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An analysis of the dramatic qualities of Act 3 scenes 1 in Romeo and Juliet

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An analysis of the dramatic qualities of Act 3 scenes 1 in Romeo and Juliet Briony Donnelly Act 3 scene 1 is very effective because of where it is placed in the play. We have just ended on a happy note in Act 2. Friar Laurence wanted to unite the Montagues and the Capulets. So we have a scene full of love and joy, the wedding between Romeo and Juliet. This is a great contrast as what comes in the next scene is quite the opposite. Everything that has been before this has been closer to one of Shakespeare's comedies, rather than his tragedies. There are comic figures in the play such as Mercutio and even one of the main protagonists in the tragedy, Romeo. He fits the comic role because he falls in and out of love very quickly. We see this as when we first meet him at the beginning of the play he is in love with Rosaline, yet as soon as he meets Juliet he falls in love with her. To us this seems quite ridiculous and quite hilarious. In fact most of the events before Act 3 scene 1 have been largely positive, but it is at this point in the play where the happiness, from the previous scene, is shattered and the course of action of the play is now a relentless path to tragedy. ...read more.


This is a dramatic moment in the play, and so is Romeo's reaction. At first he seems to be blaming his love for Juliet, because if it wasn't for his love for Juliet he would have fought Tybalt, and Mercutio wouldn't have been killed. "O sweet Juliet! They beauty hath made me effeminate, And in my temper soften'd valour's steel!" Here Romeo's mood turns to anger, especially when Benvolio comes back and tells him that Mercutio has died. Now he allows himself to be angry and doesn't hold back because of Juliet. So when Tybalt enters, Briony Donnelly Romeo is in anger and is ready not just to involve himself in a friendly fight; he clearly has the intent of killing. He makes a threat to Tybalt, "Either thou, or I, or both, must go with him" The actual fight written in the play is only written as "they fight, Tybalt falls" and is not that dramatic in itself but the after events are. Particularly because the only thing that Romeo says is "O, I am Fortune's fool" He says this because he knows what lies next cannot be good, as he knows the extent of what he has done. This also relates to how the play keeps referring to fate and at the beginning it describes Romeo and Juliet as, "Star-crossed lovers" And again when Benvolio describes then fight he describes it as "Fatal brawl" Here fatal has a double meaning, obviously meaning deadly as it was a deadly fight. ...read more.


In conclusion I would say that this is the one of most dramatic Scenes in the whole play, apart from the end scene. You see the true colours of some characters, we see murders and the guilt it brings. We see many themes, obviously the main one being love. The play focuses on romantic love, specifically the intense passion that springs up at first sight between Romeo and Juliet. In "Romeo and Juliet", love is a violent, ecstatic, overpowering force that replaces all other values, loyalties, and emotions. In the course of the play, the young lovers are driven to defy their entire social world. Romeo watches his best friend dying as he wouldn't fight because of his love for Juliet. They both defy their families. The powerful nature of love can be seen in the way it is described, or, more accurately, the way descriptions of it so consistently fail to capture its entirety. At times love is described in the terms of religion, when Romeo and Juliet first meet. "Romeo and Juliet" does not make a specific moral statement about the relationships between love and society, religion, and family; rather, it portrays the chaos and passion of being in love, combining images of love, violence, death, religion, and family in an impressionistic rush leading to the play's tragic conclusion, "For never was a story of more woe Than this of Juliet and her Romeo". ...read more.

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