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Explain the importance of Act 3 sc I in Romeo and Juliet.

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Explain the importance of Act 3 sc I in Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet is set in the 16th century. It is about two young aristocrats from families that were sworn to enmity. They fell in love and hoped that their secret love would bring an end to the family feud. However fate had other ideas; their families were instead torn apart by their (unions?) This essay attempts to explore the importance of act 3 scene I (sc) in the story. Act 3 sc I, is all about the hatred from Tybalt towards Romeo and anyone who associates with him. Act 3 sc I, is mostly important because it embodies all aspects, the love and hate, of the play. Act 3 sc I, focuses on the idea of dramatic irony. This is because we the audience know that Romeo has married Juliet and therefore this results in Romeo not striking Tybalt, because he has now developed a sudden respect for him. We know why Romeo is acting very friendly towards Tybalt; however Tybalt, Mercutio and other don't know why he is friendly towards the enemy. therefore building up tension in the audience. Act 3 sc I provides the actions which ultimately lead to the death of the protagonists. On one hand Romeo has just married Juliet, on the other he has just killed Tybalt and is faced with banishment, leaving him with nothing to do but run. ...read more.


These lines have an emphasis on the audience because they are said Baz Luhrman could have made this line better by making it a little quieter so that the audience would have to concentrate really hard to listen to Romeo. Other lines that are closer to the fight in this scene are important because they tell the audience "something big is going to happen, keep your eyes peeled!" Some of the most important lines in this scene close to the fight between Tybalt and Mercutio are lines 84-85 "Tybalt, Mercutio, the prince expressly hath forbid this bandying in Verona streets". Though this is after the fight starts it is a very important line. This is because Romeo is shouting to Tybalt and Mercutio that this sort of fighting is something you could get hurt by and the prince can banish you for it. This line also puts the audience on alert because it is in some ways saying that something bad is going to happen later on. And something bad does happen, Romeo fights Tybalt, who would have unknowingly been banished as he was fighting and had not listened to the prince, and kills him therefore clearing Tybalt's punishment and putting Romeo into banishment. In the Baz Luhrman and the Zefferelli films you can not hear these lines being said as there is too much of a ruckus because Mercutio and Tybalt are fighting. ...read more.


This is great timing as this builds up more tension and makes the audience think "oh no!" Shakespeare tells the audience of the consequences in most scenes. He does this in act 1 sc I line 90-91, this is where Prince Escales is telling the Montague's and the Capulets: "If you ever do disturb our streets again, your lives shall pay the forfeit of peace" and in act 3 sc I we can see that Mercutio, Tybalt, and Romeo have forfeited the peace, therefore they would, as the prince said, pay the forfeit of peace. Just before this scene Romeo and Juliet have just married, this scene, act 3 sc I, shows Romeo killing Tybalt therefore disturbing the peace, and building up tension as this is also a part of dramatic irony, as Romeo has not heard of this rule. This is evident because Lady Montague asks Benvolio whether he [Romeo] was close when the fight started. She does this straight after the prince leaves therefore indicating that Romeo was no present when the prince was talking of this rule. Due to the reasons given above I conclude that act 3 sc I is a very important part of this play. The scenes that I have mentioned in the previous paragraph influence the viewer's thoughts, this is because they always build up tension and make you question over and over again "Why? Why? Why?" Abdul Mufti Candidate Number: 4138 Centre Number: 13329 11. F 1 ...read more.

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