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ROMEO & JULIET ESSAY In this essay I am going to be focusing on Act 3 Scene 5. I am going to examine the means by which Shakespeare encourages the audience to feel sorry for Juliet and lays the foundation for the tragedy to come. Act 3 Scene 5 consists of 5 different events. Each event shows Juliet in an emotional state. In the beginning of the scene Juliet is with Romeo. Shakespeare uses poetic language to describe the pairs love for each other. "Pomegranate tree", "candles" and "misty mountain tops" are mentioned. This creates and conveys a poem rather than a conversation. It shows that their love is true and blissful. Romeo is Juliet's life. "Then window let day in and let life out". The audience feels sorry for because it seems like she has no life. When Romeo leaves he takes her life with him, without him she has nothing to live for. ...read more.


When Capulet enters and asks Lady Capulet if she has delivered the news, she responds saying "I would the fool were married to her grave". Lady Capulet is wishing she is dead, this is the omen for the future of Juliet's life. The relationship between Juliet and her father is similar to master and a slave. Everything he says has to be obeyed. Lord Capulet says "Have you delivered to her our decree". A decree is a law ,made by someone in authority that has to be complied with. This would suggest that he rules the family and what he says stands, there is no discussion. Lord Capulet is a very dominating man who believes no-one else can have their own ideas because in his eyes they are wrong. He believes Juliet should do everything he wants her to be as everything she has came from him. "Or I will drag thee on a hurdley thither" This shows he is also a violent man threatening to "drag" her to the church. ...read more.


The audience feels sorry for Juliet because she is being forced into marrying Paris and if not she risks losing her family and her life. Juliet replies "thou has comforted me marvellous much" in a sarcastic tone. This shows the audience that the nurse hasn't helped her at all. In the final section of Act 3 Scene 5 Juliet is alone, she is talking to the audience as if they are a mirror image of herself. The audience feels sorry for her because they realise how much she is in love with Romeo. She says she can't go on without him, they are as one. "If all else fails, myself have power to die". Juliet is saying if she can't have Romeo, then she doesn't want to live. Juliet is stuck in the middle, she can't live with him because of their family dispute and she can't live without him because she is so in love. This is also an omen for the finale of Shakespeare's Play. In conclusion Act 3 Scene 5 encourages the audience to empathise with Juliet as she goes through the different emotions of her life. Stephanie Prosperino ...read more.

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