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Act 3 scene 1 Romeo and Juliet

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Hayley may 3 scene 1 Romeo and Juliet Act This scene occurs immediately after Romeo has married Juliet, which explains his friendliness to Tybalt. The general contrast of love and hate in the play is very clear in this scene. Another theme of the play that is strong in this scene is the idea that we are not in control of our lives the Friar will say to Juliet later: "A greater power than we can contradict/Hath thwarted our intents". Here when Romeo has killed Tybalt he cries out: "I am fortune's fool", which I think he is trying to say that he has got his fortune (Juliet) and now he has thrown it away by becoming a murder he has been branded as a fool. Yet another theme that appears is that of the dispute and how innocent lives are harmed by it. Here it is Mercutio who curses the disputing families: "A plague on both your houses!" ...read more.


the characters as this would be what every person would carry around in the olden days as it was seen as a what a gun would be to us a sword would be to them. There are two passages of fighting. The stage directions simply tell us who fights and who dies. Often in this play Mercutio speaks in writing style. This is a mark of relaxed attitude. Mercutio are all from royal families yet all sometimes speak in writing style. Speaking in writing style shows their attitude to the situation they are in or the person they are addressing. In this scene various characters speak in writing style, but after Mercutio's death the more serious mood is shown as characters all speak unrhymed verses. This is kept up until the end of the scene, where Benvolio, Lady Capulet, Montague and the Prince all speak in rhyming verse. The language use has changed since Shakespeare's time; a villain in earlier times was a common person - so the name, applied to a nobleman like Romeo, would be an insult. ...read more.


We know Benvolio is truthful We know why Lady Capulet disputes his account We know why what she says might seem believable We know that the Prince knows Tybalt's character, as reported by Benvolio This scene like this whole play has lots of patterns and wordplay. Much of it is from Mercutio. Jokes come when Mercutio is wounded: first he is sarcastic his wound is not as "deep as a well" or "wide as a church door" but quite enough to kill him then he makes a bad joke "grave man". Finally, he lists animals to insult his killer: "A dog, a rat, a mouse, a cat, to scratch a man to death". A more elaborate pattern is found in Tybalt's challenge to Romeo and Romeo's replies. When Tybalt sarcastically says "the love I bear thee" (no love at all) Romeo responds with "the reason that I have to love thee", while "Thou art a villain" becomes "villain am I none". "Boy, this shall not excuse the injuries..." is met with "I do protest I never injur'd thee". Finally the direct challenge: "Therefore turn and draw" is countered with "And so...be satisfied". ...read more.

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