Why does Juliet want to believe the birdsong she can hear is a nightgale, not a lark? its from romeo and juliet

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This scene is where Romeo and Juliet consummate their marriage. Juliet knows that Romeo has to leave and go to Mantua in the morning because if they see him he will be put to death. She doesn't want to believe she has to lose her husband to banishment and wants to make every moment count. Therefore she wants to believe it is the lark and not the nightingale. When the nurse calls to her to tell her her mother is coming, realith sets in and Romeo must flee.

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Romeo and Juliet have had their one night together as a married couple,the only night they will ever have together. The nightingale is the bird of the night; it sings its song while the moon is out. The lark is the bird that signifies the morning sun. Juliet doesn't want to hear the lark because it means her one night of wedded happiness is over, and she doesn't know when she will see Romeo again.

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The main emphasis behind the opening of these lines: Act 3 Scene 5 is on the idea that Juliet wishes that day would not come (lark) and that the night (nightingale) would last longer. Hence, Juliet tries to convince herself that the music is in fact the nightingale and not the lark. However, underneath the surface of these lines there is another symbolic meaning behind the nightingale. The nightingale is known for its song because each bird sings the exact same song. The significance of this song suggests that it was heard by some of the greatest scholars and lovers in the turn of history; one that harkens a connection between these people and immortalizes their love. Juliet may wish to revel on the idea that many lovers might have gone through the same situation that...

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