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Discuss the importance of act 3, scene 1 to the overall structure of Romeo and Juliet. 'Romeo and Juliet' is a famous love story written by the famous playwright, Shakespeare. This story revolves around a pair of 'star crossed lovers' and their struggle to unite despite the fact that their families, the Montagues and the Capulates were feuding with one another for decades. As the two families were very powerful in Verona and had been feuding for a very long time suggests that this relationship would not survive and that they were destined for failure. Shakespeare makes the audience aware of this fact that their relationship and lives were doomed through various dramatic scenes in which he portrays further tension between the two families. Shakespeare does this though scenes of sword fighting, disguise, misunderstanding, humour and tragedy. The prologue is used by the playwright to add to the tragedy genre as he informs his audience about the fate of Romeo and Juliet. At this point although Shakespeare indicates his intensions and the fate of the two young lovers via the phrase, "the fearful passage of their death-mark'd love," he does not fully reveal the play thus keeping his audience interested in the way in which the main characters of the play are driven to their deaths. Shakespeare uses the phrase "from forth the fatal loins of these foes a pair of star-cross'd lovers take their lives," in order to illustrate the fact ...read more.


The audiences have to watch as the lovers are bought to their suicides. Act 3 scenes 1 is the key scene as it changes the direction of the whole play; from the play focusing on the love between Romeo and Juliet, to the lovers trying to save themselves from their destiny. The main character responsible for Romeo and Juliet's death is Tybalt. Shakespeare uses this character to portray the immense amount of hatred that the two families feel for each other. Tybalt's involvement in the play changes the direction of the play as he creates violence and spreads hatred amongst the people around him. Though the audience is warned at the beginning of act 1 and we become aware of Tybalt's destructive powers, this is shown when Tybalt says "What, drawn and talk of peace? I hate the word, as I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee." This clearly shows his hatred for the Montague family. Tybalt is presented to the audience at the Capulet's party, where he recognises Romeo and therefore challenges him to a fight, nevertheless his enthusiasm to fight Romeo remains, thus we know he will attempt to fight Romeo or a member of the Montague family at some point, this is illustrated through the fact that he says, "I will withdraw, but this intrusion shall, now seeming sweet, convert to bitt'rest gall." ...read more.


When Romeo goes looking for Tybalt he says, "This but begins the woe, others may end." this shows that he is saying more than he knows, and his revenge with Tybalt will be the start of the woe, this is heartbreaking as it signifies the sadness that is going to enter their lives resulting in their tragic deaths and the end of the play. After Romeo kills Tybalt he shouts, "O, I am fortunes fool." Shakespeare uses the word fortune as his destiny and that Romeo is playing the role of a fool and here Romeo has control over him. The fact that Romeo has killed Tybalt, this will result to more hatred for Romeo from the Capulet family. Consequently the Prince of Verona decides to banish Romeo to Mantua and he is forced to leave Juliet, who is devastated by the loss of her love. Act 3 scene one plays a significant role in the development of the play as it portrays the vengeance and hatred between the two families. The fact that the star crossed lovers give into their emotions despite knowing that their families were enemies suggests that even they knew that their love was destined to failure thus they marry in secret. However throughout the play Shakespeare creates an atmosphere through various emotions in order to persuade the audience to hope and believe that the lovers will survive up until the time the two lovers reach their tragic destiny. Hence act 3 is the height of all these mixed emotions. ?? ?? ?? ?? Nosheen Fouzia 10PPL 1 ...read more.

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