Romeo and Juliet;Act III Essay Question.?

Question:Writing Response.
When she finds Juliet weeping, Lady Capulet assumes that Juliet is still mourning over Tybalt's death. explain why Shakespeare gives Juliet lines filled with double meanings. Support your ideas with at least two details from the play.

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I'm not gonna give you ALL the details since that would be cheating ;-) but here's the reasoning behind it...

Juliet's parents Lady Capulet and Capulet are eager for their daughter to marry County Paris since he is a rich nobleman. However, Juliet is in love with Romeo and cannot tell her mother this as it will make her angry because Romeo is a Montague. For this reason, Juliet feels it is better that Lady Capulet thinks she is weeping for Tybalt.

One of my favourite examples of these "double entendres" (phrases with "double meanings" - it's French :-) !) is when Juliet says in Act 3 Scene 5, Lines 93-95 :

"Indeed I never shall be satisfied
With Romeo, till I behold him - dead -
Is my poor heart, so for a kinsman vexed."

By this, Juliet means that she will be upset until she can see Romeo again - "dead is my poor heart".

However, her mother hears this as "till I behold him dead".

Through the use of such a phrase, Juliet is able to tell the truth without her mother knowing about her marriage to Romeo. This is an example of dramatic irony since the audience knows what's happening and how Juliet intends this to be heard.

Hope this helps ;-)

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