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romeo and juliet act 3 scene 5

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Romeo and Juliet Coursework Act 3, Scene 5 This play is about fate and how Romeo and Juliet love one another. I will be concentrating on Act 3, Scene 5. In this scene, there are a lot of different moods from Juliet mainly because she feels isolated. I will include why this scene is so important in the play and how it contrasts with other scenes too. In this scene, Shakespeare makes the audience feel sympathetic towards Juliet by using language that reflects on both Tybalt and Romeo. Before this scene, Romeo and Juliet have fallen in love at first sight. They have then planned and have had their secret marriage. They have intended to have their first night after marriage together but Romeo killed Tybalt, Juliet's cousin and now is a wanted man by the Montague family. The prince has sentenced Romeo to banishment in Mantua. In this scene, Romeo has had his first night together with Juliet and now has to leave before he is caught with Juliet. Juliet tries to convince Romeo that the birdcalls they hear are from the nightingale rather than from the lark. Romeo must leave before the morning comes as he could be caught with Juliet and will be killed anyway because of Tybalt's death. ...read more.

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When this happens, the audience feels that she is unwanted and unloved because of what her father says. This clearly shows the way Lady Capulet feels. She wants nothing to do with Juliet when she says that she doesn't want to marry Paris. This also shows that she hasn't had a real motherly relationship with Juliet; the nurse was more of a mother than Lady Capulet. Both lady Capulet and Juliet are unwilling to confront Lord Capulet because of his anger. In this scene, both parents betray Juliet so she turns to the nurse to be comforted. The nurse brought Juliet up and was the one that gave Romeo permission to marry Juliet so Juliet thinks she will help her but instead she tells her to marry Paris. Juliet's mother and father try to convince her that the marriage they have planned for her to Paris is good news and will make her feel better. However Juliet (and the audience) knows that she is panicking because she's already married to Romeo. When Lord Capulet is insulting Juliet for refusing to marry the 'young and noble' Paris, he calls her a number of hurtful and spiteful names and tells her that if she does not go to church on Thursday morning to marry Paris, he will drag her to church, similar to how a criminal would be dragged through the streets for doing a crime. ...read more.

Conclusion

When Juliet disagrees with her parent's wishes for the first time by not wanting to marry Paris, Lady Capulet says: "I would the fool were married to her grave!" here, she is basically saying that she wishes she was dead. Lady Capulet mother's words then reflect with the story at the end as Juliet actually does die. When Juliet tells her mother that she does not want to marry Paris, Lady Capulet gets very angry and tells her husband about Juliet's 'disobeying them' by not marrying Paris. Capulet gets angry and calls Juliet a 'disobedient wretch' and a 'tallow-face' and 'baggage'. During this scene, Juliet is sad and shocked that she has to marry Paris since she has just spent her first night with her husband Romeo whereas her mother feels happy that she is getting married to Paris. Lady Capulet changes her mood when she hears that Juliet denied the offer to marry and hurls insults at her. At this point, she feels enraged at Juliet's behaviour. In the Baz Luhrmann film of Romeo and Juliet, the director has changed the original setting of Verona in Italy, for a modern Verona Beach in California instead. The part of narrator throughout the tale is shown on a television screen, giving the viewer the idea that the tragic love story is unfolding on the local news and this is more modern compared to the book. ...read more.

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