• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Choose one scene or part of a scene and analyse significance, historical context and dramatic quality referring to the language Shakespeare uses Act 3 Scene 1- The climax of the play.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

English Coursework Choose one scene or part of a scene and analyse significance, historical context and dramatic quality referring to the language Shakespeare uses Act 3 Scene 1 - The climax of the play Italians normally take a nap after lunch during the heat of the day. In the height of summer the heat is supposed to create madness. Shakespeare may have moved the action from spring to summer for just this reason. There are many themes in this play especially in this scene * Hastiness- Romeo is hasty to fall in and out of love. The two are too hasty to get married; they never thought about what could go wrong. * Infatuation- Romeo and Juliet, in all probability, were not really in love. They were infatuated with each other. They were in love with the idea that they were in love. They could not have fallen so deeply in love with only one conversation. * Selfishness- Tybalt was selfish for killing Mercutio. Romeo was not thinking of Juliet as he killed her cousin. Mercutio and Benvolio are in the public square of the city. Benvolio suggests that they go home since the Capulets are likely to encounter them (and if we meet we shall not scape a brawl). Mercutio is always ready for a fight, Responds with his good-natures humour and accuses Benvolio of being too peace loving. ...read more.

Middle

This demonstrates how Mercutio is a strong representation of all that is youthful and carefree in this play. Mercutio does not change dramatically in this play. The only slight change a reader may see is when he is about to die, he yells: "A plague on both your houses!" This may be regarded as a change because Mercutio has never been so serious before. He has never expressed any disagreement of the relationship between the Montagues and the Capulets. Now, he seems to realize the damage the fighting is capable of doing, unfortunately, it was too late for him. In conclusion, Mercutio's character is obviously very complex and vital to the plot of this play. He represents independence, youth, and freedom, and makes the story line a lot more interesting. He is apparently a vital role to this play and its success. This scene is characterized by rapidity of action and varied moods. It marks the crisis of the play with the deaths of Mercutio and Tybalt and the banishment of Romeo. This is also important because of the irony, as Romeo's flaws are that he is impulsive and immature, but when he does act mature as well as refusing to fight it ends up in disaster so, although Romeo has married Juliet, he is now unable to stay with her in Verona. ...read more.

Conclusion

Before the death of Mercutio Romeo does not want to duel with Tybalt and so he says "I do protest I never injur'd thee, but love thee better than thou canst devise, till thou shalt know the reason of my love: and so, good Capulet, which name I tender, as dearly as my own, be satisfied," this shows that Romeo does not want to hurt Tybalt as he is now Romeo's relation, but after Mercutio died Romeo says "this day's black fate on mo days doth depend; This but begins the woe others must end," and to Tybalt he says that either him or Tybalt or both must go with Mercutio's soul. The language that Romeo uses before and after the death of Mercutio is contradictory to what he said before the death. The imagery before the death of Mercutio is cheerful and witty but after he passed away the imagery is all gloomy and dark. There are some key issues intwined in this scene and the rest of the play * Feuding- The feuding of the families was the whole reason for the tragedy. They should have reconciled their differences years ago. They didn't even know what they were fighting about. * Fate- It was considered fate that they would meet and fall in love and then die for each other. Fate brought them together as well as ended their lives. It was in the stars. Joseph Motha ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Romeo and Juliet section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Romeo and Juliet essays

  1. How does Shakespeare create a sense of tragedy in the final scene of 'Romeo ...

    This increases the tragedy for the audience, because in the audience's position the tragedy is now foreseeable, and therefore stoppable. When Romeo goes to the tomb he is in a state of grief stricken fury. He uses commands to show how determined he is.

  2. Act 1 Scene 5 - How does Shakespeare use language to establish the characters ...

    and an audience of today would feel sympathy for him as he can look quite contemptible. Shakespeare presents Romeo and Juliet's first conversation through a sonnet, a poetic convention very popular in the Elizabethan age. The sonnet uses "I" which allows Shakespeare to break the limits of dramatic performance and

  1. Discuss The Theme Of Hatred And Vengeance in Act 3 Scene 1. How Does ...

    In Act 3 scene 1 Tybalt is furious at Romeo's friends but mainly at Romeo because they gate crashed the Capulets' party. Tybalt felt as if they were being imprudent towards the Capulets' and their guests. Romeo refuses to fight Tybalt because Romeo is now related to Tybalt by his marriage to Juliet, and so refuses to fight him.

  2. Explore the significance of Tybalt's role in the play Romeo and Juliet

    Firstly I am going to look at the whole of Act three scene one and see how the atmosphere and tension is built up. The scene is set in Verona, a public place Mercutio, Benvolio and his men enter

  1. How does Shakespeare use language, characters and dramatic structures to introduce the theme of ...

    This also makes the audience feel not too disappointed when Tybalt dies because he wasn't an easy person to get along with. The audience certainly do not feel as compassionate towards Tybalt to when Mercutio is murdered. Mercutio was a lively, noisy type of character and his language is always full of jokes.

  2. Evaluate the Significance of Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet

    and Mercutio replies "Tut, dun's the mouse, the constable's own word." (I.VI.39) Dun's the mouse is an old saying for telling someone to be quiet thus Mercutio tells Romeo to be quiet over his love by using this homophone. Mercutio's influence over Romeo can also be recognised in Act Three Scene One when Mercutio encourages Romeo to fight.

  1. In act 3 scene 1, both Mercutio and Tybalt are in the mood for ...

    He is full of whimsical descriptive detail and describes Queens Mab (a fictional character) as sitting in " an empty hazelnut/ Her wagon spokes made of long spinners' legs." Mercutios name comes from the word 'Mercury' which suggests that Mercutio is not only fast with movement but is also fast with words.

  2. Act 4 scene 3 of “Romeo and Juliet” is very emotional and dramatic. Write ...

    Juliet opens her speech in a very moving way with a passionate outburst. All alone, she cries out: "God knows when we shall meet again/ I have a faint cold fear thrills through my veins." Juliet says this since she will be with Romeo and it may be sometime before she meets everyone again.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work