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Comparing Act 3 Scene 5 And Act 4 Scene 5 In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet essay

The Act 3 Scene 5 and Act 4 Scene 5 are set in Juliet’s bedroom in Capulet’s mansion ‘Verona’. To begin with, the atmosphere in Act 3 Scene 5 is very romantic, kind, loving and is running at a slow pace but when Romeo leaves and lady Capulet enters, the atmosphere turns aggressive, insulting and upsetting and gets into a faster pace. This is unusual seeing the start of the scene where the language used was quite soft and kind. But as Lady Capulet enters into the scene, it turns into aggressive and very harsh language is used.

The atmosphere in the second scene is different because at the start the atmosphere is very lively, fast pace and exciting as it is Juliet’s marriage to Paris, but as the play goes on, the atmosphere changes rapidly from exciting to sad and from fast to slow pace and it also turns in to shocking and stressful. This change of atmosphere happens due to the death fake of Juliet where Shakespeare uses dramatic irony which makes the audience involved in the play as they know more than some of the characters in the play.

In Act 3 Scene 5and Act 4 Scene 5 we feel that Capulet is a contradictory person. In Scene 5 he gets provoked by the disobedience of Juliet, in her not agreeing to marry Paris, he gets very angry. In anger he says very hurtful things to Juliet which he doesn’t mean. Like

“Hang thee, young baggage, you disobedient wretch”

He turns so angry that he doesn’t even let Juliet speak. He uses imperative verbs which show us that he is prominent as he is the head of the house and regains power and authority quickly after feeling threatened that Juliet is taking his authority off him. This is not normal in Elizabethan times as the society was patriarchal.

“Speak not, reply not, do not answer me,”

Lord Capulet also uses very insulting language and harsh words like ‘green-sickness carrion’ and ‘you baggage’.

While Capulet is angry, he is shouting at Juliet as Shakespeare uses exclamation marks through out the scene which shows that Capulet is angry and he is shouting while speaking. Capulet also repeats words as if he wants something to be done, like he repeats the word ‘out’ to emphasise that he wants Juliet to go out of the room.’

“Out, you green-sickness carrion! Out, you baggage!
You tallow-face!”

He says very hurtful things to Juliet like having this only child is a curse and she is too much to handle.

“That God had lent us but this only child, But now I see this one is one too much, And that we have a curse in having her: Out on her, hilding!”

He also uses threats to Juliet when Juliet doesn’t agree to marry Paris. This shows us that he is the one who is in charge of the house and is like a warning to others not to challenge his authority.

“To go with Paris to Saint Peter's Church, Or I will drag thee on a hurdle thither.”

He also mimics Juliet by making...

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