Romeo and Juliet

Act 3 scene 5 is a very important scene, because of the change in many characters, especially Juliet. At the beginning of the scene there is a romantic departure of Romeo from Juliet’s chamber. I hope to be able to show how Juliet changes from being a pleasant obedient daughter to an arrogant child who refuses to do as her father says. Juliet is surprised at her mother’s arrival, and is upset over Romeo having to leave so soon, her mother thinks that she is upset over her cousins death so Juliet uses that to mask her feelings for Romeo.

This is a very clever language technique used to give the things Juliet says multiple meanings. This is shown when Juliet is talking to her mother because her mother thinks she is talking about Tybalt when she is actually talking about Romeo. Shakespeare uses lots of ambiguous language in this scene, it also contributes towards the dramatic irony. “With Romeo, till I behold him – dead. ” This is used to fool her mother with ambiguous language, and is also dramatic irony because Juliet does behold him dead at the end.

This also shows how Juliet’s relationship has changed with her mother, as she is trying to fool her mother and she hasn’t told her about her secret marriage to Romeo. When Lord Capulet arrives in the scene, he appears very happy and cheerful. This is because he thinks Juliet is going to be married to Count Paris, as her mother has told her the news. However, both his attitude and his tone are quick to change when he hears from Lady Capulet that Juliet will not marry Paris. “How now, how now, chop-logic. ” This shows how he is easily aggravated very quickly after hearing that Juliet will not marry Paris.

Juliet also changes her attitude towards her father, in previous scenes she wouldn’t dare refuse one of her father’s orders, but now she is angrily shouting at him saying she will not marry Paris for anything. Capulet shows his anger by feeding her a stream of insults and making her feel heartbroken. Both the Nurse and Lady Capulet try to protect Juliet at this point, as Capulet has become very aggressive towards Juliet. Lady Capulet attempts to calm the situation and bring Capulet to his senses by saying “Fie, fie! What, are you mad? ” And Capulet’s response to this is yet more insults, “Hang thee, young baggage!

Disobedient wretch! ” The nurse then tries to help by taking sides with Juliet and saying “God in heaven bless her! You are to blame, my lord, to rate her so. ” Capulet, once again, responds with a negative attitude, “And why, my lady wisdom? Hold your tongue, good prudence; smatter with your gossips, go. ” Here Capulet uses lots of sarcasm against the Nurse, this begins to irritate her. After Capulet makes his exit, Juliet attempts to make a final plea to her mother, she tries to ask her mother to delay the marriage or she threats to commit suicide.

This adds to the dramatic irony of the play, and increases the effect for the audience, as they believe Juliet is serious about her threat, which they later find out that she is. This make’s Juliet’s statement important in the plot and the outcome of the tragedy. To dramatise this, I would make Juliet kneel down and look as if she were begging her mother and I would have Juliet crying too. Juliet then turns to the Nurse for comfort and help because she is one of the few that know about her secret marriage to Romeo. However it does not turn out quite how Juliet anticipated it.

The Nurse’s answer is not quite what Juliet wanted to hear, she is trying to take the easy route out of the mess. This show’s when she tries to convince Juliet to marry Paris, and she also shows lack of perception when she says “O, he’s a lovely gentleman! ” She also upsets Juliet when she says “Romeo’s a dish clout to him. ” Juliet’s reaction to the Nurse’s advise is very negative and sarcastic. She speaks with a very cold tone to the Nurse when she says “Well, thou hast comforted me marvellous much. ” Juliet’s relationship with the nurse has changed very much because of this conversation.

Juliet describes her as things such as “Ancient damnation! ” and “O most wicked fiend! ” which goes to show how much Juliet now hates the Nurse. I hope the points I have made about this scene have shown how it is very important, especially considering the changes in certain characters and how their relationships are broken up. I think this play is still admired today because the ‘love’ emotion still has the same effects on people, I think this is what makes it relevant. Personally, I liked this play. I am not a big Shakespeare fan, however, I found this particular play really interesting and I would recommend it for other young readers.