Juliet's Change in Emotions at the End of Act 3 Scene 5

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In the end of act 3 scene 5 in Romeo and Juliet written by William Shakespeare, Juliet goes through numerous different events including having to say goodbye to the love of her life, getting misunderstood by her parents, and getting the worst advice from the nurse. A really tight atmosphere was built by using dramatic tension, such as insults, stage direction, alliterations etc. Throughout this essay, Juliet’s change in emotions and language techniques used to appeal this will be discussed.

Juliet was glad to see Romeo, but the next second she was told that Romeo had to leave her to escape to Mantua, which will lead to their separation. “Art thou gone so, love lord, ay husband fiend?” the use of rhetorical question shows the fact that she was unable to handle the truth. She is concerned for Romeo’s safety, because he looked so paled and sick “as one dead in the bottom of the tomb.” She describes Romeo as a dead person, the use of simile as a foreshadow of Romeo’s death illustrates Juliet’s anxious for Romeo and her change in emotions.

Juliet also feels miserable and concerned for Romeo because she heard her mother’s plan on murdering Romeo, which may result in Romeo’s death. She tries to convince her mother that Romeo isn’t bad, but gets misunderstood. “Do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee.” Lady Capulet rejects Juliet’s plea for help, when she was in great need of comfort, leaving Juliet feeling extremely distressed.

Throughout the argument between Juliet and Capulet, a lot of dramatic tension was demonstrated. Insults and alliterations were used to build up a tight atmosphere between the two; Capulet uses “Disobedient Wretch” and “Mistress Minion” to describe Juliet because of Juliet’s rebellious behaviour towards him. This was highly inexcusable for a woman and a daughter to do back in those days, Elizabethan people believed that women were low in society, they had no choice but...
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