Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Romeo and Juliet
In Shakespeare’s, “Romeo and Juliet,” one can see the contrast between plot, character
development and theme; three important elements of literature that are ongoing throughout the
book. In Act 2 Scene 5, specifically, there are many factors adding to the plot, such as Romeos
descriptive orders involving his marriage with Juliet. This scene also shows a new side of the
character Juliet, as her mood changes and her thoughts portray a darker side of her. The audience
experiences a different side to the beloved Juliet, as well as the Nurse. Then the theme of haste
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Also, a clear
entertainment value can be noticed with the arguing going on between the Nurse and Juliet,
which adds to the action, making the plot. It is evident in this scene that the plot is advanced; and
for its importance, it should remain in the book.
In the play, Juliet is considered to be a kind, caring and positive person. This scene
reveals her darker side and expresses a change in her personality, giving us insight on her weaker
traits such as nervousness, frustration and impatience. She continues her argument with the
Nurse but the Nurse continues to hold back the information. In this quote, Juliet reveals some of
her impatience: “How art thou out of breath when thou has breath, to say to me that thou art out
of breath? /Is thy news good or bad? Answer to that.” (Act 2 Sc. 5 II 31-32, 35) This quote shows
a darker side to Juliet as it she shows she can be serious at times even with her most respected
family members, such as the Nurse. At first, Juliet does not realize what the Nurse is trying to do
but she soon becomes irritated. “Where is my mother? Why, she is within. Where should she be?
How oddly thou repliest!” (Act 2 Sc 5 II 59-60) This is evidence that Juliet is very annoyed. The
Nurse has been close with her since birth but this scene displays how, when Romeo invokes love
in Juliet’s life, she becomes a different person. Another detail about the Nurse is revealed when
she holds back her information, showing us that she can be a trustworthy and honest person. Her
characters true colours are also seen.
A theme of haste/delay and serious romance is consistent with Romeo and Juliet. Act 2