the power to end her life. Overall, by the end of this scene Juliet is left alone, her husband has left the city, her parents have threatened to disown her unless she does as they please and then the last person that she relied on has also betrayed her. Although Juliet can be vain and vulnerable, she can also be strong and a good actress, this scene shows both sides of Juliet's character. She lied to three people and she stayed strong and did not break down, but really the readers know that Juliet is left broken and tormented. Her threat of suicide is the only opportunity she has for autonomous action and she is left in a terrible predicament, dependant on the irresponsible Friar. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jolanta Ruperte Romeo and Juliet Act 3, scene 5 1 ...read more.

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