On my English test, I'm supposed to write a 2,000 word essay on the question:  "How is Juliet represented in Act 3, Scene 5" of Romeo and Juliet? Can somebody please give me some quotes I can use...


Juliet goes through quite a few changes in Act III, scene v, so whichever quotes you ultimately decide to choose, I would pick something from each of the  four "mini scenes" contained in this one, long scene.  Each display Juliet's representation a bit differently.

In her exchange at the top of the scene with Romeo, she is attempting to ignore that day has come, since this means that he must leave.  "It is not yet near day," and "Yond light is not daylight, I know it, I," are both comments that she makes in her attempt to hold off Romeo's banishment so that they might stay together a bit longer.  She, of course, finally admits that he must go, that it is day.  Also in this "mini scene," she has a foreshadowing of what's to come in the play which is significant.  She says:

O God, I have an ill-divining soul!

Methinks I see thee...

As one dead in the bottom of a tomb.

This, of course, is exactly what she does see in Act V, when she wakes to find Romeo has poisoned himself at her side.

In her exchange with Lady Capulet, there is a bit of darkly comic mistaken conversation, as she is bawling her eyes out over Romeo's departure, while her mother thinks she is weeping for Paris and desires, just as she, Lady Capulet does, the death of the culprit, Romeo.  She says:

Indeed, I never shall be satisfied

With Romeo, till I behold him -- dead --

Is my poor heart so for a kinsman vex'd.

...O how my heat abhors

To hear him nam'd, and cannot come to him

To wreak the love I bore my cousin

Upon his body...

So, she's creating a bit of dramatic irony here.  The audience knows that every word bespeaks her love for Romeo, yet Lady Capulet thinks that these words describe her desire for revenge.  Juliet is also represented as pretty free and easy with her opinion in front of her mother.  To Lady Capulet's offer of Paris as a potential husband, Juliet says:

I pray you tell my lord and father, madam,

I will not marry yet.

But when her father comes in, she changes her tune, hardly putting a word in edgewise against his diatribe.  Her only complete line in the exchagne is a cryptic one:

Not proud you have, but thankful that you have.

Proud can I never be of what I hate,

But thankful even for hate that is meant love.

And with these words, she attempts to politely rebuff her father's offering of Paris.  He explodes and banishes her from his home to die in the streets if she will not marry Paris.

This sets up the final "mini scene" with the Nurse.  Juliet is reduced to the scared fourteen year-old that she is, pleading for the Nurse's help:

O God, O Nurse, how shall this be prevented?...

What sayst thou?  Hast thou not a word of joy?

Some comfort Nurse.

Yet, the only comfort the Nurse has is to recommend that she forget Romeo and marry Paris.  And this is the moment that Juliet really becomes alone in her secret love.  She lies to the Nurse, pretending that she agrees and will marry Paris:

Go in, and tell my lady I am gone,

Having displeas'd my father, to Laurence's cell,

To make confession and to be absolv'd.

From this scene forward, Juliet must walk her path alone, for she also never sees Romeo alive again.  She gets some help from the Friar, but must pursue her course of action with no one to help her.



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