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Why is Act 3 scene5 important to the play as a whole? Romeo and Juliet

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Why is Act 3 scene5 important to the play as a whole? 'NAME': Romeo and Juliet Coursework: This extract is important t the play as a whole because this is the scene in which we see Romeo has to leave for Mantua as morning breaks, but as can be expected Juliet doesn't want Romeo leave, we hear birdsong and Juliet claims that "it was the nightingale and not the lark" which shows that Juliet wants to spend longer with Romeo and she tells him that it was a bird of the night and not one of the day, she is uneasy at the fact of not seeing Romeo again scares her so she goes on to claim that "Yond light is not daylight ... It is some meteor that the sun exhales" Again here she try's to persuade Romeo to stay a while longer. It is in this extract we see the biggest change of a character, and that change is in Juliet she matures, and for the first time she goes against her mother as when her mother tells her "Marry my child, early next Thursday morn" this is when she goes against her mother by saying "Now by St. Peters church and St. Peter too, he shall not make me there a joyful bride" in this quote she is swearing by the church not to marry County Paris. ...read more.


It is then at this point after her fathers insult calling her a "tallow face" that she begins to beg her father saying "I beseech you on my knees hear me with patience but to speak a word" she wants her father to stay quiet while she puts her side across. Lady Capulet towards the beginning of the scene she is excited at the announcement if the marriage when she says "nor I looked for" she says this after telling Juliet that the marriage has been arranged, but when Juliet goes against her mother's wishes, her mother is shocked as before this scene she has always been respectful towards her mother, her mother doesn't know what to say she simply 'refers' Juliet to Lord Capulet by saying "here comes your father, tell him so yourself." It is at this point that you see Lady Capulet's once confident character subdued by Juliet's' once quiet character. Her father is not so easy to subdue, as he attacks Juliet straight away with "doth she not count her blest, Unworthy as she is, that we have wrought so worthy a gentleman to be her bride?" and as Juliet is soon to be fourteen Lord Capulet wants to get rid of her and literally 'give her away' and Juliet begins to beg him and he loses control saying how his "fingers itch" meaning that he wants ...read more.


Then a little later when Lady Capulet informs he is "too hot" she would roll down his sleeves as though his sleeves were almost an 'anger control' and therefore calming him down. If both an modern and Elizabethan audience were to see this play at the same time, their reactions would be very different, because, a modern audience would be more on the side of Juliet as modern people think more along the lines of an 'independent woman' and would think that she was within her rights to object like she did, and that her parents were out of order for trying to force her to marry at the age of fourteen. Where-as an Elizabethan audience would think entirely the opposite as in those time it was custom for upper class young women to be married off to rich young bachelors at the turn of their fourteenth birthday. At the end of this play I would expect both audiences to feel differently, a modern audience would feel upset for Juliet as everyone including the nurse deserts her. Where-as an Elizabethan would feel quite ok with the fact that Juliet has been left with no-one even after Juliet has said she may well commit suicide, after telling her mother to "make the bridal bed in that dim monument where Tybalt lies." (graded "A") ...read more.

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