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Discuss and compare the pivotal two scenes that impact on the dramatic action of the Shakespearian play Romeo and Juliet.

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Romeo and Juliet Discuss and compare the pivotal two scenes that impact on the dramatic action of the Shakespearian play Romeo and Juliet. In Romeo and Juliet there are two pivotal scenes that affect the outcome of the play. These are Act 2 Scene2, the balcony scene and Act 3 Scene 1, the fight scene. The definition of the word pivotal is the centre on which something turns or that on which something or someone depends on to a great extent. This makes Act 2 Scene 2 and Act 3 Scene 1 vital to the play for the simple reason that they symbolise the build up and fall of the play in terms of the characters happiness. In the first two acts the romantic and happier atmosphere of the play is building up as Romeo and Juliet meet (Act 1Scene5) and declare that they're in love with one another (Act 2 Scene 2). Then in Act 3 things take a dramatic downturn as the fight involving Mercutio, Tybalt, and Romeo takes place, in which Mercutio dies at the hands of Tybalt causing Romeo to kill Tybalt out of anger and vengeance for his friend's death. ...read more.

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Another good reason why this scene may be classed as 'pivotal' is because of the way in which the feelings that Romeo and Juliet express to one another seem very rushed and exaggerated. To people who watch or read this play nowadays would have to take into account the fact that in the days when this play was set, relationships and interaction between members of the opposite sex would have been very different to that of what might happen in this era. In the days when this play was set, people did not get acquainted with one another before committing themselves to a serious relationship, or saying that they loved one another. Usually among the more important of families sons and daughters would be found a partner by their parents who considered the couple to be a 'match' or sometimes people would get married to help the wealth or status of their family. Using the background information that we are given at the beginning of the play in the prologue, we can gather that in Verona which is where the play is set, the love between Romeo and Juliet would be highly frowned upon due to the bitter feuds that are a common occurrence between the Montague and Capulet families. ...read more.

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Another comparison between the two scenes is the way in which both scenes start off with a certain dangerous feeling about them. At the beginning of Act 2 Scene 2, the Balcony scene Juliet tells Romeo that him being up at her window is very dangerous and that if the Capulets see him then they will murder him. The feeling of Danger also occurs at the beginning of Act 3 Scene 1, the fight scene when Benvolio says to Mercutio: "I pray thee, good Mercutio, let's retire: the day is hot, the Capels are abroad, and if we meet we shall not scape a brawl." This shows us that Benvolio is worried that if they stay outside then they will not escape a confrontation with the house of Capulet. In conclusion, Act 2 Scene 2 and Act 3 Scene 1 are pivotal due the many different ways in which people can look upon and view these two scenes and because of the many different ways in which the two scenes can be described. When the two scenes are compared to one another I feel that they share few qualities that are the same but nevertheless do possess some very noticeable similarities. Romeo and Juliet Essay Tony Capon 10E - 1 - ...read more.

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