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Write a commentary on Act 3 scene 5 bringing out its dramatic qualities and show how they relate to the play as a whole.

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Romeo and Juliet Coursework June 2003 Write a commentary on Act 3 scene 5 bringing out its dramatic qualities and show how they relate to the play as a whole. When William Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet towards the end of the 16th century Queen Elizabeth was on the Throne. The women's place was in the home, however. A daughter obeyed her father, and a wife obeyed her husband. Women weren't seen as being equal in society. One consequence of this was that there were no women actors on the Elizabethan stage. Males played parts that were female. Act 3 scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet is a crucial scene in the play. It reveals a lot about the play as a whole, It leaves us with questions, such as where/what Juliet will resort to next and the scene indicates how the play will turn out. The scene begins with Romeo and Juliet waking up in bed together the morning after their wedding ceremony. ...read more.

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Lady Capulet continues to be oblivious to all of the comments made by Juliet, and she is satisfied as she thinks Juliet wants Romeo dead. Lady Capulet tells Juliet that her father has a plan "to put thee from thy heaviness". She means her father's plan (for Juliet to be married) will stop her sadness. Again, this is a form of dramatic irony, as a marriage that her father arranged would be the worst thing for Juliet. Juliet is already married, but she cant tell her parents. Romeo is meant to have been banished. Also, she cant commit bigamy and marry again, but, she also cant disobey her father, and refuse. Capulet enters, and asks if Juliet knows about the proposal. He sees her in tears. Lady Capulet explains that Juliet isn't grateful, and doesn't want to get married. Suddenly, the "careful father" turns aggressive and violent. He is meant to have and show caring for his daughter instead, he turns out to be money-obsessed and angry and starts to insult Juliet. ...read more.

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Juliet would be feeling very alone, as the nurse, who practically raised her from when she was a baby, is telling her to forget Romeo. Her parents think he is a villain and are arranging to have him poisoned. But when the nurse insults Romeo that really would be the final straw. Juliet can't believe what she is hearing. Juliet tells the nurse to tell Capulet that she will be going to confess. This is what would've happened before an Elizabethan wedding. She is really going to see the friar to ask for help with her situation with Romeo. The scene ends with Juliet saying, "I'll to the friar to know his remedy; If all else fail, myself have power to die". The reference to suicide indicates how the ending will conclude. This scene raises questions, such as 'is death necessary to bring the situation to a conclusion?' Act 3 scene 5 is a vital scene in the play as we learn a lot from each character, and it shows the violent passion underlining love in the play. By Natalie Clowes, 10M ...read more.

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