What adjectives might explain the mood of the scenes in Act 3?

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robertwilliam eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There's a link to our enotes "Themes" link below. And I've given you some adjectives (and other words) that I think fit the mood of the scenes in Act 3. All the scenes have separate sections so there's lots of sets of adjectives for each scene!

Act 3, Scene 1. (the fights, Mercutio's death, Tybalt's death) hot, ominous, out of control, uneasy, dangerous, impulsive, shocking. And at the end, with the prince, the mood is sombre, severe.

Act 3, Scene 2 (Juliet's soliloquy, her conversation with the nurse). To begin with, excitable, nervous, soaring, and then, once the Nurse has entered, surprising, confused, panicky - and when Juliet has heard the news - despairing, self-dramatising.

Act 3, Scene 3 (Romeo and Friar Laurence, the Nurse enters, Romeo's plan) despairing, neurotic, moody, extreme, sulky, unwilling, desperate - and, at the very end, slightly optimistic and hopeful.

Act 3, Scene 4 (Capulet and Paris talk) a little sad, but blokey, matey, resourceful, polite, charming.
Act 3, Scene 5 (Romeo and Juliet wake up together) romantic, sad, despairing, scared, ominous, then (Juliet and Lady Capulet) reflective, mournful, isolated, then (Capulet's anger) terrifying, violent, dominant, and (Juliet left alone at the end), isolated, lonely, desperate.