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Act 5 Scene 3 Essay

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Act 5 scene 3 of Romeo and Juliet is the catastrophe of the play. The purpose of the catastrophe is to bring the plot to an end through the result of the character development of Romeo, Juliet and Friar Laurence. This act also expresses the major theme, which is what is said about love. Scene 3 takes place in the Capulet’s tomb, which represents most of the deaths that have taken place so far in the play. The scene also shows how everywhere Romeo goes a death seems to follow him. Being set at night the scene also portrays the ongoing theme of love causing death.

Romeo’s character development and his actions throughout the play cost him and Juliet their lives. Romeo in most of the book is ...view middle of the document...

The hatred between the Capulet and Montague’s has caused Juliet to act in a rebellious and sneaky way. In the outset of the play her family see’s her as a rebellious teenager. Since the two families have such hatred for each other Juliet cannot reveal that she is in love with Romeo, therefor her parents want her to marry Paris. Unlike Romeo during the Balcony scene Juliet realizes that their decisions were not thoughtful and in considerate. This is shown by the line “If thou dost love, pronounce it faithfully.
Or if thou think’st I am too quickly won,
I’ll frown and be perverse and say thee nay,
So thou wilt woo. But else, not for the world.” This line shows how she is beginning to realize how their love may be to rushed and will cause something wicked at the end. In the end she was right and the combination of the development of Juliet’s character and Romeo character development lead up to the tragedy where they both died.

Friar Laurence also plays a major role in the way the plot comes to an end. His main role in the play is to help Romeo and Juliet. Throughout the play he seems like a kindhearted cleric. Friar Laurence weds Romeo and...

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