Consider how Juliets predicament is portrayed in Act 3 Scene 5

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“Consider how Juliet’s predicament is portrayed in Act 3 Scene 5” Juliet finds herself in a predicament in Act 3 Scene 5 as she has had to deal with the death of her cousin Tybalt, who was killed by Romeo and Romeo has been banished to Mantua. This is devastating for Juliet as she is madly in love with Romeo and they are officially married. Juliet is very distressed about the situations she has found herself in and to make matters worse she is to marry Paris whom she doesn’t aspire to marry as her heart is devoted to Romeo. By Act 3 Scene 5, it seems Juliet has been forced into maturity due to the number of disasters that have occurred. She has had to deal with a lot in a short space of time but in a mature way. At the beginning of the play, Juliet came across as a quiet and obedient girl whom was willing to do whatever her Mother said and give her permission to who ever her Father wanted her to marry. This all changes in Act 3 Scene 5 as we learn how quick-thinking Juliet really is. In this scene there is a lot of dramatic irony for the audience as the word ‘joyful’ is used a number of times between lines 109-118. This is ironic as the scene is not joyful. It will not be a joyful time for Juliet but the complete opposite. Every time the scene uses the word, ‘joyful’ or ‘joy’ irony is present because the situation is everything but joyful. When Lady Capulet swears to ‘have vengeance’ for Tybalt’s death and send a man to Mantua to poison Romeo, Juliet replies, “Indeed I never shall be satisfied, With Romeo, till I behold him- dead- Is my poor heart, So for a kinsman vexed.” This quote has a double meaning as it signifies two completely different things. Lady Capulet misinterprets Juliet’s reply. She thinks Juliet is saying that she will not be satisfied until Romeo is dead and until he is she will remain troubled and sorry for Tybalt’s death.

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