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Comment on the importance of Act 3, Scene 1 in the play 'Romeo and Juliet' by William Shakespeare

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GCSE English Coursework: Pre 1914 Drama Study Comment on the importance of Act 3, Scene 1 in the play 'Romeo and Juliet' by William Shakespeare The Play 'Romeo and Juliet' is a Shakespearean tragedy about the love between two people that is doomed to fail from the start. Set in Verona, Italy, the two young lovers have to face a number of complications along their way to love. But, when a message fails to reach Romeo, things get missed and misunderstood. The main themes in this play concern love of different kinds. Courtly love is a conventional view of love. For example Romeo is in love with Rosaline but he knows he cannot force her to love him. "Is love a tender thing or is it too rough, too rude, too boisterous and it pricks like a thorn?" Sexual love or infatuation is the state of being completely carried away by unreasoning passion or love and this is what Romeo feels when he first sees Juliet. He is strongly impacted by Juliet and forgets about Rosaline. "Did my heart love till now?" "For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night." Dutiful love is a love that is required because of position or situation. Paris and Juliet are arranged to be married so it is her duty to love him even if she does not. Paris' love for Juliet is a dignified one. "O nurse, how shall this be prevented?" The love between Romeo and Juliet would be described as true love, the strongest, most sincere type of love. ...read more.


But the next scene is full of hate, anger and grief. This gives the audience a 'high' before the 'low' of the next scene and makes them believe that it could work out between the two lovers but then all the chances that they ever had are dashed and makes everything seem hopeless. The scene links to lots of previous events in the play, it links to the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets and the previous public brawls that they have had and the Prince's warnings about them. For the audience, this emphasises the fact that Romeo and Juliet will never have a chance and always puts that question of failure over their relationship as there is always going to be conflict and hate surrounding them. ****Before Romeo's entrance, there is a lot of built up tension between Mercutio and Tybalt. Shakespeare does this by creating an argued that was intended to be insulting and Because Romeo gate crashed the Capulets party, where he met Juliet, Tybalt's cousin, Tybalt challenges him to a duel. But as Romeo is married to Tybalt's cousin, Juliet Romeo wants to keep the peace. "I do protest I never injured 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" At this point, Tybalt is confused about why he would not fight him, even after he calls Romeo a "villain". ...read more.


I think that this scene is extremely significant as it seals the fate of the young couple, it is the point in the play which makes you realise that everything is doomed no matter what they try, it makes you sad to know that it's over before it even got properly started. For the audience, this is a major turning point in the play where everything declines rapidly and you go from the romantic blossoming love of the young couple and sink into the sadness of their separation. It pulls the audience in at this point as it makes them wonder if there is any hope at all. This scene is so important to the play as it is the point where everything turns from good to bad, and decides the fate of the young couple. I like this scene as it is so intense and emotional, there are so many emotions running through the scene as well. There's the love for Juliet and the hate for Tybalt, the grief for Mercutio and the rage and passion to avenge his death. I think that it's extremely powerful and emotional. It makes me very upset for Romeo and Juliet as they cannot be together now, it also makes me angry at Tybalt for how he started the fight and caused the two lovers to be separated even though they were bringing the two families together, he pushed them further apart, further into the hate for each other. ...read more.

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