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Discuss the Reasons Why Act Three Scene One is Such an Important Scene in the Play

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Discuss the Reasons Why Act Three Scene One is Such an Important Scene in the Play Act three scene one is thought to be one of the main scenes in this play. This scene turns the play on its head, by removing the romantic comedy aspect, transforming it to a tragedy with conflict and death. Before this scene happens Romeo and Juliet get married in secret, with only Fryer Laurence and the Nurse knowing anything about it. Tybalt walks into the square where Benvolio and Mercutio are talking about the civil unrest in Verona. Benvolio mentions about the heat of the weather setting the scene "For now these hot days is the mad blood stirring" (line 4). To me this is an indication that things are on the verge of going wrong and tension is building up. It also gives the image of a hell like scene ready to explode. This is the start of the continual imagery of the colour red. ...read more.

Middle

"Ay, ay, a scratch, a scratch. Marry, 'tis enough. Where's my page? Go Villain, fetch a surgeon." (Line 90-91) This is another good time in the play as it is when Mercutio realise that his life isn't a laughing matter anymore, he has now become angry. Also Mercutio is continuing the theme of Tybalt being a cat however it is ironic that Tybalt takes Mercutios life when Mercutio previously had mocked about taking one of Tybalts nine lives. Mercutio declares "a plague o' both your houses." (Line 88) this is acting as a prophecy as we discover at the end of the play through the death of Romeo and Juliet. The next section that the scene splits into is the fight between Romeo and Tybalt. Romeos character changes at the death of Mercutio, as he now wants revenge. "Now Tybalt, take the 'villan back again that late thou gav'st me, for Mercutio's soul is but a little way above our heads," (line 123) ...read more.

Conclusion

Act three, scene one is a very important scene because it involves Mercutio's and Tybalts death and the banishment of Romeo from Verona. Romeo was married to Juliet in the previous scene as well Overall, this scene is extremely important in the play and is a turning point leading to the fate of the families, but mainly the fates of Romeo and Juliet. There fate is tragic as they both take their own lives because they think each other is dead. However the death of the people in the families stops them feuding. The Princes words at the end of the scene interests and involves the audience because he is saying he's had enough punishment being separated from Juliet, and the audience wants to know how they will see each other again. The scene is interesting because its based around events that can happen in real life and is a classic example of the general ideas of the play. ?? ?? ?? ?? Lauren Hazard 11E 07/05/2007 ...read more.

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