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Shakespeare's use of tension in Act 3 Scene 5 is used in perfect amounts - slowly at first when Romeo doesn't leave Juliet's room immediately, and powerfully during Juliet's anger towards her arranged marriage to Paris

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Introduction

Romeo & Juliet It begins with Romeo leaving Juliet's bedroom passing through the window, and Juliet is petitioning him to stay. She is cautious of him being caught, but he seems to not have a care in the world, and acts in a carefree manner, as if he is almost unaware of the danger he is placing himself in. He is finally convinced to leave by the Nurse, who warns them both that Juliet's mother is looking for her. Juliet's mother then begins to talk to her about Tybalt's death - at this point, everything Juliet says has double meaning - for example, in response to Lady Capulet's advice on how to grieve for Tybalt, she replies "Yet let me weep for such a feeling loss". She is referring to Romeo's having to leave her presence, not mourning Tybalt's death as Lady Capulet believes. Further proof of this is evidenced when she after being told that Lady Capulet plans to poison Romeo in revenge for Tybalt's death, she says "Indeed I never shall be satisfied with Romeo, till I behold him - dead - is my poor heart...". ...read more.

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Juliet: O God, I have an ill-divining soul! Methinks I see thee now, thou art so low, as one dead in the bottom of a tomb. Either my eyesight fails, our thou look'st pale. Romeo: And trust me, love, in my eye so do you: dry sorrow drinks our blood. Adieu, adieu! The scene where Juliet's mother arrives is perhaps the most intriguing. She surprises Juliet by bringing up the subject of marriage, at a time when she has just married Romeo. She unequivocally refuses both because of her feelings towards Romeo, and also her religion - marrying Paris would amount to polygamy, a practice which is strictly forbidden by Juliet's religion. She reacts angrily to the suggestion, and her reasons for doing so are spoken in double meaning, whereby each statement could either be referring to her love of Romeo, or the hatred that her mother believes she is directing toward him as a result of his killing Tybalt. ...read more.

Conclusion

The similarities in both are evident both in dialogue and setting - Romeo's almost poetic soliloquies about Juliet's beauty and life being finite - are present in both scenes, as is the actual plot of both - Juliet's decision to let Romeo leave in Act 3 Scene 5 proves to be a fateful one, as he kills Tybalt out of revenge for Mercutio's death, and also in Act 5 Scene 3, as her decision to go along with Friar Lawrence's plan to fake her death. Shakespeare's use of tension in Act 3 Scene 5 is used in perfect amounts - slowly at first when Romeo doesn't leave Juliet's room immediately, and powerfully during Juliet's anger towards her arranged marriage to Paris. To achieve this, Shakespeare masterfully balanced both dialogue and plot to subconsciously build the audience up to the point where she is in effect abandoned by her family, as we know she cannot carry out her father's ultimatum with regards to marrying Paris. Shakespeare manages to shift our perspective of the play so it feels as if we are seeing the events unfold through Juliet's eyes. ...read more.

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