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Discuss how Shakespeare changes the mood in the play from Act 2 scene 6 to Act 3 scene 1

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Andrew McMahon Discuss how Shakespeare changes the mood in the play from Act 2 scene 6 to Act 3 scene 1 Act 2 scene 6 is a very short scene in which Romeo and Juliet get married and the mood is a happy one where the crowd would be cheerful, and in stark contrast Act 3 scene 1 is full of taunting, upset and death where the crowd would be angry and possibly jeering and shouting at the dastardly Tybalt. The settings for both of these scenes are very different; the wedding scene is set around midday and in a church, whereas Act 3 scene 1 is in the afternoon in a public place on the streets of Verona in Italy. The way Juliet runs into the church is almost comical, she rushes into the church, I think this is also saying she has rushed into the marriage. In Shakespeare's day this would have been considered rude and disrespectful as they where very serious about their religion in these times. ...read more.

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If we look at what he is saying we can see that he is very anxious saying things like "These violent delights have violent ends" (Act 2 scene 6 line 9) Meaning that lovers passions can be short lived, he is worried that Romeo is so much in love with Juliet that it will not last very long and echoes the words of the prologue at the start of Act 1 scene 1. "A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life" The audience would react to this and realise that this relates to the beginning of the play, and will be anticipating a relationship with lots of troubles. At the start of Act 3 scene 1 Benvolio is being his usual self trying to stay away from a confrontation with the Capulet's and says "I pray thee good Mercutio, let's retire. The day is hot, the Capulet's are abroad" And as usual Mercutio does not take much notice even when Tybalt arrives he still would rather fight than run away Benvolio:"By ...read more.

Conclusion

Doth much excuse the appertaining rage..." Tybalt:" Boy, this shall not excuse the injuries that thou hast done me, therefore turn and draw" In the above extract there is a oxymoron love and rage, Romeo and Juliet is a play full of opposites. As you can see once again Romeo's attitude is quickly changing he has gone from accepting Tybalt as part of his family and suddenly he is wanting to kill Tybalt for him slaying Mercutio. Then the aforementioned part where Tybalt and Mercutio fight, and for Tybalt killing Mercutio Romeo takes revenge by killing Tybalt after chasing him through the streets of Verona. The prince then sentences Romeo to death if he ever comes back into Verona. "And for that offence. Immediately we do exile him" The scene ends and the crowd would be shocked, and eager to see what will happen to the romance between Romeo and Juliet now that Romeo is banished from Verona. ...read more.

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