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Romeo and Juliet is full of exciting incidents which are intertwined to create the interesting plot itself.

The audience have already witnessed many key events in Act 3 Scene 5.  Romeo has already spent his first night with Juliet in her chamber at the house of Capulet. The audience are shocked with the unexpected arrivance of Lady Capulet.

“Your lady mother is coming to your chamber”

Here we see the nurse trying to warn Juliet that her mother is about to walk into her room. This immediately makes Romeo try and escape from the Capulet house via the famous balcony. Only moments after his escape, Lady Capulet arrives. She finds Juliet crying and Lady Capulet is made to think that Juliet is crying out of sympathy towards the death of her cousin Tybalt, however she is crying over Romeo’s departure. Then Lady Capulet tells Juliet the ‘good news’ which is that she is to get married to Paris the following Thursday. This causes even more distress for Juliet.

Due to the fact that Lady Capulet believes that Juliet is crying over Tybalt, she informs Juliet that if she wishes, she can have Romeo assassinated; she says this to try and make Juliet feel better however this has the total opposite effect on Juliet.

At this point, Juliet refuses to marry Paris, which creates suspense for the audience, as they do not know what is going to happen next. Juliet is already beginning to be rejected by her own mother and this fact makes the audience rather more intrigued.

Not before long, Capulet finds out about the situation and Juliet’s refusal to marry Paris. This is the point where the audience realise the cold heartedness of Capulet and his role as a detached father. He shows anger and violence towards Juliet, saying he will disown her if she does not do as he wishes.

“Hang thee, young baggage! Disobedient wretch!”

Lord Capulet is not interested in the feelings of his own daughter but cares more about his status in society and would rather his daughter be married to a noble prince.

Later on in this scene, the audience are presented with the betrayal of the nurse as she goes against Juliet’s trust and suggests to her that maybe it is best if she was to forget about Romeo and marry Paris.

This leaves Juliet with one last hope; the Friar.

The audience feel more interested at this point, as they know that some sort of plan is about to be unveiled and something obviously is going to stir up further action.

Throughout the play, various different characteristics are shown, which gradually become more apparent as the play develops. In act 3 scene 5, what we know is confirmed.

Juliet had evidently expressed her love towards Romeo in various different ways. She is portrayed to be a loyal, kind and devoted wife to Romeo and we know this for two different reasons. At such a young age, although she may sound naïve, Juliet has made the decision to marry a man whom she barely knows which shows the audience her deep feelings for Romeo and trust in him. The fact that she disobeys her parents to whom she has previously shown the utmost respect, strengthens this element.

“I pray you, tell my lord and father, madam, will not marry yet; and, when I do, I swear it shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate, rather than Paris. These are news indeed!”

This shows that she is willing to sacrifice her future for Romeo and even uses a hint of sarcasm in this quotation, which could have seemed risky at the time.

Lady Capulet gives out the impression that she is a cold and selfish character when it comes to Juliet. Later on in the play, she does not show any affection towards her daughter and insists on consistently remaining distant from her.

“Talk not to me, for I’ll not speak a word- Do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee!”

She fails to attend to Juliet as a mother but nevertheless; we do not see Juliet affected by this a great deal.

The nurse in a sense, had been like the mother which Juliet has never had and Juliet preserved all trust and faith in her. Even in Juliet’s most troublesome times, the nurse supports her and prevents her from getting into any trouble or danger. We know this because the nurse was the only person who knew about Romeo and Juliet’s love affair and approved of it. She even notifies Romeo and Juliet with a warning of Lady Capulet’s arrivance.

“Your lady mother is coming to your chamber. The day is broke; be wary, look about”

This shows the audience her concern of Juliet and tries her best to prevent her from getting into trouble with Lady Capulet.

In contrast, a totally opposite character to this is Lord Capulet.

“Or I will drag thee on a hurdle thither”

This quote shows the sort of indecent and cruel language he uses towards Juliet. His cold, uncaring nature reveals him to be a useless, detached father who lacks any real feeling for his only child. Throughout the play, Lord Capulet barely makes an appearance, which strengthens the fact, that maybe he is not as involved with his family (especially his daughter) as she should be.

Despite all these definite characteristics, we also see drastic changes in these main characters.

In the beginning scenes of the play, Lady Capulet has seemed kind towards other people for example she attempted to halt the fighting between Tybalt and Romeo.

Although they did not have a close relationship, Lady Capulet showed some affection towards Juliet as at first she would not agree to Juliet marrying Paris. However, once she changes her mind, her attitude suddenly changes when Juliet refuses to marry Paris. Lady Capulet threatens to reject her.

“Talk not to me, for I’ll not speak a word- Do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee!”

This sudden change of behaviour has great impact on the audience, as this is something totally unexpected.

In addition to this, there is a sudden and unexpected change in the behaviour of the nurse. In this scene, Juliet seeks comfort and help from the nurse as she is certain that the nurse will provide and support her like she has done in the past. However, the nurse, who was once loyal to Juliet, now suggests Juliet marry Paris.

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“Then, since the case so stands as now it doth, I think it is best you married with the county. O, he’s a lovely gentleman. Romeo’s a dishclout to him…”

At this point, Juliet is horrified by the words spoken by the nurse. These comments also make a huge effect on the audience as this is something that is definitely unexpected.

With reference to hi earlier behaviour, Lord Capulet intensifies his character by treating Juliet as if she meant nothing to him. He uses harsh language towards Juliet, as well as to the nurse.

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