In Act 3, Scene 5, we begin to feel sympathy for Juliet because of the situation that she is in, and the treatment she is receiving from her family. In this essay I will be looking at the sympathy felt for Juliet, the language used in the play.
Set in “fair Verona” both Romeo and Juliet meet at a party at the Capulet’s mansion where they immediately fall in love with each other. Romeo forgets his `love` for Rosaline and immediately chases after Juliet and declares his love for her. After the party, Romeo sneaks back into the Capulet household to see Juliet. He climbs up to her balcony where he declares that he wants to marry her. Romeo and Juliet marry and soon afterwards Mercutio gets killed by Tybalt and Romeo, seeking revenge goes after Tybalt and kills him. Romeo is then banished from Verona. He goes to see Juliet and spend the night together. The next morning Lady Capulet comes to tell Juliet that she must marry Paris. Juliet disagrees and her father lashes out on her.
Juliet denies that it is morning so that her love does not have to leave her.
“Will thou be gone? It is not yet near day”.
Juliet tries to defy the fact that morning has come and that Romeo must leave, or be killed. This creates sympathy for Juliet because we can see that she does not want him to go because she loves him so much. Romeo then tells Juliet that day has already broken “What envious streaks do lace the severing clouds in yonder east.” Shakespeare uses personification to describe the sun’s rays as `envious streaks`, as though the sun is trying to separate Romeo and Juliet. Romeo then goes on to tell Juliet that he has to leave.
“I must be gone and live or stay and die.”
Romeo sympathises with Juliet and tries to explain that if he stays he shall be killed. This gains our sympathy because they want to stay together but they have to be apart because Romeo’s life is at jeopardy even though he is willing to stay with Juliet but she will not let him.
Shakespeare makes Juliet’s characters become more and more upset as each line unfolds,
“It is not yet near day, it was the nightingale, and not the lark.”
Juliet is trying to keep Romeo with her and not let him go.
Again this enables us to feel sympathy with Juliet. Lady Capulet enters Juliet’s chamber, “The County Paris at Saint Peter’s church, shall happily make thee a joyful bride”. Juliet is so shocked at this arranged marriage because she has already married Romeo and is in love with him and she cannot marry twice as it is seen as a mortal sin and immediately tells her Mother she wants nothing to do with it. “He shall not make me there a joyful bride”. Lady Capulet becomes astounded at this and tells Juliet “Here comes your father tell him yourself”.
Lord Capulet enters the room and hears from Lady Capulet that Juliet wants nothing to do with her arranged marriage. “She will have none, she gives you thanks”. At this comment Capulet becomes raged with anger, “Is she...