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Conflict in Romeo and Juliet Essay


Conflict is a central theme in Romeo and Juliet; up until this point, it has been between the Capulet and the Montague households, the ancient grudge existing over a long period of time.

However, in act 3 scene 5, the conflict is now in the Capulet family itself, as it started when Juliet made a huge change in character, as she refused to her parents for the first time.

In addition to that, Act 3 scene 5 is an important scene because Juliet is different to how she was in the beginning; her reaction about marrying Paris was very surprising for the audience, when she rebelled. She had always been so dependence and obedient, but in this scene it shows she has changed from that into an independent and mature young woman.

This scene also takes an important part in this play, as we see Capulets reaction was extremely furious at Juliet for the first time, and he shouted at her using such terrible insults, even though she is hes only daughter. Juliet's parents has been so ignorance towards Juliet, they don't know how she feels. The Nurse know so much more than her parents does, as the nurse's relationship with Juliet is closer and she takes more notice of her.

This section of the scene begins when Lady Capulet walks in the room whilst Juliet is very upset and in tears about Romeos banishment. Shakespeare cleverly builds up the dramatic irony here, as Lady Capulet thinks Juliet is crying about Tybalts death but yet she does not give the support that Juliet needs, but questions her,

Evermore weeping for your cousin's death?

Lady Capulet has an opinion about Juliets tears and asked rethorical questions to deliver he opinion.

What wilt thou wash him from his grave with tears?

The languange that Juliet uses to build the dramtic irony is very clever, as everytime Juliet talks about Romeo, Lady Capulet thinks that she is talking about Tybalt. She is delibrately ambigous.

Indeed I never shall be satisfied

With Romeo, till i behold him-dead-

Is my poor heart so for a kinsman vexed.

Lady Capulet does not have a good response to Juliets tears, she does not try to comfort her and make her feel better, about the loss shes experiencing,

some grief shows much of love,

But much of grief shows still some want of wit.

Lady Capulet and Juliet have not had the closest relationship of mother and daughter. Juliet has referred to her mother as Madam and Ladyship this makes Juliet more of a servant than a daughter,

Madam, I am here. What is your will?

Their relationship is very distant and formal.

Lady Capulets coldness is shown in an ironic fashion as her method of comforting her daughter is to reveal her the plan to poison Romeo, to get revenge.

Shall give him such an unaccustomed dram,

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