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Explain how Act 3:Scene 1 can be described as a turning point in the play of 'Romeo and Juliet'

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Explain how Act 3:Scene 1 can be described as a turning point in the play of 'Romeo and Juliet' The tragicall history of Romeus and Juliet was the name of the narrative poem written two years before Shakespeare was born upon which he based the play 'Romeo and Juliet'. The poem was written by Arthur Brooke and published in 1562. It was translated from Italian prose by Bandello in 1554. A popular story in Shakespeare's times would be about two opposing families and these types of stories were mostly popular in France and Italy. Protestant and Catholics were in conflict from the basis of religious unrest when the play was written. There was also political unrest in Shakespeare's times and there were many different people competing for power. He was famous for building the famous Globe theatre, which is still standing. Shakespeare was also the lead figure of a group of actors called the Lord Chamberlains men and later went on to become a famous play write. When Shakespeare was writing Romeo and Juliet, most people believed that the sun went round the earth. They were taught that this was a divinely ordered scheme of things, and that in England God had instituted a Church and ordained a Monarchy for the right government of the land and the populace. ...read more.

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Shakespeare's audience used to believe in fate and that your life was planned out for you. According to the Romeo and Juliet book fate means 'misadventur'd piteous overthrows' = chance and accident. Romeo is reluctance to fight. This is dramatic irony, as the audience has seen the marriage, and can see Tybalt's confusion, as they know something that Tybalt does not. Tybalt insults Romeo again: "Boy," and uses the party as an excuse to fight: "Turn and draw." Romeo's dilemma causes him a great deal of discomfort during this scene. He does not want to fight Tybalt, Romeo's dialogue shows this: "And so, good Capulet, which name I tender as dearly as mine own, be satisfied." Romeo tries to sweet-talk Tybalt to diffuse the situation; whilst at the same time insinuates the fact that he loves a Capulet, the irony of the matter is that Romeo is referring to Juliet. This also is linked with Juliet's speech on the balcony, as regards to their names not stopping their love. "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other word would smell as sweet." (Act 2, Scene 2). She refers to the fact that a rose would smell as sweet whatever word we use for it. ...read more.

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Make haste, lest mine be about your ears ere it be out." Shakespeare shows the audience that Mercutio is not scared of Tybalt, this is shown as Mercutio says that Tybalt had better draw his sword quickly otherwise he would cut off Tybalt's ears before the sword is out. This use of language, which plants fantastic imagery in the audience's mind helps to build up the tension in the scene. This is another factor, making this scene a turning point in the play. The effect on Romeo is clear and evident. He doesn't want them to fight and Benvolio is still trying to keep the peace. As the scene draws to a close there is a change from blank verse to rhyming verse in the line 136. This adds drama, ominous tone and seriousness to the tone of the words making a dramatic climax. The seriousness also intensifies as the scene comes to a close. When Benvolio makes his speech at the end it gives images of death "Envious thrust from Tybalt hit the life". Romeo eventually kills Tybalt. Benvolio tells him what happened. The prince decides that Romeo should be exiled. Romeo's father has a different opinion to the prince. He thinks that Tybalt would have been executed any way for killing Mercutio and Romeo has already done it for them. Romeo and Juliet English C:\Documents and Settings\Owais\My Documents\Sohail documents\Explain how Act 3.doc ...read more.

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