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this essay I will be writing about the many different ways in which Act 3 Scene 5 is significant to the rest of the play.

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ROMEO AND JULIET COURSEWORK In what ways in Act 3 Scene 5 from "Romeo and Juliet" significant to the rest of the play? 'Romeo and Juliet' is a play written at the end of the 16th century by William Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet is a tragic play about love and its effects. Romeo and Juliet are a pair of "star crossed lovers" coming from two rival families who have always fought against each other. It is set in Verona and tells a story of "Two households both alike in dignity" from which two people fall in love. The play displays tragic irony throughout. Romeo and Juliet become secret lovers because the continuous rivalry between their parents would otherwise stop them from meeting. In this essay I will be writing about the many different ways in which Act 3 Scene 5 is significant to the rest of the play. This scene, known as the second balcony scene, is of dramatic importance and contains various moods ranging from the poetry of lovers to the fury of Juliet's father. It is the day after they got married and it is also the last time they will see each other alive. Throughout Act 3 Scene 5 the audience feels sympathy towards Juliet because of the way she is treated by her parents. They treat her with no respect or understanding throughout the scene as they both show cruelty at her refusal to marry another. ...read more.

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Nowadays, daughters and mothers usually have a very good relationship but Juliet and Lady Capulet don't. Her mother is really the nurse as she cares and looks after her. Act 3 Scene 5 is significant to the rest of the play in many ways. Through out the play there are hints of how fate will later have consequences in the play. Romeo says in Act 1 Scene 4 "...my mind misgives/Some consequence yet hanging in the stars/ Shall bitterly begin his fearful date/ With this night's revels..." This is a strange feeling that fate will take a hand at the Capulet Ball and that it will change his life. And then later in the play at the Capulet Ball he meets Juliet. Then the Nurse and Lord Capulet enter the bedroom, Lady Capulet tells him that Juliet has refused to marry Paris. Lord Capulet loses his temper and threatens to throw her out of the house and disown her if she does not change her mind. " And you be mine, I'll give you to my friend; And you be not, hang, beg, starve, die in the street". In other words, if she is his daughter he can give her hand in marriage if she refuses she is not his daughter and he won't care what happens to her. In the 16th century when the play was written, fathers had much more power and control over their daughters than today. Juliet is nearly fourteen and would have been thought of as the property of her father until married. ...read more.

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Juliet is shocked, and realises that the nurse doesn't understand or care about her deep love for Romeo. Juliet also changes her feelings towards her nurse who has been an old friend and second mother. At this point in the play you feel immense sympathy towards Juliet because she is now on her own. There is no one that Juliet can trust anymore as the nurse has left her side. This is an example of betrayal as Juliet as been betrayed by the one person that she thought she could trust. The audience may turn against the nurse at this point due to her betrayal .Her love for Romeo has rapidly changed her from her childish ways to maturity. Juliet tells the nurse she has been a great comfort and implies that she has changed her mind about marrying Paris, 'I am gone, having displeased my father, to Lawrence cell, to make confession and to be absolved'. The nurse is pleased and leaves to tell her parents. Alone now Juliet reveals her true feelings of betrayal by her nurse, and vows never to trust or share her secrets again. She feels very alone without those closest to her and leaves to see the Friar. 'I'll to the Friar to know his remedy, if all else fails, myself have the power to die.' Juliet is so desperate now that she will even take her own life. This is ironic as she does actually kill herself. Juliet has learned to only trust herself and if the Friar cannot help her she will kill herself. By Sam Freeman 11P 1 ...read more.

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