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Romeo and Juliet essay How do the emotions of Juliet and the audience change throughout Act 3 Scene 5? Romeo and Juliet was written in 1595 by William Shakespeare. The play was set around 100 years before it was written. It was based on a story, which Shakespeare has read which was called 'The Tragically History of Romeo and Juliet', by Arthur Brooke, which was published in 1562. The play was set in Verona, a city in Italy and the story had such an effect on Shakespeare that he adapted it to suit his own ideas and turned it into a play. It could be seen that he had written the play to underline the status of fathers and daughters at that time since at the same sort of time, he wrote 'A Midsummer's Night Dream' which also involves a daughter wanting to marry someone against her father's will. This play, unlike Romeo and Juliet, is a comedy production. The audience are already prepared to feel sympathy for Juliet because the long chain of events started as soon as she said her first line in Act 1 Scene 3. When lady Capulet asked Juliet "How stands your disposition to be married?" she asks Juliet whether she wants to get married to Paris. From Juliet's answer we see that she was a very young, protected from life and innocent girl- "It is an honour that I dream not of". ...read more.


happy but does not yet condemn Juliet she simply says "Here comes your father; tell him so yourself, And see how he will take it at your hands." Basically meaning 'tell your father and see how he reacts'. The third part in the scene is between Lord Capulet and Juliet. At first we see that lord Capulet is confused by Juliet's disobedience to marry Paris and he is slightly stunned because in them times ladies were seen to obey the man of the house, so Lord Capulet was not used to being disobeyed. But his confusion is soon gone an transformed in to anger and rage we know this because of the language he uses and the names he calls her such as "Out, you green-sickness carrion! Out, you baggage! You tallow-face!" now these days these insults would not be to offensive, but in them times they were just as nasty and disgusting as our modern day insults. In this part Juliet is frightened we know this because she says "Good father, I beseech you on my knees" this gives us the view that she is begging him to listen and understand her point of view. Once lady and lord caplet have left, it leaves Juliet and the nurse for the next part. This is a key part in the scene for it shows the breakdown in relationship between nurse and Juliet, and the stage play would be critical in this scene. ...read more.


Romeo is strong hearted, has a mind of his own and is very clever with words. The nurse is crude yet is very caring but is in a predicament because she loves Juliet as her own but cannot disobey lord Capulet or she will loose her job, she also knows If Juliet runs away with Romeo then she would loose her job so in my opinion that is also part of the reason she tells Juliet to marry Paris. We as the audience sympathise for Juliet because of her predicament, she has no one left; her mother and father want nothing to do with her and the nurse has betrayed her. She has nowhere to go. The only person she has left now is her husband- Romeo but he is banished or he will die; and because of the way she has been treated. Everything has happened so fast in such a short space of time everything has changed. Juliet has little choices left and she is running out of time to make them. In my opinion, Act 3 Scene 5 of "Romeo and Juliet" is a key scene to the play. The way in which the scene is written and structured is fantastic and has room for very little improvement. To see this acted out on a stage would be a great privilege for any one. From this scene alone we get a very good idea on what the characters in this scene are like, and how they are supposed to be portrayed. ...read more.

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