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How does Shakespeare create sympathy for Romeo in Act 3?

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How does Shakespeare create sympathy for Romeo in Act 3? William Shakespeare was born on 23rd April 1564 in Stratford-Upon-Avon and he is the most famous playwright of all time. 'Romeo and Juliet' was written late in the 16th century and it is a tale of two lovers who have to keep their relationship a secret because their families hate each other. As a result of the families hate for each other the play ends in tragedy. Throughout Act 3 Shakespeare creates a lot of sympathy for Romeo. Romeo gains a lot of sympathy in Scene 1 as he watches an argument between his friend, Mercutio, and Juliet's brother, Tybalt, unfold. They and other members of the Montague family are discussing the prospect of a quarrel with the Capulets. Benvolio, another friend of the Montague family, says '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; For now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring.' ...read more.


Shakespeare creates a lot of sympathy for Romeo as he can't stop the fight breaking out between his best friends and his wife's brother. Just after Tybalt draws his sword Romeo even says 'Gentle Mercutio, put thy rapier up.' This is a last effort to stop the two fighting. His efforts go to waste and Tybalt stabs Mercutio and kills him. As Mercutio is dying he exclaims 'A plague o' both your houses!'. This makes Romeo very distressed because Mercutio has just partly blamed Romeo for his death. This makes Romeo realise that his love for Juliet has made him soft and he now seeks revenge. He kills Tybalt as he acts on impulse. Benvolio tells the whole story to the Prince who immediately exiles Romeo. Throughout the scene Romeo gains a lot of sympathy as he tries to avoid a confrontation but at the same time he has to resist the urge to fight. In Act 3 Scene 3 Romeo is waiting for his punishment in Friar Laurence's cell. ...read more.


In parts of this scene Romeo is even on the brink of insanity as he tries to come to terms with his exile. Eventually the nurse and Friar Laurence devise a plan so that Romeo can escape with Juliet. Shakespeare creates sympathy for Romeo very cleverly. Romeo gained sympathy as he struggled to deal with the complex emotive problems he faced. There is a consistent link between love and death. When Tybalt challenges him to a fight he declines at first because he is in love with Juliet, but he then ends up killing Tybalt. When Romeo is in prison he tries to kill himself because he thinks that his love, Juliet, is dead. Overall Shakespeare whilst not overtly, creates sympathy for Romeo by describing the complex dilemmas Romeo faced, the struggle Romeo had to control his anger and emotions and the psychological impact it had on Romeo. Shakespeare encourages the reader to consider what would I do if I was in Romeos position. By making the reader feel empathy for Romeo, it is then much easier for the reader to sympathise with Romeo's predicament as they view his dilemmas through their eyes. ...read more.

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