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Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet Coursework- 1st Draft Act 3 Scene 5 begins at the balcony of Juliet's bedroom. Romeo and Juliet spend their last moments together before Romeo heads off to Mantua. Juliet tries to persuade Romeo to stay but then fears for his safety and encourages him to go. The Nurse enters to say that Lady Capulet is coming. Romeo leaves. Lady Capulet then enters to say that she will be marrying Paris 3 days from now. Juliet refuses and starts weeping. Lady Capulet misinterprets this because she thinks that her daughter is still mourning Tybalt's death and tells Juliet the plot to poison Romeo. Lady Capulet leaves and Capulet enters. Capulet also misinterprets the situation and empathises with her until he finds out that Juliet has refused the arranged marriage. He then explodes with rage insulting and threatening Juliet and ignores Lady Capulet and the Nurse when they both try to calm him down. Lady Capulet also rejects Juliet. She is left alone with the Nurse seeking advice. The Nurse betrays Juliet by saying that Romeo is "a dishclout to him (Paris)" and Paris is "a lovely gentleman". Juliet leaves to seek aid from the Friar. Events leading up to Act 3 Scene 5 are Romeo marries Juliet privately; Romeo then kills Tybalt to avenge Mercutio's death. Romeo is banished. ...read more.

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Lady Capulet is unsympathetic towards Juliet once she tries to calm her down. Lady Capulet then goes on to talk about how she plans poison Romeo. Juliet shares her opinion on the matter by saying "To bear a poison, I would temper it". This is deeply ambiguous because she is saying she would mix the poison for Lady Capulet or if she were to have it on her possession she would weaken the poison, making it harmless. Juliet could even mean to say that she wants to make the poison stronger to punish Romeo for leaving her to fend for herself. Lady Capulet then moves on to the main reason why she is present. When she says "But now I'll tell thee joyful tidings, girl" she is trying to sweeten the pain that Juliet is feeling. She tells her that "a sudden day of joy" has been arranged "That thou expect not, nor I looked not for" (Lady Capulet is blaming Capulet because it is he who has arranged this). Juliet responds by saying it is the right time. Then Lady Capulet tries to persuade her daughter why Paris is just right for her. She describes Paris as "The gallant young child and noble gentlemen, The County Paris, at St. ...read more.

Conclusion

The Nurse says Romeo might as well be dead. When describing Paris she compares him to an eagle. This links in with the bird imagery Romeo and Juliet at the beginning of Act 3 Scene 5. The eagle is a bird of prey and will hunt down the lark and nightingale. The Nurse says "I think you will be happier in this second match". This line is immoral because she is condemning herself to hell, just because she is trying to persuade Juliet to marry Paris. Overall the audience empathises with Juliet because the nurse is asking to betray Romeo, the nurse is agreeing with Lord and Lady Capulet when Juliet doesn't want to marry again. In conclusion, we have seen Juliet's character dramatically change. She began Act 3 Scene 5 as an exciting young bride, risking the danger of Romeo being found out, prolonging the moment. She was also showing signs of immaturity. That all changed throughout the course of Act 3 Scene 5 when she was asked to marry Paris. This leaves her in a vulnerable situation; she had to choose between Romeo and Paris. She wanted to remain loyal to Romeo so she refused Paris' proposal. She becomes isolated after being rejected by both her parents and betrayed by her nurse she left to seek advice from the Friar. This is ironic because theoretically it is the Friar's fault why Juliet dies. ...read more.

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