Act 3 Scene 5 of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
Before act 3 scene 5 happens many important events take place, these
include Romeo and Juliet secretly getting married, then Romeo killing
Tybolt as revenge for Mercutio's death. As a result of this Romeo is
going to be banished while this is happening Juliet's father is
arranging for her to marry Paris.
At the beginning of the scene Romeo and Juliet wake up and Juliet
tries to tell Romeo it is not day 'wilt thou be gone, it is not yet
near day'. This is because she doesn't want Romeo to leave. Romeo then
reminds her that if he is caught in Verona he will automatically be
killed 'come death and welcome Juliet wills it so'. This part of the
scene is not yet very tense, it is very romantic and emotional and the
audience will feel sad for Romeo and Juliet because they can't be
together. In this part of the scene there are a lot of images of love.
This makes the audience feel more emotional because they know that
they both will die. This is called dramatic irony. This part of the
scene is very calm; this is like the calm before a storm. As the nurse
enters and says that Juliet's mother is on the way this creates
tension because Romeo and Juliet have now got to rush their final
goodbye. This quickens up the pace of the scene and creates more
tension. This also adds sympathy toward Romeo and Juliet from the
When Lady Capulet enters and finds Juliet crying she immediately
assumes it is for Tybolt's death when it is more for Romeo leaving.
When Juliet is talking to her mother about killing Romeo Juliet uses
double meanings, for example 'Indeed I never shall be satisfied with
Romeo till I behold him - dead. Is my moor hear so far a kinsman
vexed. As an audience would know Romeo and Juliet have secretly got
married so we read this as though she loves Romeo and wants to see him
again she also doesn't want to betray Romeo or her mother. Lady
Capulet sees this, as she will not be happy until Romeo is dead. This
is another example of dramatic irony. The ambiguous way that Juliet is
talking adds tension to the scene. This is because the audience don't
know what meaning Lady Capulet will chose to hear.
When Lady Capulet tells Juliet about the marriage to Paris the scene
quickly picks up pace. Lady Capulet doesn't get the reaction that she
expects. Lady Capulet expects Juliet to be pleased. In Elizabethan
times children would have done exactly what adults said. When Juliet
doesn't her mother disowns her. When she is not pleased because she is
already married to Romeo
She says 'He shall not make me there a joyful bride'. Her mother then
downs her 'Do as thou wilt for I have done with thee' and tells her
she can tell her father herself that she will not marry Paris.
When Capulet enters the mood of the scene quickly...