A Detailed Consideration Of Act 3 Scene 5 In Romeo And Juliet

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Act 3 Scene 5 is a very revealing scene. It is in this scene that the characters show us their true feelings about one another and about themselves. It is a very pivotal scene in that the nurse, once Juliet's confidante, has now shown her true side. I will examine in detail the relationships between the different characters. Before we can do this we will need to take a look at preceding occasions in the play.Even before the play has begun we are already told, "Two star-crossed lovers take their life." This will later in the play give dramatic irony, which is the audience knowing more about the play than the characters in the play. So far, in the play Romeo has been in lust with Rosaline, who ...view middle of the document...

They both want to stay with each other and when they hear the lark, the herald of the morning Juliet insists it was the nightingale. However, they both realise that if Romeo stays he will be killed.There is some dramatic irony in the beginning of this scene. Juliet says, "I have an ill-diving soul. Methinks I see thee now thou art so low, as one dead in the bottom of a tomb." We know that this is going to be the last time that they see each other alive. Shakespeare has increased the dramatic irony by adding this speech because we know that this is what is going to happen. It is a true premonition of what is about to come.The relationship between Juliet and her mother is very cold and formal. A good example of this is when her mother addresses her as daughter not Juliet. This scene shows how little her mother actually knows about Juliet. Her mother is questioning her about her grief and anger and Juliet uses many words with double meaning to escape. Juliet says, "Indeed I shall never be satisfied with Romeo, till I behold him - dead - is my poor heart so for a kinsman." Her mother takes her to mean that she won't be happy until she beholds Romeo dead and her heart is dead for Tybalt. What Juliet actually means is she won't be happy with Romeo until she beholds him, her heart is dead for Romeo. When her mother suggests poisoning him Juliet replies, " To bear poison, I would temper it." Juliet means to water it down but her mother misinterprets her to mean that she would mix it up. Also when Juliet says, " O how my heart abhors to hear him named and cannot come to him to wreak the love I bore my cousin upon his body that hath slaughtered him." Her mother thinks she wants to be with him to avenge Tybalt's death.Her mother is very cold and unforgiving. She suggests to poison Romeo even though it was Tybalt who started the duel. She cannot forgive him and has moved from grieving to the desire for vengeance. Also later on, towards the end of this scene, she will not support or comfort Juliet when her father will reject her if she does not obey him.Her father is also prone to anger very quickly. Juliet has just been told that she is to marry Paris. When she refuses he quickly gets in a rage. There is also some dramatic irony here in that we know that...

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