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Acts 3 scene 1 of the play is a turning point. How important are the events of this scene to the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet?

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Romeo and Juliet Essay Acts 3 scene 1 of the play is a turning point. How important are the events of this scene to the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet At the beginning of the play the audience already know the plot, from the prologue. The prologue describes the two lovers to be, quote: 'star-crossed lovers', luck will influence the events. Their love leads to death, quote: 'death marked love' this tells us that Romeo and Juliet are going to die, but in the first two acts, the actions of the play seem to be positive and encouraging because Romeo and Juliet first sight each other at the Capulet's ball, they fall in love, start to meet up secretly after the ball, get married without telling anyone and start planning their future together. In the space of twenty-four hours all these things have happened. In act 3 scene 1 the power of chance causes two deaths. The death of Mercutio, Romeo's best friend and Tybalt, a close relative of the Capulet's. This was caused because the Montague's gatecrashed the Capulet's ball and Tybalt wanted to teach Romeo a lesson for gate crashing the Capulet's ball. Tybalt didn't intend on killing anyone but he ended up killing Mercutio because Mercutio was defending Romeo's honour. When Romeo had realised that Tybalt had killed Mercutio from wounding him, he went after Tybalt and killed him. ...read more.

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Providence influences this event because Mercutio is caught off guard and it is Romeo's fault because he stood between them so they didn't fight but Tybalt gets the chance to wound him, in the stomach from behind. Mercutio repeats a dying mans curse on both families when he is wounded, Quote: ' a plague o' both your houses' this shows Mercutio now sees how stupid the dispute between the two families is. Mercutio talks about his injury to be a small scratch, he pretends it's not serious. His friends do not realise that he is seriously hurt, quote: 'what, art thou hurt?' Benvolio believes that it is not serious injury. Romeo feels guilty and angry, after Mercutio's death, quote: 'Fired eyed fury be my conduct now!' Romeo forgets all the reasons not to fight Tybalt, He is now determined to fight him, quote: 'either thou or I, or both, must go with him', this shows that Romeo means to kill Tybalt even if he loses his life himself. Romeo's mood changes again after Tybalt's death because he says, quote: ' o, I am fortunes fool', this shows us that Romeo has now come to his senses and feels that fate has been playing with his life and made him do things he shouldn't do, he feels that he has been played like a puppet on a string is played by its play master. ...read more.

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Therefore Mercutio had to fight Tybalt to defend Romeo's honour and Romeo couldn't fight his own battles and left Mercutio to do it all. Romeo is guilty of killing Tybalt, Romeo didn't want to fight Tybalt but when he found out that Tybalt had killed Mercutio, Romeo forget all the reasons not to fight Tybalt and goes after him and kills him. He fighted Tybalt through the friendship of Mercutio so Romeo is as guiltier as he is not guilty. So overall I think Tybalt is to blame for the two deaths because he was the one that wanted to take matters further, for Romeo gate crashing the Capulet's ball. If Tybalt hadn't come to where Mercutio and Benvolio hang out, then there would be no fight and Mercutio and Tybalt himself would be alive. So I think Tybalt is to blame for his own death and partly Mercutio's. Romeo is partly to blame for Mercutio's death because he got in the way of the fight and he didn't tell Mercutio that he had secretly married Juliet, which would change how Mercutio felt about fighting. Romeo gave Tybalt a chance to wound Mercutio not purposely but Mercutio got caught off guard. Romeo is also guilty of killing Tybalt because Romeo killed Tybalt through the friendship of Mercutio. So both Romeo and Tybalt are to blame for the two deaths. English Coursework Hasina Begum 10SD 04/06/03 ...read more.

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