Analysis of Act Three Scene Five of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' is a dramatic tragedy, and
was first performed in 1595. The novel is about two young lovers,
Romeo & Juliet and the struggle with their relationship. Romeo and
Juliet are from opposing families, the Montagues and the Capulets. The
conflict between their two families causes problems for their love of
one another. Shakespeare's main themes throughout the play are of
love, conflict and of youth versus age. The scene that we are
analysing, Act 3 Scene 5 is one of the most important scenes in the
novel. This is mainly because; the character of Juliet is developed
tremendously. Juliet's feelings and thoughts are shown more in this
scene than in any other. Other reasons why the scene is important are
that we get to the see the huge gap in the relationship of Juliet and
her mother, and also we get to see other sides of the characters. One
other way of getting across Romeo and Juliet's struggle is the way
Shakespeare uses fate. Everything seems to happen to them because of
something they did earlier. For example, because Romeo killed Tybalt,
Juliet's parents want her to marry Paris. The audience feels more
sorrow for the young couple because everything seems to be happening
to them, although all they want is top be in love.
Shakespeare's use of dramatic irony is very prominent in Act 3 Scene
5, and also throughout the play. When Lady Capulet tells her daughter
"Shall happily make thee there a joyful bride," she is telling her
that she is going to marry Paris. The dramatic irony in this is that
the audience knows that she cannot marry Paris because she is already
married to Romeo. This makes the audience more on Juliet's side
because she loves one man but is being told to marry another one. They
understand Juliet's problem.
Juliet then says,
"He shall not make me a joyful bride," she says this but does not give
a reason why, even though the audience know it is because she is
deeply in love with Romeo and not Paris.
Juliet then goes on to say
"I will not marry yet, and when I do, I swear
It shall be Romeo,"
Lady Capulet does not know that Juliet is already married to Romeo but
the audience do know. This makes the audience aware of the
relationship between Juliet and her mother, they are not close at all
and Juliet does not think twice about lying to her.
Also, when Lord Capulet is shouting at Juliet that she must marry
Paris on Thursday, the nurse says
"God in heaven bless her."
The nurse is telling Lord Capulet to stop shouting at Juliet, just
because she does not want to marry yet. She says this even though she
knows Juliet does not want to marry Paris because she is already
married to Romeo. Lord Capulet does not know this.
The effect of dramatic irony is that one character does not know what
is going on while the audience do. This makes the audience more...