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Romeo and JulietExplore the significance of Act 3 scene 5 in relation to the mood of the play.

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Explore the significance of Act 3 scene 5 in relation to the mood of the play. Act 3 scene 5 is significant because its right in the middle and therefore it is very critical. The mood of the play up to this scene is very happy and romantic. After this scene the mood changes, this makes this scene a turning point. The main themes of this play are love and hate and light and dark, which I shall talk about later. In this scene Romeo and Juliet are happy because they are going to be spending their wedding night together, but they are sad because Romeo is going to have to leave in the morning and go to exile because he murdered Tybalt. The mood of the scene reflects the mood of the play .At the beginning of the scene, the mood is happy. Gradually through the scene the mood of the scene worsens. The mood goes from happy to confusion to violence to sorrow. When Romeo is with Juliet at the start of the scene the mood is happy because Romeo is spending his wedding night with Juliet. Then the scene gradually goes into a bit of confusion, when Lady Capulet thinks Juliet is upset because of the death of her cousin Tybalt when she actually upset because Romeo has left. ...read more.

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She is pretending that it is not yet morning. This tells us that Juliet's character is frivolous. Juliet's character would have been played by a young boy, because women weren't allowed to act in theatres in those days. This would have made the audience use their imagination that the young boy who was playing the role was actually Juliet. Lord Capulet is portrayed as quite a jolly character at the beginning of the play when he is speaking to Paris about marrying Juliet and he is fond of Juliet, but towards the end of Act 3 scene 5 he is angry towards her and disowns her. We see this when he says 'I tell thee what: get thee to church a Thursday, or never after look me in the face'. Here we see a completely different side to Lord Capulet. The alteration of the characters we see in Act 3 scene 5 makes this scene pivotal to the whole play. This adds drama to the scene because it makes the scene more dramatic and it creates more tension as well. Lord Capulet also creates tension by using assonance; this quickens the pace and makes it more immediate and sharp. Lord Capulet also quickens the pace by using punctuation such as commas more often. ...read more.

Conclusion

What she means is that she would die because of the two families hate rather then stay away from her love; this is shown in the beginning of Act 3 scene 5 when Romeo and Juliet are talking to each other about their love and Romeo says 'Let me tane, let me put to death' what he means by this is that let me captured or be put to death because of their families hatred. In Act 3 scene 5 when Romeo and Juliet have just spent the night together Romeo says 'More light and light, more dark and dark our woes!' which means that the lighter it becomes the sooner he will leave and the darker their families relationship will become. In Act 2 scene 2 when Romeo advances the Capulet's Orchard he says 'It is the east, and Juliet is the sun'. Shakespeare uses light and dark to show imagery in this scene. When he describes Juliet as being the sun, because the sun is bright. I think overall that Act 3 scene 5 is a significant part of the play, because it is the part where the mood of the play changes from a happy and romantic to foreboding tragedy. The tragedy that happens in this play is that both the lovers die, because of the hatred of the two families. Act 3 scene 5 also embodies the mood's movement of the whole play. ...read more.

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