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Act 3 Scene 1 is a pivotal scene in the play. All that goes before leads up to it and all that happens after it is a result. Discuss the validity.

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Act 3 Scene 1 is a pivotal scene in the play. All that goes before leads up to it and all that happens after it is a result. Discuss the validity. Act 3 Scene 1 is an important point in the play and it is also the longest scene in the play. It is remembered because it features the death of two major characters, Tybalt and Mercutio, and also the banishment of Romeo. Because of these incidents, the mood and tone of the play changes. Despair replaces hope, and tragedy replaces all comedy. The pace of the play changes to match the increasing loss of control Romeo and Juliet have over events. Before Act 3 Scene 1, Romeo and Juliet had met and fallen in love with each other at the Capulet party. They had then secretly married. The first scene of the play started at the marketplace, where there was a fight between the Montagues and Capulets. In this scene, the Prince gave a warning of severe consequences if they fought again in public. Because of this the marketplace is seen as a place of danger and a sign that something will happen when the two are there at the same time. In the scenes following Act 3 Scene 1, Juliet is forced into marrying Paris. She goes to the Friar for help and comfort. ...read more.


Before his death, Tybalt had sent a letter to Romeo demanding that they duelled, because Tybalt had seen Romeo at the Capulet Party. Prior to Act 3 Scene 1, Romeo has just married Juliet, so the last thing he wants to do is fight, especially with a Capulet. In Act 3 Scene 1, Mercutio's death brings a moment of rage and insanity over Romeo, who because of this, kills Tybalt without thinking of the consequences of his actions. Furthermore, we start to see a more serious Romeo. In the earlier scenes we saw Romeo as a dreamy kind of person, but as the play becomes more serious, so does he. Act 3 Scene 1 has been very well crafted by Shakespeare for maximum effect. It also has the quickest pace because in total there were eleven entrances and exits in the scene. There is no time to reflect on actions because it is so frantic. The plot starts to move on and Romeo and Juliet's fate becomes sealed. The scene is also placed physically in the middle of the play. It comes straight after the marriage scene. Because the marriage scene was happy and Act 3 Scene 1 is quite sad, it is called juxtaposition, which is a device Shakespeare copied from Greek tragedy. Shakespeare also uses another device called pathetic fallacy. ...read more.


In Act 3 Scene 1, the main mention of fate is when Romeo has just slain Tybalt and he realises what he has done. He quotes; 'O, I am fortunes fool' as if to say that fate had already decided that Romeo would kill Tybalt. Fate is also mention in other scenes. In Act 3 Scene 5, Juliet says 'I have an ill divining soul...' I have also noticed that the majority of quotes involving fate are in Act 2. There are, from what I see, four quotes involving fate in Act 2 and I think there is so many fate quotes here because this is the scene where Romeo and Juliet really begin to fall in love. They start to fantasize and so they talk about how fate brought them together and how it will never keep them apart. Romeo says 'I defy you stars' which again shows his impulsive nature as this tempting of fate would disturb an Elizabethan audience brought up in superstition and religion. Shakespeare has used Act 3 Scene 1 to balance the play. Before the scene, all the characters are in place and afterwards he deals with the consequences of the scene. The whole tone of the play changes. The humour dies with Mercutio, and Romeo and Juliet take a greater part in the play. From Act 1 Scene 1 their fate is sealed. There was some hope for them, but that died in Act 3 Scene 1 with two major characters. ...read more.

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