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Examine the Importance of Act 3:1

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Examine the Importance of Act 3:1 In Romeo and Juliet This scene consists of two pivotal deaths as Tybalt, a Capulet, strikes down good Mercutio, a close friend of Romeo, and Romeo murders Tybalt. The scene is not as simple as this as Romeo has recently married the single child of the Capulet's Juliet. The scene starts with Mercutio and Benvolio chatting in the midday heat, a heat of which is talked of as "... hot days, is the mad blood stirring." This proves to be a very relevant comment. Tybalt, a fiery character, enters the scene looking for a fight with Romeo; but he enters into a heated exchange with Mercutio, Mercutio begins by insulting Tybalt "Tybalt, you rat catcher, will you walk" and Tybalt replies, "What wouldst thou have with me?" Romeo arrives happy with his new marriage, this just causing more anger with Tybalt as he sees Romeo's niceness as an insult, Tybalt is unaware of the hasty marriage between Romeo and Juliet, this is a use of dramatic irony by Shakespeare. ...read more.


5:3 This scene also marks a deepening of the feud between the Capulets and the Montagues of which is built up throughout the previous scenes. The Prince warns them about public disturbances in the opening scene of the play. The brawl as it is described is the beginning of the end in the feud. The use of dramatic irony is crucial in the scene to make it an important one, the audience knows of the marriage and understands why Romeo acts as he does towards Tybalt. He hopes to heal the rift through his secret marriage to Juliet. "And so good Capulet, which name I tender as dearly as mine own." This arouses fury in Tybalt he does not understand the situation. This scene reveals a new side to Romeo one of which we have not seen before. Romeo was portrayed previously to us as a love sick teenager. In the early scenes he pines for Rosaline. But when Romeo meets Juliet he is similarly love-struck and forgets Rosaline immediately, becoming obsessed with Juliet. ...read more.


"Thou wretched boy, that didst consort him here," The scene is the transformation from a light hearted love story, into a dark tragedy the comedy is lost with the death of Mercutio, and the darkness is brought about with the change in Romeo. This tragic story is not stereotypical of a Shakespeare play, as there are no sub plots, none seem to be needed as a story as moving as this is entertaining and thought provoking enough in a simple form. Act3:1 such an important scene with so much action, twists, changes and provides a major turning point in the play. The Prince's words "And for that offence we do exile him hence...I will be deaf to pleading and excuses." These words seem so fair and understanding yet powerful and strong. In my view this scene is the most important scene in the play it starts the ball rolling until we reach the death of both Romeo and Juliet, finally relieving the tension of the families, ending the feud but at what cost. By Michael Gell ?? ?? ?? ?? Michael Gell 6/Feb/06 ...read more.

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