Discuss the dramatic impact of Act 3 Scene 5 in
‘Romeo and Juliet’
Act 3 Scene 5 is a significant scene in the play as within this one
scene there are changes in the atmosphere, the relationship between
the characters, and the characters themselves. At the beginning of
this scene Shakespeare needs to make the audience believe that Romeo and Juliet truly are in love, as Romeo not long ago said he was in love with Rosaline and likewise Juliet stated at the Capulet ball she would be OK with marrying Paris.
At the start of the play, Romeo and Juliet had just spent the night together as a married couple. Just as Romeo has left, Lady Capulet (Juliet’s mother) comes to Juliet and tells her that she’s going to be marrying Paris. Before Juliet met Romeo at the Capulet Ball, Juliet said that she wouldn’t mind having to marry Paris, so her parents a bit taken aback by Juliet when she says refuses to marry him. Lord Capulet in particular gets extremely angry, as children were forbidden to disagree with their parents. I personally think that he was angry at Juliet for disagreeing with him and also a bit surprised by her sudden change of heart.
“Hang thee young baggage, disobedient wretch! I’ll tell thee what, get thee to church a Thursday or never look at me in the face!” This quote from Lord Capulet is showing him telling his daughter that she has to marry Paris in the church on Thursday otherwise he’ll wash his hands of her. The language that is used in this part of the play in particular is really effective because with only reading the text of the play the reader can visualise easily what’s going on in the room and can create a clear image of the drama, anger and tension in the room without seeing it in a film or on stage.
Juliet turns to her mother, pleading for her to convince her father that she shouldn’t marry Paris, but she disagrees. The quote
‘Talk not to me, for I’ll not speak a word: do as thou will for I have done with thee’ shows Lady Capulet telling her daughter that she must try and talk round her father herself, as she doesn’t want to get involved. This could mean that Lady Capulet is scared of Lord Capulet herself, or simply doesn’t want to make the family conflict any worse than it is.
When Juliet goes to her nurse for help, the nurse sees that Lord Capulet isn’t going to change his mind about Juliet marrying Paris.
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