Emotions in R+J [with help from Spark Notes’ web site]

I was asked by a former student to see if I could find something on the title below so went to sparknotes.com and found some information. Then, I added in my own introduction and amended the last paragraph into a conclusion. Here is the final thoughts for you. It is a combination of web site and my thoughts, so do not plagiarize this [or else a fail in the CA as your tutor just has to Google a sentence here and there]. Use this only as an aid to your studies. Love, hate, loyalty, emotions; all are contained within for you to revamp in your own inimitable style. 

 

Explore the ways emotions are presented in Act 3 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet, a play sharing positive and negative emotions, centres on the themes of love and hate. Two families live in Verona that are set against each other by a bitter rivalry that has existed for generations, so much so that the current heads of the families do not know when it first began. This “ancient grudge” [Chorus] is one that will lead them to ultimate destruction and the loss of their loved ones, in the form of Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet, who fall in love, get married in secret and then find they cannot live together as man and wife. Classified as a tragedy in Shakespeare’s canon of literature, this play sees love destroyed by hate and revulsion.

In Act 3 Scene 5, the audience sees tenderness and affection, a longing to be together after their first night of passion as a married couple. But Romeo has killed Tybalt and has been exiled by the Prince and he prepares to lower himself from Juliet’s window to begin his exile. Juliet tries to convince Romeo that the birdcalls they hear are from “the nightingale,” a night bird, rather than from the lark, a morning bird.

Overcome by love, Romeo responds that he will stay with Juliet, and that he does not care whether the Prince’s men kill him. Faced with this, Juliet declares that the bird they heard was the lark; that it is dawn and he must flee. The Nurse enters to warn Juliet that Lady Capulet is approaching. Romeo and Juliet tearfully part. Romeo climbs out the window. Standing in the orchard below her window, Romeo promises Juliet that they will see one another again, but Juliet responds that he appears pale, as one dead in the bottom of a tomb. Romeo answers that, to him, she appears the same way, and that it is only sorrow that makes them both look pale. Romeo hurries away as Juliet pulls in the ladder and begs fate to bring him back to her quickly.

Unaware that her daughter is married to Romeo, Lady Capulet enters the room and mistakes Juliet’s tears as continued grief for Tybalt. Lady Capulet tells Juliet of her deep desire to see “the villain Romeo” dead (3.5.80). In a complicated bit of punning every bit as impressive as the sexual punning of Mercutio and Romeo, Juliet leads her mother to believe that she also wishes Romeo’s death, when in fact she is firmly stating her love for him. Lady Capulet tells Juliet about Capulet’s plan for her to marry Paris on Thursday, explaining that he wishes to make her happy.

Juliet is appalled. She rejects the match, saying “I will not marry yet; and when I do, I swear / It shall be Romeo—whom you know I hate— / Rather than Paris” (3.5.121–123). Capulet enters the chamber. When he learns of Juliet’s determination to defy him he becomes enraged and threatens to disown Juliet if she refuses to obey him. When Juliet entreats her mother to intercede, her mother denies her help.

After Capulet and Lady Capulet storm away, Juliet asks her nurse how she might escape her predicament. The Nurse advises her to go through with the marriage to Paris—he is a better match, she says, and Romeo is as good as dead and though disgusted by her nurse’s disloyalty, Juliet pretends to agree, and tells her nurse that she is going to make confession at Friar Lawrence’s. Juliet hurries to the friar, vowing that she will never again trust the Nurse’s counsel. If the friar is unable to help her, Juliet comments to herself, she still has the power to take her own life.

As Romeo bids farewell to Juliet as she stands at her window. Here, the lovers experience visions that blatantly foreshadow the end of the play. This is to be the last moment they spend alive in each other’s company. When Juliet next sees Romeo he will be dead, and as she looks out of her window she seems to see him dead already, adding: “O God, I have an ill-divining soul! Methinks I see thee, now thou art so low, as one dead in the bottom of a tomb. (3.5.54–57).

Clearly, it is in the confrontation with her parents after Romeo’s departure, where Juliet shows her full maturity. She dominates the conversation with her mother, who cannot keep up with Juliet’s intelligence, her decision to break from the counsel of her disloyal nurse is another step in her development and having a nurse is a mark of childhood, so by abandoning her nurse and upholding her loyalty toward her husband, Juliet steps fully out of girlhood and into womanhood. As such, the emotions of love, hatred, loyalty and emotional growth are covered in one very powerful and emotional scene. 

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