A detailed consideration of Act 3 Scene 5 in Romeo and Juliet.

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Act 3 Scene 5 is a very revealing scene. It is in this scene that the characters show us their true feelings about one another and about themselves. It is a very pivotal scene in that the nurse, once Juliet's confidante, has now shown her true side. I will examine in detail the relationships between the different characters. Before we can do this we will need to take a look at preceding occasions in the play.

Even before the play has begun we are already told, "Two star-crossed lovers take their life." This will later in the play give dramatic irony, which is the audience knowing more about the play than the characters in the play. So far, in the play Romeo has been in lust with Rosaline, who rejects him, so much so that he breaks in to the Capulet's party. Romeo belongs to the Montague family and the Capulet's and the Montague's have a deadly feud.

Tybalt spots him but lord Capulet prevents him from starting a fight.

Romeo meets Juliet and they both fall in love with each straight away. Romeo sneaks back to her bedroom after the party and they both confess to each other their love. They cannot tell their parents so they tell Friar Lawrence, a neutral character, and Juliet's nurse, who has looked after her from her childhood. The friar marries them in secret but Tybalt accidentally kills Mercutio. Romeo, in a rage, kills Tybalt. The Prince arrives. The Prince judges that Romeo should not be killed because he only did what the law required. He was however to be banished. This brings us now to Act 3 Scene 5.

Romeo has just spent his last night in Verona with Juliet. This scene is set entirely in Juliet's bedroom in the Capulet...