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Romeo and Juliet - The Language of Act3, Scene5.

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Introduction

ROMEO and JULIET The Language of Act3, Scene5. The scene opens peacefully and gently. Lines 1-25 are highly poetic to reflect the beauty of the romantic scene. The reference to birdsong adds to the pleasure the audience feel at seeing the lovers happy together. The close description and figurative language (metaphors in this case) create vivid imagery which enables the audience to picture what is taking place outside the bedroom window. For example: 'Night's candles are burnt out' Notice how the long vowel sounds, up to line 16, reinforce the idea of Juliet's sleepiness and create a dreamy quality. Line 17 on - Still poetic, but more short words and vowel sounds as Romeo's reluctance to leave intensifies and the pace quickens, adding to the sense of drama and excitement. Line 26-35 Juliet's words introduce less pleasant images, reflecting the fear and sorrow she is experiencing: 'straining harsh discords', 'loathed toad', 'affray', 'hunting. These lines also show that Juliet is now fully awake and conscious of the danger to Romeo(and herself). They illustrate how unhappy she is becoming at the thought of parting from her new husband. Line 36 - A foreshadowing of what will happen later in the play. The firs t real ominous note, that with the growing light of day, the darkness of separation and unhappiness will follow. ...read more.

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Lady C. 'Evermore weeping' Juliet 'Yet let me weep for such a feeling loss Lady C. '....feel the loss,,,,' The gap in their relationship enables Juliet to mislead her mother when Lady C. is explaining how she has arranged to have Romeo murdered. This allows Juliet to talk at cross purposes with her mother between lines 80 - 102. Juliet can't reveal that she loves Romeo but she has to pretend that she wants revenge for Tybalt's death. Juliet has to be very quick-witted here and has to juggle Carefully with her words. Lines 104 - 115 Lady Capulet thinks that she is bringing good news. Lines 116 - 117 Juliet's initial reaction an outburst, an emphatic refusal Lines 118 - 123 Realising that she has done the wrong thing by openly opposing Her parents' wishes, Juliet adopts a more cautious and polite approach. This is a long sentence which twists and turns reflecting Juliet's quick thiking. Lines 126 -138 Capulet's first speech to Juliet contains many references to weather: 'sun', 'dew', 'rains', tempests', 'winds'. He thinks he's bringing good news which will brighten Juliet up and dry her tears. In line 124, Lady Capulet had more or less washed her hands of Juliet, 'tell him so yourself'. ...read more.

Conclusion

Line 204 In desperation Juliet turns to her Nurse for help. Notice the religious Overtones in the language. Line 213 - Nurse's advice begins 'Faith...' as if to reply to Juliet in the same religious vein and to let Juliet know that she is speaking the truth. Nurse contrasts Romeo unfavourably with Paris in an effort to persuade Juliet to put him behind her. Line 226 Question emphasises Juliet's disbelief; she can't accept that her best friend would let her down in this way. Line227 Nurse tries to convince Juilet that what she has said is for the best. Line 228 Juliet's 'Amen' short and sharp. Sounds very cold and final. It's usually the end of a prayer, what end does it signify here? Line 229 Nurse's 'What?' Does she sense that Juliet means more than, 'Thanks, That's the end of the discussion'? Line 230 Juliet's reply has a hollow, bitter tone. Line 235. 'Ancient damnation.....' Juliet cursing the Nurse (and perhaps the feud) 'Thou and my bosom henceforth shall be twain.' Their friendship is finished. Juliet feels betrayed. Juliet is now isolated, has no one but Friar Lawrence to turn to. Line 242 The final and very chilling line which reveals Juliet's decision kill herself rather than marry Paris and so betray Romeo. This act of desperation emphasises the strength of her love and echoes Romeo's willingness to face death for Juliet's sake at the start of the scene. ...read more.

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