Act 3 Scene 5 of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
"And you be mine, I'll give you to my friend; And you be not, hang,
beg, starve, die in the streets, for by my soul, I'll ne'er
What do you think of the way Lord Capulet behaves in Act 3 Scene 5 and
what do the audience learn about his character?
Lord Capulet's behaviour is seen as particularly important as it
changes dramatically through Act 3 Scene 5. This scene shows a
contrast in Lord Capulet's personality and how he reacts to other
characters in this scene, most especially Juliet. The scene brings
about violence and an ultimatum from Lord Capulet which leads to
tragedy. A chain of events start which embark on the beginning of the
There is symbolism at the opening of the scene which represents light
and darkness; this escalates tension in the opening scene. The
references to light personify purity and life and innocence. These are
the references to Lord Capulet's sensitive side. However the
references to dark are symbolic to the death and hatred in his
character and could also represent the tragedy in the play.
The nurse has different roles throughout the play. Most of the time
she acts like Juliet's surrogate mother, although in this scene she
still tries to be a confident mother to Juliet but goes against
Juliet's wishes. When Juliet hears what the nurse is saying she
doesn't understand properly as it sounds as if the nurse is against
Romeo but her words have two meanings so she actually supporting Romeo
in a twisted way.
Romeo and Juliet's last words to each other are focused on how much
they love each other and nothing can stop them seeing each other
again. This is quite ironic as Romeo says to Juliet, "I must be gone
and live or stay and die". This is ironic because whichever option
Romeo chooses he will die in both situations. This scene is full of
dramatic tension as their last words build up a lot of irony. It is a
dramatic as it ends with suicide.
Juliet and her real mother Lady Capulet have a talk before Lord
Capulet comes to Juliet's bedroom. As Juliet talks to her mother Lady
Capulet her speech has a double meaning. Juliet is weeping and Lady
Capulet believes this to be about Tybalts death, the result from his
fight with Romeo. Juliet is actually crying because Romeo has been
banished from Verona to Mantua. At this point in the play the audience
start to feel Juliet's fear.
Throughout this scene Lord Capulet's moods change constantly. At first
Lord Capulet seems to be very calm in the way he speaks. The way he
speaks to Juliet is very calm and poetic to begin with. He is gentle
and concerned for Juliet's crying as he also believes it is over
Tybalt. He shows this by what he says, "When the sun sets, the air
doth drizzle dew; but for the sunset of my...