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Romeo and Juliet Analysis of Act 3 Scene 5

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´╗┐In Act 3, Scene 5 Juliet?s love for Romeo is potent to the degree that she opposes and defies her father when she states ?Not proud, you have; but thankful?? Women had the ability to refuse marriage that was commonly arranged in the Elizabethan Era, however, they would be disowned by their families. It is at the end of the scene; Juliet becomes aware that she is a woman in a male-dominated world. She proclaims, ?If all else fail, myself have power to die.? She has recognised the little power she holds in society and that suicide would be the way of controlling her life. Following this defiance Capulet becomes ireful, saying, ?Proud me no prouds?? This is a pun he has utilised inventively by incorporating ?proud? as both a verb and a noun, conveying the message that he does not want to be told this and that Juliet is ungrateful of him. ...read more.


Capulet also states that Juliet is ?a whining mammet.? He is saying that she is incompetent of thinking for herself and that she is subordinate because a ?mammet? or a puppet does not work itself and has to be controlled by somebody in order for it to work. This is also highlighted several times again including when Capulet says, ?I?ll give you to my friend?? His daughter is only an item to him which is proved through his objectification of ?give.? He thinks of her as a commodity that he can give away to boost his social status and career. Capulet?s use of the phrase ?chop-logic,? meaning deceptive argumentation which is logical only in appearance, is a reference to sophism; he could see that she was well-reasoned but in truth actually fallacious and insincere. Juliet says, ?Not proud you have but thankful that you have?? She uses complicated sentence constructions in order to intimidate her father into agreement out of fear that she will be made to marry Paris. ...read more.


In Zeffirelli?s version, Romeo?s friends act brutally towards her whilst in Luhrmann?s they only light-heartedly ridicule her. Status is also shown through Shakespeare?s employment of iambic pentameter again in this scene. It is usually reserved for upper classes, however, the Nurse has one line that is written in the form: ?You are to blame, my lord, to rate her so?? She questioning the lack of upbringing Juliet has had from her father. By stating that Lord Capulet is culpable for Juliet not wanting to marry Paris, the Nurse?s love and affection for her are apparent. Luhrmann kept the use of iambic pentameter in Romeo and Juliet to appeal to a wider audience and show how universal the language and themes of Shakespeare are and how they still are present in today?s society. However, he cut much of the dialogue to appeal to the teenage audience of today with one four hundred years ago. He wanted them to be able to identify with Romeo and Juliet and understand it. By keeping some its touching, poetic innocence was not lost. ...read more.

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