Romeo and Juliet– Two Households
The play Romeo and Juliet is about 2 families (Montagues and Capulets) that have actually been in a long and bitter feud for many years. The play is embeded in Verona in Italy and includes 2 main characters, Romeo, of the Montague household, and Juliet, of the Capulet family. Throughout Act 3 Scene 5 the audience feel compassion for Juliet because initially, her cousin Tybalt is killed, by Romeo, who is Juliet’s partner, then Romeo is eliminated for killing Tybalt. Romeo and Juliet have actually simply spent their first night together and Romeo has to leave Juliet’s house early in the morning, before he is discovered and killed.
Juliet does not desire Romeo to leave and tells him that it wasn’t the lark, it was the nightingale. Romeo is encouraged by this and says “Let me be ta’en, let me be put to death. Juliet wills it, so I am content.” Then after these lines are stated by Romeo, Juliet alters her mind and encourages Romeo that is was the lark that “sings so out of tune” and informs him to leave before he is discovered and killed. We feel sympathy for Juliet in this scene because she is stuck in an issue in between Romeo and her household.
Romeo has just gotten away from Juliet’s home when Lady Capulet walks in to Juliet’s space, Juliet is sobbing since she knows she might never see Romeo once again. Juliet lies to her Mother and tells her she is crying over Tybalt’s death. The actress playing Juliet would speak her lines with a saddened voice, she is seeming like she is captured in a dilemma. Girl Capulet then announces the ‘great’ news by saying “wed next Thursday morn, the county Paris, at Saint Peters church, shall gladly make thee a joyful bride.” Her Mom and Daddy do not know she has actually wed Romeo.
When Juliet understands that she has a set up marital relationship she states “He will not make me a joyful bride!” Juliet is upset and does not know whether she will see Romeo ever once again. At this moment an Elizabethan audience would be horrified that Juliet had actually married someone else and not informed her moms and dads, they would also be horrified that she had declined to marry Paris as in this century organized marriages were common. When Lord Capulet enters Juliet’s space he remains in a good state of mind, as he doesn’t understand Juliet has refused to marry Paris, he states “Better half, have you delivered our decree? Lady Capulet responds “Ay, however she will none, she offers you thanks. “
At this point Lord Capulets state of mind instantly alters and he fly’s into a temper. Lord Capulet starts to insult Juliet and calls her a “disobedient scalawag” and stating “hang thee, young baggage” at this point the audience would sympathize with Juliet as she is in a major issue in between her partner and her household, she can not inform her parents that she is wed as the 2 households are feuding. In this amount of time it would be hard for Juliet to have independence as it was a patriarchal society, this implies what the dad said, you needed to do.
When Juliet attempts to get assistance from the nurse, all she says to her is “I think it is finest you wed the county, o, he’s a lovely gentleman” At this point Juliet remains in shock at the nurses word she states “Speakest thou from the heart?” At this point the audience pity Juliet as she is on her own, even the nurse thinks that she needs to wed Paris, and she loves Romeo. At the end of this scene Juliet states “I’ll to the friar, to understand his treatment: If all else fail, myself have power to die.
His means she will go to the friar and ask what he thinks she must do, and if he states he thinks that she must wed Paris then she will kill herself if she can’t be with Romeo. I believe that this is an important scene in the play, it has actually assisted us feel sympathy for Juliet as she is in a dilemma. Her moms and dads want her to wed Paris, when they don’t know she has actually wed Romeo. When she declines her Father starts to hit her. Act 3 Scene 5 is a vital scene in the play because it begins all the problem with Paris off. By the end of the scene we sympathize with Juliet as she is so dissatisfied she wants to pass away.