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Act 3 Scene 1 is seen to be a pivotal scene with regards to the rest of the play. Prior to this scene everything seems to be indicating towards peace and harmony between the two powerful feuding

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English Coursework Romeo and Juliet. Act 3 Scene 1 is seen to be a pivotal scene with regards to the rest of the play. Prior to this scene everything seems to be indicating towards peace and harmony between the two powerful feuding families of the city of Verona, the Montague's and the Capulet's. Although hatred is abundant between the two families there is one significant similarity between them, they both have single children, Romeo (of the Montague family) and Juliet (of the Capulet family). Romeo and Juliet, both unfazed by the hatred between their families, get deeply entangled in love, which leads to the young couple secretly getting married. At first it seems that this marriage could unify both the families. However from the beginning of Act 3 Scene 1 things take a twist, for the worse. From the very first dialogue Shakespeare strongly indicates that a brawl shall take place. This is done by singular words that are constantly repeated like the word quarrel. Mercutio uses this word no more then seven times in one monologue. Benvolio prophesises that an encounter with the Capulets would 'not scape as brawl,' With the entrance of Tybalt this prophecy begins. ...read more.


This self guilt is turned into anger for Tybalt, who killed Mercutio. Romeo then, mentally unstable after losing a friend, quotes 'This day's black fate on moe days doth depend, this but begins the woe others must end.' This shows that Romeo feels that because of Mercutio's death other people will be affected, more significantly others will also die or 'end.' Romeo is already thinking about revenge. Straight after Romeo delivers this couplet Tybalt re-enters, this makes the audience think that the above quote is relating to Tybalt. This proves to be the case as Romeo in 'fire-eyed fury' decides that either Tybalt or he himself shall join Mercutio. After a quick fight Romeo emerges as the victor and Tybalt emerges dead. However Romeo's victory is short lived as the citizens of Verona awaken to the dreadful scene. Romeo is forced to flee. His last line before fleeing 'O, I am fortunes fool,' show that Romeo regrets what he has done and accepts that he acted hastily, this is evidence of his naivety. Benvolio is the only character in this scene that doesn't actually physically be involved in a conflict. All the way through the scene Benvolio is the worrier. ...read more.


Also there is the factor of how Juliet would feel knowing Romeo killed her cousin; this would test her faith and love in Romeo. The Montague family would mourn the death of Mercutio whereas the Capulets would mourn the death of Tybalt. I believe this scene would also result in a ceasefire, no more clashes between the two families. The families may realise, as Mercutio did, that a life is worth more than a family name. To conclude I believe this scene is pivotal because it not only destroys three lives but it also destroys two households. This scene gets rid of the two main aggressors from both families, which may result in fewer brawls between the two families. I believe this scene is where everything occurs. The families begin to realise that there are consequences for their actins. Also this scene is pivotal in the fact that before it everything was satisfactory, but after this scene things spiral out of control. This scene starts the domino effect. This scene also talks about moral rights and wrongs is the saying an eye for an eye right or wrong, Shakespeare shows is one outcome of what can happen. This is important because at Shakespearian time people did actually believe in the saying an eye for an eye. ...read more.

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