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Shakespeare coursework Romeo and Juliet: Act 3 Scene 5

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Shakespeare coursework assignment Romeo and Juliet: Act 3 Scene 5 This scene is approximately at the mid point of the play. It begins with Romeo and Juliet, spending there first night together, as a married couple. Romeo then leaves hastily as Lady Capulet enters Juliet's bedroom. She mistakenly thinks that Juliet is mourning the death of Tybalt; however the audience is aware that her tears are for Romeo and Juliet speaks ambiguously throughout when in conversation with her mother. She informs Juliet of her proposed marriage to County Paris, a rich and handsome cousin of the family. Predictably, Juliet reacts angrily and unequivocally expresses her discord and anger. This atmosphere is soon halted as Capulet also enters the bedroom. He, like his wife, is unaware of the real cause of Juliet's sorrow, and comforts her. However, he soon realises that she opposes the wedding and is unwilling to go through with it. Capulet is surprised, as this is in stark contrast to Juliet's attitude at the beginning of the play, before she had met Romeo. Capulet expects gratitude, but instead is faced with rejection; this leads him to explode with anger. He is infuriated with his daughter, whom he thought he knew. Juliet is then submitted to foul insults and threats from him, Capulet even shouts at the nurse, as she tried to intervene. Capulet and Lady Capulet then leave. Juliet is left alone with the nurse. She expects to find solace and comfort in her, but the nurse has also taken a sharp U-turn and advises Juliet to abandon her romance with Romeo and abide by her parents wishes. ...read more.

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Throughout this time Juliet is listening fearfully at the father's terrorization of her, "hang, beg, starve die in the streets". Likewise the audience is also in trepidation, over how Juliet will overcome this, and her emotional state of mind. Capulet then exits, with his concluding words being, "I'll not be forsworn" implying that he is unwilling to break the oath that he has made to Paris's family, for anyone. Even though, Capulet has left the atmosphere is continuous, as Juliet, has a premonition of her death. "make the bridal bed in that dim monument where Tybalt lies." Juliet is pleading to her mother, that if she does not adjourn the wedding, she may as well lie down her dead body, next to Tybalt's, "delay this marriage, for a month, a week;". Lady Capulet is unyielding towards Juliet, and tells her not to speak to her, "Talk not to me", and leaves the stage. Now with only the nurse and Juliet, the atmosphere is somewhat relived, as the two parents exit. But it is clear that Juliet is still distressed and turns to her nurse for comfort. "O nurse how can this be prevented?" The nurse is the only person in Juliet's life, who she trusts and cares for, as she has had a distance relationship with her mother, and she was the one who instigated the marriage and encouraged Juliet. Consequently it comes as a great shock when the nurse tells Juliet that marring Paris is her best option. ...read more.

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"God-i-goden" he says, telling her to clear off and showing utter disregard for her feelings. In Capulets mind, he as her father, has all right over his daughter, and can dictate her life, this is evident as he says "You be mine, I'll give you to my friend". Leaving Juliet powerless and unable to sway him on the matter. Capulet storms out, leaving Juliet sobbing on her knees., and the nurse and Lady Capulet standing dazed and in Lady Capulets case, leering at the spectacle which they have just witnessed before them. The scene also consists of superbly varied language. This scene opens with Romeo and Juliet, the speech at this moment, is highly poetic and can easily be mistaken for poetry. Their love for each other is very apparent, as Juliet is reluctant to let Romeo leave. "Wilt thou be gone?" she asks, referring to the day as the "lark" and night as "the nightingale." Romeo also speaks dramatically and his language is full of imagination and imagery. "Nights candles are burnt out, and jocund day stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops", trying to say to Juliet that night has gone and he must leave. Another example of this type of poetry is when Juliet describes the reflection of the edge of the moon as, "the pale reflex of Cynthia's brow" Cynthia being the moon goddess. There is also desperation in her language, as both of them are unwilling to leave each other, and irony is that it is the last time they will be together, therefore this language has a lasting effect on the audience. ...read more.

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