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The Way How Shakespeare Make the Audience Feel Sympathy Towards Juliet

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How does Shakespeare make the Audience feel sympathy towards Juliet in Act 3 Scene 5?

The play Romeo and Juliet is about two families (Montagues and Capulets) that have been in a long and bitter feud for many years. The play is set in Verona in Italy and involves two main characters, Romeo, of the Montague family, and Juliet, of the Capulet family.

Throughout Act 3 Scene 5 the audience feel sympathy for Juliet because at first, her cousin Tybalt is killed, by Romeo, who is Juliet’s husband, then Romeo is banished for killing Tybalt.   Romeo and Juliet have just spent their first night together and Romeo has to leave Juliet’s house early in the morning, before he is found and killed.   Juliet doesn’t want Romeo to leave and tells him that it wasn’t the lark, it was the nightingale.   Romeo is convinced by this and says “Let me be ta’en, let me be put to death. Juliet wills it, so I am content.”   Then after these lines are said by Romeo, Juliet changes her mind and convinces Romeo that is was the lark that “sings so out of tune” and tells him to leave before he is found and killed.   We feel sympathy for Juliet in this scene because she is stuck in a dilemma between Romeo and her family.

Romeo has just escaped from Juliet’s house when Lady Capulet walks in to Juliet’s room, Juliet is crying because she knows she may never see Romeo again.   Juliet lies to her Mother and tells her she is crying over Tybalt’s death.

The actress playing Juliet would speak her lines with a saddened voice, she is feeling like she is caught in a dilemma.   Lady Capulet then announces the ‘good’ news by saying “marry next Thursday morn, the county Paris, at Saint Peters church, shall happily make thee a joyful bride.”   Her Mother and Father do not know she has married Romeo.   When Juliet knows that she has an arranged marriage she says “He shall not make me a joyful bride!” Juliet is upset and does not know whether she will see Romeo...


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