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Shakespeares play Romeo and Juliet shows a clear turning point in act 3 scene1 which dramatically changes the outcome

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Introduction

William Shakespeare?s ?Romeo and Juliet? tells the tale of love in a time of conflict. This tragic play follows a young couple known as Romeo and Juliet as they fall in love, get married and die together during the period of just four days amongst a background full of dreadful violence and hatred. The play hinges on a very significant turning point in act 3, scene1 where the main character, Romeo, makes a vital decision which changes the fortune of the young couple?s lives for the rest of the play. Throughout the play Shakespeare uses the contrasting themes of love and hate also the theme of fortune. Celestial imagery, symbolism and irony are used to help convey the themes and show the importance of the turning point in act3, scene1. During act1, the theme hate is strongly expressed through the character Tybalt. Tybalt is a Capulet and cousin of Juliet. A fight starts between the Montague boys and Tybalt and his men, but when Benvolio (a Montague) suggests peace he replies by saying: ?What, drawn, and talk of peace! I hate the word As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee? The theme hate is expressed as the word is repeated twice in one sentence expressing how much Tybalt enjoys violence and that he is more than happy to fight the Montagues. ...read more.

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Its almost like Romeo and Juliet are breaking a curse by falling in love despite their families? hatred for each other but instead of good luck they just bring themselves doom. The audience can clearly see that this is going to be the highest point of the play as nothing much more can happen that is positive because by them marrying each other they are just bringing on bad luck. Act 3, scene 1 is the most important scene of the play as it is the turning point. Once again the Montague and Capulet men battle. Tybalt accidently kills Mercutio and Romeo is left feeling devastated and deeply angered. Romeo makes a fatal decision and decides to take revenge on Tybalt by killing him. ?O, I am fortune?s fool!? It is quite clear that Romeo had forgotten his love for Juliet as his hate took over. This is the point of peripitea as Romeo has realised he has done a terrible thing and as a result he has reversed his fortune with Juliet. The killing of Tybalt is Romeo?s harmatia as it is his fatal flaw and nothing will be the same again. From this point in the play everything that happens is extremely unlucky for the couple. Romeo repeats that he is ?fortunes fool? twice emphasising that this is the turning point for him and Juliet. ...read more.

Conclusion

When Capulet says ? As rich shall Romeo?s by his lady?s life; poor sacrifices of our enmity!? This shows the realisation of the parents discovering their foolish faults. The audience is left to wonder if the deaths of Romeo and Juliet was the price to pay for the families to unite. The two families uniting at the end over their children?s death is symbolism for the fact that love is born from hate as if their children did not die then they would never have noticed the extent of their wars! In conclusion, Shakespeare?s play ?Romeo and Juliet? shows a clear turning point in act 3 scne1 which dramatically changes the outcome of the play and results in the young couple tragically dying at the end. The play used symbolism to show that Romeo and Juliet had to die because love is stronger then hate. Even though Romeos harmartia badly affected Romeos and Juliet?s future it did not deteriorate their love showing just how powerful love can be. Throughout the play celestial imagery was used through Romeo to describe the true beauty of his relationship with Juliet. The audience was left with a satisfying ending as the parents managed to see past the years of fighting and make up and also Romeo and Juliet managed to die together in peace. This tragic play has a tragic ending but ends on beautiful note: ?For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.? ...read more.

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