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Act 3:1 is a pivotal one Discuss this comment in terms of plot, staging, structure, character and relationships and language use.

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'Act 3:1 is a pivotal one' Discuss this comment in terms of plot, staging, structure, character and relationships and language use. Act 3:1 could be seen as pivotal as it is the centre of the five act structure and the peak in tension of the whole play, when we say pivotal we mean a critical essential section of the play This is where the action reaches a climax. Previous to this scene is the secret marriage of Romeo and Juliet, it is extremely important for the play that this is kept secret from all but the audience, as if the other characters in the following scene knew about it, a lot of the events may not unfold as Romeo and Tybalt are unbeknown to Tybalt, related, this would play a huge part in the events in this period as family was the main priority. ...read more.

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Romeo's happiness soon turns to both anger and despair when Tybalt and Mercutio begin fighting. The stage lighting will now have changed from the light cheerful colour of Romeo running to tell his friends his exciting news to possibly and orange colour for the heat imagery of Tybalt trying to start a fight with Romeo, and now possibly to red to portray he blind angers of the two men partaking in the violence. In an attempt to stop Mercutio from getting hurt Romeo intervenes and Tybalt stabs Mercutio from behind. Romeo is furious and hell bent on revenge and to kill Tybalt. Mercutio's last words "a plague o' both your houses" shows that he blames Romeo just as much as Tybalt for his imminent death as he was killed "under your (Romeo's) arm" This means that if Romeo had not tried to help Mercutio would probably still be fighting and would not be dead. ...read more.

Conclusion

to an abrupt end Romeo's punishment of banishment is highly ironic and upsetting for him at the time as because he has just married Juliet they need to copulate otherwise there wedding will not be official and if Romeo Is banished he will obviously not be able to fulfil this requirement. Also some may find Romeo's punishment unfair as if he had not killed Tybalt, then Tybalt would have received the death penalty so he was doing the work of the law. In my opinion Act 3: 1 is the most pivotal scene because it sparks a chain of events which ultimately leads to the suicide of Romeo and Juliet and begins the tragedy element of the play, the happiness of the play is now completely passed after the wedding and the plot goes in a downward spiral for Romeo and Juliet. (It is also ironic that Romeo came t fight as he had before stated that Juliet had made him effeminate.) ...read more.

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