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Act 3, Scene1 in 'Romeo and Juliet.' Why is this a pivotal scene in the play?

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Laura Mackie English Coursework Romeo and Juliet Consider Act 3, Scene1 in 'Romeo and Juliet.' Why is this a pivotal scene in the play? In your answer you need to consider: * What we learn about the characters? * How the scene is dramatically effective? * How the scene links to the play as a whole? * How the language used, adds to the drama and links to other scenes in the play? * Social / historical /cultural influences in this scene and the play as a whole. * Make sure you show evidence from the play through reference and quotation. Act 3, Scene 1 is classed as a pivotal scene in the whole play. This is due to the fact that all the tension from previous scenes leads up to it and consequently it is a direct result of what happens afterwards. The play is set in Verona, Italy in Europe. Shakespeare used this setting deliberately because people considered Italy to be a very romantic place at that time. So already it was the setting for a love story. People of that era were also very interested in any location abroad as it was highly unusual to travel away from home. So many were naturally attracted and excited by the play even before hearing about it. ...read more.


fighting, etc. Mercutio uses various puns frequently and Shakespeare makes incredibly effective exploit of them. In Mercutio's speech at the start of Act 3: - "Thy head hath been beaten as addle as an egg." When Tybalt enters there is a swift exchange of speech: - "By my head here come the Capulet's." The structure of language changes to prose. This is effectively dramatic because the audience get the idea that Mercutio is utterly ruthless, for the reason that even though Benvolio tells him to come away from the Capulet's he disinclines: - "By my heel I care not." Shakespeare also makes operative exercise of the puns in Mercutio's argument with Tybalt. The play on words are of music and fighting and we additionally get images of music as well: - "...here's my fiddlestick, here's that shall make you dance: 'zounds consort." Benvolio again is the peacemaker and tries to make them both stop. He also speaks in blank verse as he is talking about making harmony: - "We talk here in the public haut of men: ... Or else depart, here all eyes gaze on us." Laura Mackie The dramatic tension surrounding this scene creates an emotional roller coaster for us, as the audience. As we leave the end of Act 2 the atmosphere is quiet and serene because Romeo and Juliet have just been married. ...read more.


Again there is the reference to fate: - "...This day's black fate." When Tybalt enters afresh, the tension rises because Romeo starts to get angry and he refers to the villain as Mercutio's wound. This is personification: - "...And fire and fury, be my conduct now. Now Tybalt take the villain back again." After Tybalt dies and Romeo flees, Benvolio must tell the Prince what happened. He says that Romeo was fair due to the fact that he only attacked and killed Tybalt because he executed Mercutio: - "Romeo that spake him fair." We also acquire a knowledge and characterisation of Mercutio from Benvolio: - "...At bold Mercutio's breast." "Of stout Mercutio" All of Benvolio's speech is in blank verse showing the importance of what he is saying. In conclusion to this, everything that happens within Act 3 Scene 1 is a consequence of what occurs later in the play. For example if Tybalt had not killed Mercuto: - "... Brave Mercutio is dead." Romeo would not have killed Tybalt: - "... And Tybalt slain." Romeo would not of been banished: - "Immediately do we exile him hence." This would mean the whole tragedy of Romeo and Juliet may never of transpired into what it did. This proves why Act 3 Scene 1 is a pivotal scene in the play. ~ ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 1 ...read more.

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