Catastrophe in Act 5 Scene 3 of Romeo and Juliet
By: Noa Boon
Due Date: 20th March 2014
Word Count: 689 (Excluding title and Quotations)
Act 5 Scene 3 of Romeo and Juliet represents the catastrophe and deaths of Romeo and
Juliet due to internal and external conﬂicts. The catastrophe does not eﬀect the characterization of Romeo, Juliet and Friar Lawrence since they act the same way throughout the whole play. Act 5 Scene 3 shows that love like Romeo and Juliet’s leads to death. #
Act 5 Scene 3’s chief purpose is to create internal conﬂict between Romeo and Juliet,
and external conﬂict with Friar Lawrence. Romeo creates internal conﬂict by killing himself due to external conﬂict.
“For fear of that, I still will stay with thee,
And never from this palace of dim night
Depart again. Here, here will I remain
With worms that are thy chamber maids.” (Act 5 Scene 3, Lines: 115-119)
Romeo states in this quotation that he wants to be where ever Juliet is. Not being able to love Juliet is external conﬂict, but he wants to be with Juliet therefore internal conﬂict is created in this scene by Romeo killing himself. Friar Lawrence is having external conﬂict due to the fear of being caught in the tomb by the watch. “Stay not to question, for the watch is coming./ Come, go, good Juliet. I dare no longer stay.” (Act 5 Scene 3, Lines: 170-171) Friar Lawrence is afraid of his reputation and life, so leaves Juliet behind. This is a form of external conﬂict since Friar is afraid that he will get caught (as stated in the quotation). Juliet’s has internal conﬂict by stabbing herself which lead to the resolution. “O happy dagger, this is thy sheath./ There rust and let me die.” (Act 5 Scene 3, Lines: 184) Juliet wants to be set free from her misery and reunite with Romeo. The dagger is her only way to make that happen. She calls the dagger “Happy” because she is eager to die and wants to be with Romeo and she thinks death will rePage 1
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