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How Does Shakespeare Show Juliet's Increasing Sense Of Isolation In Act 3 Scene 5?

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'Romeo and Juliet' is a tragic play about love and it's effects. The main characters are Romeo and Juliet, a pair of teenagers, that fall in love, but they are from Rival families; the Monatgues and Capulets. They seek help from various adults such as Friar Lawrence and the Nurse, who all let her down in some way. In Act 3 Scene 5, Shakespeare shows Juliet's increasing sense of isolation in various different ways.
Romeo meets with Juliet for the last time before he has to leave Verona. The first words in the scene are, “Wilt thou be gone? it is not yet near day: It was the nightingale, and not the lark..” This shows that the morning has arrived, but they do not realise and Romeo must ...view middle of the document...

They talk about light and dark, “Look, love, what envious streaks do lace the clouds on yonder east.” Shakespeare uses a simile here to create a more romantic feel. The streaks are the sunlight and the clouds refer to the darkening of the skies. This also refers to the celestial bodies which suggests that Romeo and Juliet have an absolute love that is near impossible to find, this also implies that their love is immeasurable. This kind of love is what most teenagers in the world dream of finding one day. On the other hand it could mean the opposite, that what they have is “out of this world” and will never work or be real. The philosophical context of the play is that there could be more to it than star crossed lovers. Shakespeare may be trying to prove that there is more to love than just two people. Could Shakespeare be trying to show us that love is not all powering and all conquering and that death is destined in love. Romeo and Juliet's death in Verona brings peace, their love does not bring peace, it causes hate and destruction.
Before the Nurse enters, to tell Juliet that her mother is approaching, Romeo says to Juliet, “More light and light, more dark and dark our woes!” This means that the more daylight there is, the more pain there is for them because there time together is growing short. Romeo climbs out of the window, “Farewell, farewell! one kiss, and I'll descend.” Juliet asks if they will ever meet again, “O think'st thou we shall ever meet again?” Romeo replies, “I doubt it not; and all these woes shall serve, For sweet discourses in our time to come.”
Soon after Romeo leaves, Lady Capulet enters the room, she thinks that Juliet is crying because of Tybalt's death, “Evermore weeping for your cousins death.” She tells her to stop crying because she thinks that showing too much grief makes her look stupid. She then moves on to talk about the 'villan' Romeo who killed Tybalt, and says that she will not need to cry any more because Romeo will get what he deserves and die too. Juliet's language and words in this scene are intended to mislead her mother and are deliberately ambiguous, “And yet no man like he doth grieve my heart.”
Lady Capulet then tells Juliet that she has good new for her and she is to marry Paris the next Thursday, “Marry, my child, early next Thursday morn” Juliet refuses, because she knows that she is already married to Romeo, “Now, by Saint Peter's Church and Peter too, He shall not make me there a joyful bride ... I will not marry yet; and, when I do, I swear, It shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate.” This is beginning to show Juliet's frustration, Lady Capulet tells Juliet that her father is coming and she can explain to her father why she is refusing to marry Paris. Shakespeare creates Juliet's claustrophobia by making her express her feelings for Romeo to her mother, “Indeed I never shall be satisfied with Romeo, til I behold him – dead – Is my poor heart, so for a kinsman vex'd.” Whilst...

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