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Romeo and Juliet: Act 3, Scene 5

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Task 2 Act 3 Scene 5 greatly changes Juliet's character and situation. Show how the events of the scene change Juliet from the girl who insists: "It was the nightingale and not the lark," to someone who can calmly say "If all else fail, myself have power to die." At the beginning of this scene, we see Juliet as a calm girl very much in love with Romeo. She cannot bear to see him go as she just wants to spend all of her time with him and for all to be merry. The audience can tell that she is sound of mind and believes that all is right with the world, they can tell this because all of her thoughts are rational and she can formulate plans and keep to them. This however contrasts with Juliet at the end of the scene where she seems rash and appears to have totally ignored what her father has said and has chosen to go and try and see Romeo anyway. Having her father bring her down to earth changed her state of mind from the beginning of the scene to the end. The way that Romeo and Juliet speak to other is a lot of the time in similes and metaphors. "'Tis but a pale reflex on Cynthia's brow;" This shows the emphasis of their love as they are describing it as being so wonderful and mighty that nothing literal can quite give justice to it. ...read more.

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So she is saying thanks but no thanks to her father and hoping that he will see what she means and almost sympathise with her. Her father's response however is one of ever increasing anger. 'How, how, how, how, chopp'd logic! What is this? "Proud," and "I thank you," and "I thank you not";' He says that she is speaking in riddles as if trying to confuse him into submission; he calls her a spoilt brat who is not grateful for what she is given and should take this opportunity and thank her stars. The audience would feel sorrier for Juliet at this point because they know the true reason for her rejection and that is that she loves Romeo and is married to him. Then Juliet tries a different tactic, she kneels so that she is lower than her father and speaks softly, begging for him to let her speak. "Hear me with patience but to speak a word." I think that she does this so that she can try and calm her father down, not by confessing her marriage to Romeo but by just talking about things rather than having her father shout at her all the time. Her father's next speech becomes very active and aggressive: "Hang thee, young baggage, disobedient wretch!" Capulet is right up at her face with sheer anger in his eyes, perhaps he has her by the scruff of the neck. Then he tells her to get to church this Thursday or he will disown her. ...read more.

Conclusion

However Juliet regains control and dignity and begins to again focus on her 'mission', if you will, to avoid marrying Paris and to remain true to Romeo. She begins to order nurse again: "Go in, and tell my lady I am gone," She is now speaking formally now as if Nurse was just her nurse and not her close friend. She has realised that she and Romeo are in this alone the audience sees this when Juliet begins to speak more formally and begins to become more serious. As the Nurse exits, Juliet has a brief outburst of emotion: 'Ancient damnation! O most wicked fiend!' The audience would see this as quite unexpected as Juliet has been calm and in control for the most part of this scene. But this outburst is her feeling of betrayal from the Nurse as she leaves her to do this on her own. Juliet has matured during this scene alone because she has had to face many problems mostly on her own. This give the audience the final message that Juliet is fixated on her one goal and absolutely nothing will stop her from achieving it. Juliet has gone from relying on the Nurse to do everything for her to being her own individual person. She is now independent and can sort out her own problems which lead to her going to the apothecary to get the poison. This of course leads to the final climax and the tragic ending. Sam Cox. ...read more.

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