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Romeo & Juliet Act 3 Scene 5.

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Romeo & Juliet Act 3 Scene 5 is a very important and emotional scene because it shows huge development in both plot and character as well ass a wide variety of language. Before this scene, Romeo of the House of Montague fell in love with Juliet - a Capulet. The Capulets were feuding with the Montagues. Romeo and Juliet were secretly married by Friar Lawrence on the same day Romeo killed Tybalt, who himself killed Mercutio. Just before this scene, Lord Capulet and Paris arranged the marriage which prepares us for the dramatic irony in this scene. Act 3 Scene 5 begins after Romeo and Juliet just spent their wedding night together. This scene is dramatic because Romeo and Juliet begin with a non-serious argument (an aubade) about whether it is morning or night. As Romeo leaves, Juliet has a premonition about never seeing him alive again. Romeo tells her everything will be fine and then leaves. It is the last time they see each other alive. After he leaves, Lady Capulet enters and they talk about Tybalt's death and then Lady Capulet tells Juliet about the planned wedding. Juliet is horrified and angry. Lord Capulet enters and he becomes angry and threatens to throw Juliet out if she disobeys him. Juliet appeals to Lady Capulet and Nurse but they both refuse to help her. ...read more.

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"...shall give him such an unaccustomed dram that he shall soon keep Tybalt company." When Juliet refuses the marriage, Lady Capulet quickly shows shock and anger and goes to extreme in this by saying: "I would the fool were married to her grave", when Lord Capulet comes in. At the end of the scene she shows that she is not very maternal when she refuses to help Juliet get out of the wedding. This may be because she is jealous of Juliet, scared of Lord Capulet or just doesn't like Juliet. We also see a different side to the nurse in this scene. At first she shows that she can be quite brave when she stands up to Lord Capulet to protect Juliet, to whom she has been more of a mother than Lady Capulet. She has been a trusted friend and confidante to Juliet over her relationship with Romeo. At the end of the scene when she tells Juliet to marry Paris: "I think it best you married with the County", Juliet sees this as a betrayal but we don't know if it was betrayal, selfishness (the nurse not wanting to risk being fired by Lord Capulet) or whether it was her genuine opinion. A good deal of the drama in this scene is down to Lord Capulet's behaviour towards Juliet. When he first enters he is sympathetic and caring about his daughter in her show sadness over Tybalt but this soon turns to agitation when he hears of her blunt refusal to marry Paris. ...read more.

Conclusion

His use of questions after this (e.g. "How will she none? Doth she not give us thanks? Is she not proud? Doth she not count her blessed, unworthy as she is, that we have wrought so worthy a gentleman to be her bride?") show his confusion and the pace quickens again leading to his growing anger which is reflected in his use of violent language and brief violent action. Examples of this are: "Out you green-sickness carrion, out you baggage, you tallow-face!" "Hang thee young baggage, disobedient wretch!" "My fingers itch." This style of language and mood of fear and danger strongly contrasts with the mood of joy and beauty of the aubade at the start of the scene. Juliet uses religious images in her pleas for help to Lady Capulet and her nurse, e.g.: "O God!" "My husband is on earth, my faith in heaven;" and when Lady Capulet and the nurse both reject and 'betray' her, she shows a deep amount of stress and grief. "Ancient damnation! O most wicked fiend!" The scene ends with a short soliloquy by Juliet, stating how if Friar Lawrence cannot help her she will resort to suicide to end her grief. The scene ends in a mood of despair which contrasts the happy start of the scene. This particular scene achieves its dramatic impact in the clever and emotional language used throughout the scene and the development of each of the characters. ...read more.

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