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Juliet In Act 3 Scene 5 Of Romeo And Juliet By William Shakespeare

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Juliet in act 3 scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

One of the most famous plays written by Shakespeare is 'Romeo and
Juliet' which was written in the 16th century. The play evolves around
these two characters. It is about love, hate and honour of two
families-the Montague's and Capulet's. The feud between these two
families has been going on for so long that they have currently forgot
what they are fighting over.

The two characters Romeo and Juliet both suffer from tragic
circumstances, I will go into more detail further on in the essay.

There are also a few more characters that have a major role in this
play. They are Benvolio, Mercutio, Tybalt, Lord Capulet, Lady Capulet
and the nurse.

Act three scene five is the part of the play that I will be
concentrating on.

A lot of things have escalated just before the scene, Mercutio
(Romeo's cousin) has been murdered, this leads to Romeo going after
Tybalt and killing him. For killing Tybalt, Romeo has been banished
from Verona, he goes and stays in Mantua after saying goodbye to
Juliet. Capulet then gives his word to Paris that he can marry Juliet,
however Juliet has already married Romeo for love.

For someone in Juliet's position marrying for love in the 16th century
would be seen as disrespectful and the family name and honour would be
at risk. Rich people often would get married to another rich and
respected family; they were a lot like business deals. Act three is
where most of William Shakespeare's plays start to get more exciting
and full of tension. Just before scene five has already started the
dramatic tension is at its peak

The scene then starts with Lady Capulet entering and asking how Juliet
is. Juliet replies that she is not well. Lady Capulet says:

"Evermore weeping for your cousins death?"

Lady Capulet thinks that Juliet is crying for Tybalt's death, however
we (the audience) know that she is really crying for Romeo.

This play consists of a lot of dramatic irony, this scene in
particular.

"Well girl, thou weeps't not so much for his death

as the villain lives, which slaughtered him."

This is an ironic quote from lady Capulet as she thinks that Juliet
wants Romeo (her husband) dead for murdering Tybalt. Infact Juliet is
really crying for Romeo. Juliet says this to the audience:

"[Aside] Villain and he be many miles asunder-

God pardon him! I do, with all my heart" (Act 3 Scene 5)

Notice that she only says this to the audience as the stage direction
shows this. This quote also proves that Juliet forgives Romeo for
killing Tybalt.

To make us fell more sympathetic towards Juliet, Shakespeare has her
lie to her mother and go along with Lady Capulet:

"Ay, madam, from the reach of those my hands;

would none but i venge my cousins death"(Act 3 Scene 5)

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