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Romeo and Juliet Coursework William Shakespeare was born in April of 1564, and died on April 23, 1616, and his plays were some of the most influential ever, at the beginning of his career as a play write he started writing for small productions. But by the end of his career he was doing plays for royal appointment. One of the reasons Shakespeare was so popular was that he had different views to most men at that time, in his plays there would feature strong female figures who would stand up to men's authority. This made him very popular as the queen at the time was Queen Elizabeth an out going female who was respected. So Shakespeare putting strong female figures in his plays may have helped him to get a better reputation with the queen and women in general. In Romeo and Juliet 3 scene 5 the scene begins with Romeo and Juliet together in Juliet's room, the scene is romantic and is supposed to show the way Romeo and Juliet feel about each other and how much they care about each other. Juliet realises Romeo is leaving and says "wilt thou be gone? It is not yet near day: it was the nightingale, and not the lark, that pierced the fearful hollow of thine ear; nightly she's sings on yond pomegranate tree. ...read more.


Juliet is obviously annoyed by this as she is already married to Romeo and replies with this "Now by Saint Peters church and peter too, he shall not make me there a joyful bride", "I pray you tell my lord and father, madam, I will not marry yet," lady Capulet then goes on to say that Juliet must tell her father that she wont get married her self "Here comes your father, tell him so yourself ;and see how he will take it at your hands." Lady Capulet does this as she is not very close to her daughter and fears her husband Capulet. This show the time period that the play was written in as women were subject to their husbands and were expected to do as they were told. The mood in the scene has now changed again due to the dramatic irony and linguistic terms used by Shakespeare, the mood is now a mix as Juliet's mother is annoyed about Juliet's refusal Juliet is most likely worried about her father and still deeply upset about the split between her and Romeo that we saw the beginning of the play. The audience receive mixed messages at this part of the scene as they don't yet know what will happen to Juliet. Capulet then enters the scene by saying "when the sun sets, the earth doth drizzle dew, but for the sunset of my brothers son it rains down right." ...read more.


shall this be prevented" but now by this point even Juliet's nurse who has bin on her side has stated to sway towards the side of the Capulet's possibly because she didn't want to loose her job, we can see this as the nurse says "I think its best you marry with county. O, he he's a lovely gentleman!" this show us that Juliet's nurse even now has been persuaded by Capulet. Shakespeare may have used this to show how much in power men were at that time, saying that even the stronger outgoing women would be eventually pursued by the superior men. But Juliet would never stab her husband in the back by marrying Paris; she makes this very clear as she argues with her nurse foe even suggesting that she re-marry, this is shown by Juliet saying "Ancient damnation! O most wicked fiend! It is more sin to wish me thus forsworn, or to dispraise my lord with that same tongue which she hath praised him with above compare so many thousand times?" this shows that Juliet curses the nurse and says that it would be the worst sin for her to do such a thing to the husband which she loves so dearly, she also exclaims at the end of the scene that she would rather die than marry with Paris, this also show the foreshadowing of events in the following scenes. ...read more.

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