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Discuss the significance of Act 3, scene 1 in Romeo and Juliet with particular reference to how violence is used for dramatic effect.

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Discuss the significance of Act 3, scene 1 in Romeo and Juliet with particular reference to how violence is used for dramatic effect. The idea of Romeo and Juliet is a mixture of romance, violence, conflict and tragedy. The plot of the play is about a two teenage kids who fall in love at first sight, knowing their rival families detest each other. So knowing this they are more in love with each other than they would be in ordinary circumstances. Just after meeting and falling in love they decide to get married as soon as possible as they feel their love towards each other is stronger than ever, but there's always a hitch a any relationship, in this case Juliet's father has promised for Juliet to be betrothed to Paris, the Princes nephew. Juliet despairs at the idea of this and is worried her family will find out about her true love Romeo. To stop this from happening she devices a plan in which her family will think she has died. When Juliet's family find out they instantly believe she is dead and are devastated, but Romeo never gets the message that Juliet's plan of dying is fake, so he too ends up believing that she is dead and also ends his life. The genre of the play fits into the tragedy section, when the death of Romeo and Juliet takes place at the end of this romantic story. The deaths of these characters are expressed in a very charming way, (as is the rest of the story) because they end their lives in devotion to each other. The love between the two is so strong that they are lost with out each other. Also in act 3 scene 1, Mercutio is stabbed and dies, this is done at the hands of Tybalt (Romeo's rival). Romeo is incensed by this outrage, but also has feelings of guilt for Mercutios death, as Mercutio was under his arm when he was stabbed. ...read more.

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From lines 156 to 179 Benvolio acts as the narrator, speaking how the fight broke out between Mercuio and Tybalt and then Romeo and Tybalt. He retells the story of how the two fights came about. With one hand...with the other..." Benvolio speaks about how extreme they were fighting. He says they were fighting with 'swords and daggers'. "Comes back to Romeo, who had but newly entertained revenge..." Benvolio says that before Romeo took action, he thought about it for a moment and then took his revenge. At the end of his narration, Benvoilio swears on his life that he is telling the truth, this just proves that he is a good person and this explains why he is a peacemaker throughout the play. All the characters in the play have different characteristics which makes this play complete and gives the emotion to it. Tybalt's character does not change at any point before or during act 3 scene 1, because he acts as the villain and is always has been a fiery person. Romeo's character is kind, gentle and is a Loving person before act 3 scene 1, but during this scene he is gentle and loving for only half the scene until the death of his best friend Mercutio happens, and Romeo feels it's his position to fight Tybalt back for killing Mercutio. Mercutio's character is very humorous, joking and sarcastic. Mercutio's sarcasm can be seen as a mockery towards other characters, for instance the fight between himself and Tybalt. In act 3 scene 1, Mercutio is still humorous, joking and sarcastic during the scene but up until his death. Which Mercutio partly blames Romeo for, so he turns on him and makes Romeo feel he is disloyal. Benvolio's character is a hot headed, concerned, a good and loyal friend and a peace loving person, which does not change before or during Act 3 Scene 1. ...read more.

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Tybalt, you rat catcher, will you walk?" he wants to fight Tybalt for Romeo instead, Benvolio tries to persuade Mercutio into going home "I pray thee, good Mercutio, let's retire: The day is hot, the Capulets abroad, And, if we meet, we shall not scape a brawl" Benvolio being a peace keeper did not want to stand by and watch Mercutio duel one of the Capulets of which there were many that hot afternoon and on a hot day you feel hot and upset because of the heat, tries to get the fight between Tybalt and Mercutio off the streets "We talk here in the public haunt of men: Either withdraw unto some private place, And reason coldly of your grievances, Or else depart; here all eyes gaze on us." Benvolio tries to move the fight off of the streets of Verona so that they cannot be watched by the public. Shakespeare builds the tension in this scene by showing us aggressive sides to each of the characters for example Shakespeare makes Romeo try and befriend his enemy which enrages Tybalt who then fights Mercutio in place of Romeo and gets killed, Romeo is then enraged because of the death of his best friend and reacts to this by killing Tybalt. The audience having already seen this know that it can only end in tears for everyone. In my opinion I think that Act 3 Scene 1 is by far the best scene in Romeo and Juliet because it shows many sides of the characters like Mercutio who is most of the time making a fool of someone he fought against Tybalt for Romeo, Romeo shows a loving nature towards Tybalt because he has just married Juliet, Tybalt's cousin and does not want to start a fight between them and Tybalt not knowing this begins to think that Romeo is mocking him it is also the main turning point of the play because it ends with the banishment of Romeo from Verona by the Prince. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sarabjeet Kaur English-Miss Titman ...read more.

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