Romeo and Juliet Analysis of Act 3 Scene 5

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In Act 3, Scene 5 Juliet’s love for Romeo is potent to the degree that she opposes and defies her father when she states ‘Not proud, you have; but thankful…” Women had the ability to refuse marriage that was commonly arranged in the Elizabethan Era, however, they would be disowned by their families. It is at the end of the scene; Juliet becomes aware that she is a woman in a male-dominated world. She proclaims, “If all else fail, myself have power to die.” She has recognised the little power she holds in society and that suicide would be the way of controlling her life.

Following this defiance Capulet becomes ireful, saying, “Proud me no prouds…” This is a pun he has utilised inventively by incorporating ‘proud’ as both a verb and a noun, conveying the message that he does not want to be told this and that Juliet is ungrateful of him. The repetition of the word also reinforces the point he is making. Lady Capulet initially appears concerned for Juliet but after she defies her father she seldom speaks because of what can be interpreted as fright. At first she seems concerned for her daughter, but when Juliet defies her, she passes the problem on to her husband. She does not know how to interact with Juliet.

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Furthermore, Capulet uses many pejorative Elizabethan terms such as ‘green-sickness’ which suggests he was implying Juliet was anaemic; it was believed in the Elizabethan era that it was only young women who were at puberty who were afflicted by the illness. Therefore, he is insulting her by demoting her to a child, claiming she is imprudent and weak although he is instructing her to marry Paris; an act of an adult. His insults reveal the extent to which his confidence in her has been degraded. Moreover, Capulet also makes himself clear through the device of antithesis. For example, he states, ...

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