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What do you learn about Juliet's relationship with her parents and the nurse in Act 3 scene 5 (lines 68 to the end of the scene) Why is this scene so dramatically important to the rest of the play? How does Shakespeare use language and dramatically device

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GCSE ENGLISH AND LITERATURE COURSEWORK SHAKESPEARE UNIT: 'ROMEO AND JULIET' What do you learn about Juliet's relationship with her parents and the nurse in Act 3 scene 5 (lines 68 to the end of the scene) Why is this scene so dramatically important to the rest of the play? How does Shakespeare use language and dramatically devices effectively? In my presentation of Romeo and Juliet I gave a background to the play. The play Romeo and Juliet is about two star crossed lovers whose lives end up in a tragedy that brings two feuding families together. Before the start of this scene, there had been a fray between the Montague and the Capulet families. The fray ended with the death of Romeo's friend Mercutio and the death of Tybalt, Juliet's cousin who is killed by Romeo. The death of Tybalt causes Romeo to be banished from the city of Verona. Juliet hears of the incident and is upset, but grateful Romeo is still alive. In Act 3 Juliet impatiently waits for the arrival of Romeo. The nurse brings her news, that Romeo had been banished. She experiences strong emotional reactions. She uses oxymorons in her speech, which shows her conflicting emotions towards Romeo. ...read more.

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Also Lady Capulet makes no attempt to try and understand her daughter's feelings as a mother of today might have done. She also mentions she would rather "the fool be married to her grave!" than to have Juliet disobey both Lord Capulet and her. In that statement Shakespeare uses the dramatic device of foreshadowing, Lady Capulet is unwittingly predicting what will happen later on in the play. In the scene between Juliet and her father, Lord Capulet asks Lady Capulet if she had delivered the news of their arranged marriage. Lady Capulet reveals to him that Juliet has refused to marry Paris. "Ay sir; but she will none" Lord Capulet's mood changes immediately. He is perplexed and furious over her disobedience. "How how, how how? Choplogic! What is this?" Juliet attempts to explain to her father. "Good father, I beseech you on my knees, hear me with patience but to speak a word." Lord Capulet is annoyed at her attempt to explain. "Speak not, reply not" Lord Capulet accuses Juliet of her ingratitude. He calls her a "young baggage!" and a "disobedient wretch" He then threatens to strike her "my fingers itch" He threatens to disinherit her if she fails to obey his commands. ...read more.

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The scene ends with Juliet stating, "If all else fail, myself have power to die! She is saying if all hope fails her life is in her hands and she can kill herself. In that statement Shakespeare uses the device of foreshadowing, to give the audience a hint about what is going to happen later in the play. This scene is very important to the whole play. Shakespeare portrays the characters in different aspects. Shakespeare uses a lot of dramatic irony in this scene. Lady Capulet believes Juliet is mourning over Tybalt, but Juliet is mourning over the loss of Romeo. When Lady Capulet mentions sending a servant to poison Romeo, Shakespeare uses ironic foreshadowing of Romeo's poison at his own hands. I summed it up by saying; this scene helps us to the relationship between Juliet and her parents as well as the nurse. It also informs us about the historical context of 17th century expectations of parents, by their aspirations and their word being laws. We also see how Shakespeare uses different dramatic devices and language throughout this scene to increase the tension and interest from the audience. Juliet answers her mum ambiguously. In the part between herself and her mother, we can see her devotion for Romeo as she is prepared to deceive her parents, for the sake of Romeo. ...read more.

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