Act 3, Scene 5 of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
Act 3 Scene 5 greatly changes Juliet's character and situation. Show
how the events of the scene change Juliet from the girl who insists:
"It was the nightingale and not the lark," to someone who can calmly
say "If all else fail, myself have power to die."
At the beginning of this scene, we see Juliet as a calm girl very much
in love with Romeo. She cannot bear to see him go as she just wants
to spend all of her time with him and for all to be merry. The
audience can tell that she is sound of mind and believes that all is
right with the world, they can tell this because all of her thoughts
are rational and she can formulate plans and keep to them. This
however contrasts with Juliet at the end of the scene where she seems
rash and appears to have totally ignored what her father has said and
has chosen to go and try and see Romeo anyway. Having her father bring
her down to earth changed her state of mind from the beginning of the
scene to the end.
The way that Romeo and Juliet speak to other is a lot of the time in
similes and metaphors.
"'Tis but a pale reflex on Cynthia's brow;"
This shows the emphasis of their love as they are describing it as
being so wonderful and mighty that nothing literal can quite give
justice to it. Juliet cannot admit to herself that it is daylight and
Romeo must leave:
"Yond light is not daylight, I know it,"
This shows that Juliet is in a world of her own, she cannot and does
not want to face reality as it is too harsh compared to the easy,
care-free moment she is having with Romeo at her window. But Romeo
brings her back to reality by saying that he would face being caught
and sentenced to death just to stay with her. Nurse arrives to tell
Juliet that her mother approaches her chamber and therefore to get
Romeo away. The mood between Romeo and Juliet at the end of the scene
is one of pure optimism.
When Lady Capulet arrives, Juliet has to put on a front. She is crying
and she must disguise her reasons for doing so to her mother:
"Madam, I am not well."
She cannot show her mother that she is crying and so on because of
Romeo so therefore she blames it on sickness. She also blames her
tears on Tybalt's death:
"Yet let me weep for such a feeling loss."
Although she is crying for Tybalt’s death she is more upset by her
losing Romeo. So as long as she keeps up the facade of sobbing for
Tybalt she can put aside anyone’s suspicions about Romeo.
Juliet feels that she needs to answer her mother’s questions the way
her mother would want her to, but she also feels that she must be
loyal to Romeo. So in all her sadness she manages to keep her mind
going soundly enough to counter her mother’s questions with suitable
answers that keep her loyal to Romeo. Her mother...