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Romeo and Juliet is a play about conflict. By exploring Act 3 scene 5 explain how this theme is presented.

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Romeo and Juliet is a play about conflict. By exploring Act 3 scene 5 explain how this theme is presented. Romeo and Juliet is a play motivated by conflict and conflict means a struggle between two or more things. Although the conflict between the two houses "Montague" and "Capulet" act 3 scene 5 concentrates on the inner conflict of the houses especially between "Lord" Capulet and his daughter Juliet. At this time of the play being Shown Men had power over women and this is shown by Juliet as she calls Capulet her "lord" before she calls him "father". Capulet also expects constant obedience from Juliet and by him saying "I doubt it not" he has confidence of Juliet obeying him. Lord Capulet demonstrates conflict by insulting Juliet as she refused to marry Paris as her parents are unaware she is already married to Romeo. ...read more.

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Juliet distraught at this point turns to the last person Juliet's nurse in which she is comforted by as she is the only person in which knows about Juliet and Romeo and even though the nurse stands up for Juliet while Capulet is in the scene and in a way ends up in his "bad books". When the nurse hears that if Juliet doesn't marry Paris she will be kicked out and therefore the Capulets will throw her out to as she will have no one to look after anymore and so advises Juliet on her own well being to marry Paris "I think it's best if you marry with the county" which Juliet is shocked by this as it was the Nurse who told Juliet it was alright to marry Romeo. Juliet becomes shocked by this and this feeling of betrayal adds to the conflict of this scene. ...read more.

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At this time if people did something it was thought god was making them do it and so suggests that god is to blame and cannot be trusted which criticises the church heavily. The church thought whatever happens god intended it to happen and yet in the play it says "star crossed lovers" and the "yoke of inauspicious stars" which implies the stars and things like horoscopes determine the future and not god. Through out the play Women are shown more favourably than men this might have been because at the time Elisabeth the 1st was on the throne and it was her who stopped the church closing down theatres so Shakespeare might have been trying to flatter the queen with strong willed women. I think that Shakespeare showed a great deal of conflict in this scene through the story line and yet there are so many points of views why Romeo and Juliet died that the discussions will rise up for years to come. ...read more.

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This student started well but faded towards the end. They really needed to look in more detail at the language used during the conflict in this scene.
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