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Act 3 Scene 1 Romeo and Juliet.

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Act 3 Scene 1 Coursework Question In Act 3 Scene 1 Tybalt comes seeking to pick a fight with Romeo but comes across Mercutio and Benvolio instead. After some heated comments between Tybalt and Mercutio Romeo turns up and, of course does not wish to fight Tybalt because unbeknown to Tybalt is now related to him (through marriage of Juliet). So Tybalt starts a fight with Mercutio who is mortally wounded under Romeo's arm as he tries to stop the fight. Mercutio promptly dies and Tybalt leaves, Romeo swears revenge and chases after Tybalt and kills him. After this news Prince Escalus banishes Romeo from Verona. At the beginning of the scene there are Benvolio and Mercutio hanging around in the streets of Verona. Benvolio is a little nervous. He knows that the Capulets are out "And, if we meet, we shall not scape a brawl; for now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring" Apparently Mercutio doesn't want to believe his friend is afraid of a fight, so he tries to fool Benvolio into a different frame of mind. He says that Benvolio is like a fellow who goes into a tavern, slaps his sword on the table and says loudly that he hopes he doesn't have to use that sword. ...read more.


The reason being he is now secretly related to him through marriage to Juliet. Romeo the says that he is not a villain and starts to leave but Tybalt, dumbfounded at Romeos talk of love to Tybalt tries again to start a fight "Boy, this shall not excuse the injuries / That thou hast done me; therefore turn and draw". At this Romeo does turn but does not draw, instead he gives more loving words "I do protest I never injured thee, But love thee better than thou canst devise, Till thou shalt know the reason of my love". He ads that he loves the name Capulet as much as his own (Juliet) and asks Tybalt to be satisfied with that. We know that Mercutio wanted to fight Tybalt before and he now feels that the reason Romeo will not fight is because he is intimidated by Tybalt so he decides to take up the matter saying "Tybalt, you rat-catcher, will you walk?" rat catcher because Tybalt is known as the king of cats and will you walk meaning can we go somewhere to settle this. Tybalt replies "What wouldst thou have with me?" ...read more.


In Verona bodies of Tybalt and Mercutio now lie before the Prince, The prince asks what happened to trusted Benvolio and he tells of the bloody affray al though meet with some objection from Lady Montague. "And for that offence immediately we do exile him hence" says the Prince as Romeo is banished from Verona. Act 3 Scene 1 was a pivotal point in the play, many scenes led up to it and from it. As you can imagine if the events from this scene had been different then the outcome of the play would have been considerably changed. For example if the Prince had ordered Romeo to Death then its quite probable that Juliet would still be alive. However the scenes leading up to it could not have averted what happened like the letter from Tybalt to Romeo or the talk between Mercutio and Benvolio about Tybalt. There has also been a lot of dramatic effect in the scene and there has been a lot of talk and threatening that has led up to an inevitable point that has changed the play and influenced the whole outcome of it. So therefore I conclude that this was the most significant Scene and Act in the play. Thomas Graffin ...read more.

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