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Act 3 scene 1 - Why would an audience find this scene appealing?

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Romeo and Juliet "Romeo and Juliet" has always been one of Shakespeare's most popular plays since it was written back in the 1590's. In this essay I'm going to explore Shakespeare's presentation of Act 3 Scene 1 as a turning point in the play. Tension has been building up earlier in the Scene. Tension has been built up at the very beginning of the play in Act one Scene one where the two families were fighting. Also tension has been built up in Act one Scene five where Tybalt recognised Romeo at the masked party. He threatens to get even with Romeo but does not do it until Act three Scene one. In Act three Scene one it is obvious from the beginning that tension is brewing because Benvolio one of the main characters, mentions that it is a hot day. "The day is hot, the capels are abroad, And if we meet, we shall not 'scape a brawl, For now these hot days, is the mad blood stirring." Another reason why there's tension is because the Capulets are looking for trouble, in particular looking for Romeo because he turned up at the Capulet's masked party uninvited. Mercutio is in an awkward mood because Romeo didn't meet up with him after the party. ...read more.


Mercutio didn't understand why Romeo did not want to fight Tybalt. Tybalt calls Romeo and the Montagues all sorts of names and Romeo doesn't do anything about it. In Elizabethan times it was really important to protect your own family's reputation and honour. Mercutio couldn't believe Romeo acted like a coward when Tybalt called him a "villain" which was the worst insult. This is another example of dramatic irony, which Shakespeare uses because Mercutio doesn't know about the marriage either. The audience would be on Romeo's side because they know that Romeo is married to a Capulet but Tybalt is just ridiculing Romeo. Every time Tybalt is around the audience know there's trouble in the air. Tybalt is always trying to make things worse than showing that he's really argumentative. Romeo showed the opposite of that trying to calm things down. Mercutio enrages Tybalt by constant use of a cat metaphor. Mercutio knows that Tybalt's name is a common name for cats so he calls him a "rat-catcher" and a "King of Cats". When Mercutio was hurt by Tybalt he even said, "Ay, ay, a scratch, a scratch, marry 'tis enough". I do not think Tybalt meant to kill Mercutio. He only wanted to humiliate or embarrass him because he was protecting Romeo. ...read more.


Two major characters, Mercutio and Tybalt, have been killed because of the feud. The violence between the two families is escalating therefore. Romeo's character has changed quickly after the fight: he does not change his mind anymore. Romeo also becomes much more hard-hearted. There's no more fun or humor in the play because Mercutio, the joker, has died. Romeo has always believed he wouldn't live too long. After he met Juliet he had thoughts of living with her happily. Now we can see he's made up his mind as he killed Tybalt and believes dying early is his destiny. There is no turning back now. Two people have been killed because of the feud. The moral viewpoint Shakespeare is presenting is that love triumphs. As Romeo and Juliet die for loving each other, I would say the two families would have to make up for their children who die for love. Shakespeare is commanding on Tybalt, Romeo and Mercutio's fighting. All three of them fought for their reputation and the result of that was Tybalt and Mercutio's death. Shakespeare is trying to show why there is violence in the first place if they had not have fought there would not be any deaths. Any audience would find this scene appealing because it contains comedy, romance and violence. It basically has everything so it is an exciting scene. An Elizabethan audience would have been vastly entertained. by marta wanot 10m ...read more.

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