Dramatic Importance of Act 3 Scene 5 in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
The main theme running throughout Romeo and Juliet is love. Though a
huge variety of other topics are intertwined with it they are all
there under the basis of love. The play conveys the various moral
issues which affects the lives of the two lovers, within the play we
can see widely contrasting attitudes and opinions towards the theme.
These contrasts in attitude are prevalent from the servants to the
heads of the family "clan", for whom love and marriage mean entirely
different things. In this essay, I will examine the various attitudes
to love, and other topics like family, marriage and hate all linked
with love. Focusing on Act 3 Scene 5, and comparing it and the themes
covered in it to the Nigerian play "The Lion and the Jewel", which
explores the differences between western views on love and marriage,
and the more traditional Nigerian views where a dowry "bride price" is
expected as it was in Romeo and Juliet. I will also be evaluating the
importance of Act 3, Scene 5 to the rest of the play.
The play Romeo and Juliet was written in about 1595. It is set in
Verona and has a few scenes in the nearby town of Mantua. The English
of the 16th century regarded medieval Italy as a terribly violent and
dangerous place. With constant duels, street fights and feuds between
opposing families, with only one man to impose law and order, the
Prince of Verona. It was famous not only for its violent crime and
lack of order, but for its illicit sexual affairs which is why it was
common for playwrights to set plays there.
It is thanks to Shakespeare that today the names Romeo and Juliet are
practically synonyms for overly dramatic passionate love. Though
Shakespeare was not the original inventor of this story. Shakespeare
took most of his plot from Arthur Broke's poem "The Tragicall Historye
of Romeus and Juliet". He did however make some very important
changes, which include narrowing the action to just a few short days,
in order to increase the overly passionate and impulsive element.
As well as making Mercutio a major character and making the nurse more
comically likable. However the biggest change of all was getting rid
of Broke's moralizing tone, which sternly disapproves of the pair's
impulsive lovemaking, and making it into an ageless, beautiful and
touching story, renowned as being "the greatest love story ever told".
We are first introduced to Romeo towards the end of Act 1 Scene 1. He
is depicted as the stereotypical Petrarchan lover who pines for the
love of a woman who is unobtainable, although Romeo goes too far in
his vocation as a courtly lover thus making his love seem false. Romeo
illustrates what was expected of a courtly lover
He staying in sycamore groves.
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