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Romeo + Juliet Act 3 Scene 5

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How does Shakespeare make the audience feel sorry for Juliet in the second part of Act 3, Scene 5? Romeo and Juliet is a play about two "star cross'd lovers" who cannot unite due to their feuding families. The second part of Act 3, Scene 5 is key because it devises an impossible situation which can only lead to a tragic end. It also develops audience's involvement by engaging our sympathy with Juliet. Dramatic irony is used in the scene and is revisited throughout the play. During the scene, Juliet is told she has to marry Paris, but refuses which causes an argument between her and her parents. This scene reflects the theme of opposites that run through the play by creating contrast through the different changes in atmosphere and the different sides of Capulet. There is a change in atmosphere between the two halves of the scene; at the beginning of the scene we meet Juliet in her lover's arms using romantic vocabulary whereas at the end of the scene, we leave Juliet feeling isolated and without a support system throwing insults and threats. This contrast has been made to emphasise the negativity and reflects back to the themes of conflict and opposites the play bases itself on. ...read more.


Shakespeare makes Capulet seem so caring at the start of this scene to create contrast in the scene. It becomes more shocking that he has turned on her because Capulet, before, was using positive poetic language comparing Juliet's tears to a storm, to show that he is worried about her grief. . In addition, that he has this aggressive side to him. The effect on the audience is that they start to feel more sympathetic to her. Capulet repeats 'out' several times such as "Out, you green-sickness carrion! Out, you baggage!" This meaning that he won't support her anymore, but also reinforcing the threat to throw her out. The audience feel sorry for Juliet as she respectfully tries to stand up for herself and refuse to marry Paris. Also, Capulet insults Juliet by saying "One is too much, And that we have a curse in having her." Capulet indicates that he wishes she had never been born; in spite of his insults, Juliet still calls Capulet "Good Father", treats with him with respect, and tries hard not to be rude. Witnessing this, the audience feel even sorrier for Juliet and want to defend her. ...read more.


Juliet declares "make the bridal be, in that dim monument where Tybalt lies." This foreshadows their death and give the audience a reminder about what the prologue was all about. Juliet being alone on stage making a dramatic speech to the audience illustrates the loneliness and isolation she is feeling currently. Furthermore, it also shows that she rather die than marry Paris. This makes the audience feel even more sympathetic for her. This scene leaves the audience feeling sorry for Juliet as through one scene we see Juliet's whole world and support system either leave or fall apart and this is something everyone in the audience can relate or sympathise to. A modern audience's feelings towards Juliet would be different to as those of a Shakespearean audience. Shakespearean females would mostly sympathise with Juliet as at those times, women were not allowed to choose who they would marry but it was their parents' choice. A modern audience would not feel sympathetic towards Juliet, because towards the end of the scene; Juliet portrayed herself as being childish and she took a childish approach after she did not get her own way. Alternatively, a modern audience would also feel slightly sorry for Juliet as even sitting in the audience, you can feel that loneliness, isolation and abandonment that Juliet is feeling. ?? ?? ?? ?? Ogheneserome Ogboru 10E ...read more.

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