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Discuss the dramatic significance of Act 3 Scene 1 in reflection to the whole play.

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Ben Rand - 5th December 2004 ROMEO AND JULIET Act 3 Scene 1 Discuss the dramatic significance of Act 3 Scene 1 in reflection to the whole play. Act 3 scene 1 has a dramatic significance in the following acts of the play. It was the fight in this scene that caused Mercutio and Tybalt's deaths. It also resulted in Romeo to be banished from Verona. There was a fued going back centuries between the two main families of Verona, the Montagues and the Capulets. Summer afternoons are always hot and this was no exception in the town of Verona. A few of the young men of the Montague family were sitting around in the shade when Tybalt and a couple of other Capulets approached. ...read more.

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The insults continue and then Romeo appears. This is dramatic irony as the audience know that Romeo is a Montague but also married into the Capulet family so by fighting Tybalt, he would be fighting his family. When Tybalt asked Romeo to "turn and draw", Romeo starts his reply with "I do protest". Mercutio is shocked that Romeo won't fight and when Tybalt draws his sword, Mercutio takes up the challenge on behalf of Romeo. This is to defend Romeo's honour. He feels that if a man challenges Romeo, Romeo should accept. Romeo comes between the men to prevent the fight. Mercutio, being unaware of the reason of Romeo's actions, is confused and caught off guard by Tybalt and stabbed. ...read more.

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Romeo now realises the seriousness of the injury and that Mercutio will die. Romeo states his anger by saying "this days black fate on mo days doth depend; this but begins the woe others must end". By this he meant that he will kill Tybalt to avenge Mercutio's death. His attitude and language has changed towards Tybalt. Earlier in the scene he was reluctant to fight Tybalt but now he is after him. When Prince Escalus arrives on the scene, Tybalt is lying at Romeo's feet and Romeo has a bloodstained sword in his hand. Benvolio explains the situation. The Prince then listens to both Lady Capulet and Old Montague but he has no choice but to banish Romeo from Verona. This scene changes the whole play from changing the genre from love to hate. The scene also reminds you of the first scene in the play where the hate is also present. ...read more.

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