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Act III, scene one - Romeo and juliet.

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Act III, scene one marks the climax of the play and the point at which Romeo's tragic fortune begins its rapid decline. Explore Romeo's attitude in this scene and race his changing mood as events unfold. As events unfold during the play Romeo's mood changes dramatically. He begins the scene by being extremely happy because he has just married Juliet, but his happiness decreases drastically as the scene comes closer to its end. At the end of act II Friar Laurence marries Romeo and Juliet, which brings hope that the Capulet family and the Montague family will come together after decades or their feuding. Both have been forbidden by Prince Escalus from disturbing the streets of Verona and if they ever disturb them again their 'lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace'. Romeo also does not want to cause any disagreements between the two families as he is now related to the Capulets and any feuding would lead to more problems, it would also upset Juliet greatly. The act opens on the streets of Verona with Benvolio and Mercutio. ...read more.


Romeo enters the scene and appears the happiest man in the whole of Verona as he has just married Juliet, though he must keep this a secret until a more appropriate time. Tybalt immediately approaches Romeo and pronounces him a 'villain'. Romeo replies saying that he cannot say anything back to his remark because the reason Romeo has to love Tybalt excuses it. Romeo continues to avoid fighting Tybalt, but Mercutio thinks Romeo is teasing him by saying: 'Tybalt the reason I have to love thee Doth much excuse the appertaining rage To see such a greeting. Villain am I none. Therefore farewell; I see thou know'st me not.' Mercutio thinks of this as teasing as he does not see any reason why Romeo could love Tybalt, and does not know of the reason that excuses his insult to Romeo, so all Mercutio can see it as is teasing. Mercutio does know however that Romeo does not want to fight Tybalt. Mercutio eventually draws his sword and he and Tybalt begin to fight. Romeo does not want this fighting taking place, as he fears the Princes punishment and he tries to stop the fighting only to get in the way and cause injuries to Mercutio. ...read more.


Tybalt enters and Romeo's guilt for his friends death turns into anger for Tybalt, 'fire-ey'd fury be my conduct now!' He now wishes his anger could guide him to kill Tybalt so Tybalt's soul could join Mercutios. They fight and Romeo kills Tybat. Benvolio tells Romeo to run away because of the consequences and Romeo realizes he has been foolish and remembers the Prince's words, he leaves the scene. The Prince enters, followed by the Capulet's and Montague's. Benvolio tells them how events took place, and Lady Capulet insists on Romeo's death. Instead Prince Escalus banishes Romeo from Verona and if he returns he shall then be killed. Throughout the scene we see many different moods Romeo experiences, from him being ecstatically happy when he marries Juliet, loving and honest when first confronted by Tybalt, brave when he intervenes, guilty when Tybalt has killed Mercutio, as he was in the way. Angry, when Tybalt then re-enters the scene and single-minded when it comes to fighting Tybalt as he looks for no other solution to his guilt or the consequences and finally he feels foolishness when he does realize the consequences of his actions against Tybalt. ...read more.

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