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Analysis Of Act 3 Scene 1 - Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet English Coursework Write an essay of 800-1000 words analysing Act 3, scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet. Focus on the main themes of violence, 'macho' culture, dramatic irony and dramatic effect on the Elizabethan Audience. Comment on Shakespeare's use of language. Introduction This Essay will look mainly at Act 3, scene 1. This scene is important because of the dramatic turn of events in the play, starting at this point in the play. The play turns from a theme of romance to a theme of violence. This Essay will also look in detail at each of the main characters in this scene; Romeo, Mercutio, Tybalt and Benvolio. The Essay will also look at dramatic effect, and the effect on the Elizabethan audience. It will look at the theme of the Elizabethan audiences' understanding of 'macho' culture. And finally it will conclude our observations. The Main Characters Romeo is a lover, he has no interest in fighting as is shown in Act 1, Scene 1, "O me! ...read more.


Mercutio is a fighter and responds to Tybalt is a proud person and will always look for a fight in order to retain it, but he is not as good a fighter as Mercutio and nor is he as cleaver, "Boy, this shall not excuse the injuries, that thou hast done me, therefore turn and draw."(Boy: a term of contempt). He shows signs of cowardice when he applies a blow to Mercutio under his arm and exits the scene in a hurry to avoid retribution, knowing the trouble he is in. Later in the scene he is killed by Romeo. Benvolio is honest peace loving man, he shows this in Act 1, scene 1, "I do but keep the peace. Put up thy sword, or manage it to part these men with me."(Manage it: use it properly, part: separate). Benvolio does not change in Act 3, scene 1; he gives a completely honest account of events in the scene. "O noble prince, I can discover all, the unlucky manage of this fatal brawl; There lies the man, slain by young Romeo, That slew thy kinsman, brave Mercutio."(Discover: reveal, manage: conduct). ...read more.


'Alla stoccata' carries it away. Tybalt, you rat-catcher, will you walk?" Tybalt having insulted Romeo it is assumed that he will fight Tybalt. Conclusion The most important part of this scene is the dramatic irony that Romeo is married to Juliet, but no one else knows this. This only taster for the final scene, but is still significant in the dialogue between Romeo and Tybalt. Romeo and the audience know that Romeo is married to Juliet and therefore cannot fight Tybalt, the other characters do not know this, and Romeo is expected to fight Tybalt in response to the insult. "No better term than this: though art a villain". Romeo does not reveal his secret, but he tries to excuse his submission. "Tybalt, the reason that I have to love thee. Doth much excuse the appertaining rage." In this essay I have analysed and explained the key themes of violence, 'macho' culture, dramatic irony, dramatic effect on the Elizabethan Audience and Shakespeare's use of language. In terms of the play as a whole Act 3, scene 1 and it's themes of violence dramatically change the course and theme of the play, from almost an almost comic love story to a tragic tale. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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