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"Discuss the importance of Act 3, Scene 1 to the play."

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Romeo And Juliet "Discuss the importance of Act 3, Scene 1 to the play." This scene is pivotal for the whole play. Everything seems to be progressing in success until the dramatic effectiveness from this scene takes effect. These events lead the lovers to their tragic deaths which is previously mentioned in the prologue. This is the scene where all the problems start to occur and everything starts falling apart. It becomes apparent that it is no ordinary 'love story' but more of a struggle to survive through the most difficult situations. Shakespeare tells the audience what happens to the two star-crossed lovers before they have actually seen the play. This is to create suspense and later on to create 'false hopes'. Dramatic tension is built up and it seems as though they are two people who are in love but cannot be together. The whole act is revolved around whether or not Romeo & Juliet will escape their fate. "The fearful passage of their death marked love." This quote indicates Shakespeare way of telling the audience that the two lovers will die. He successfully uses the language of love later on in the play and suggests love will overcome the obstacles in their way. However, as the play goes on, the story unfolds and it becomes visible that it is no ordinary love story. ...read more.

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The mood seems sweet and calm. Everyone is enjoying each others company and is laughing and joking amongst themselves. Mercutio in particular seems very humorous. This is demonstrated when he makes a rude joke. He speaks of Romeo being erect. " I conjure only but to raise up him" This quote is an example of Mercutio teasing Romeo about Rosaline bur purely out of affection for his friend. " I conjure thee by Rosaline's bright eyes, by her high forehead and her scarlet lip, by her fine foot, straight leg, and quivering thigh, and the demesnes that there adjacent lie," - Another example of Mercutio's playful mood. However, when Mercutio becomes serious-it's significant. "A plague on both you houses!" - This shows a different side to Mercutio. He is of course influenced by what the Capulets are saying to him but the feud seems to destroy him. Mercutio uses word play; "you shall find me a grave man" - This has a sympathetic effect on the audience. Although the play starts very calmly and everyone seems to be happy- as it builds up, it becomes visible that everything is not as light-hearted and sweet as it seems. The play begins to sow reference to being dark, dismal and the thought of time running out. ...read more.

Conclusion

Of course Romeo walks away but then Mercutio steps in and calls it "vile submission". Mercutio then fights Tybalt instead of Romeo and is killed when Romeo tries to stop the fight. Romeo then feels a great guilt over the death of his friend and this gives him the sudden urge for revenge. "This but begins woe, others must end." After Romeo kills Tybalt he cries "O, I am fortunes fool!" - This is Romeo referring to his unlikeness in being forced to kill his new wife's cousin. This results in his banishment to Mantua. The sudden fatal violence in Act 1, scene 3, as well as the build-up to the fighting, serves as a reminder that, for all its emphasis on love, beauty and romance, R & J still takes place in a masculine world in which honor, pride and status are prone to erupt in a fury of conflict. The two families are battling for status and pride, which in the end has dramatic consequences. Act 3, scene 1 is vital to the development of the play up until this point everything is calm and collected but the tension is also building, This scene is when it is all finally released. The mood in the last scene of Act 3 (scene 5) is very tense and the two lovers are feeling under pressure. They are not letting themselves go like they normally do and seem to be talking a lot about death. ...read more.

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