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How is Act 3 Scene 1 of 'Romeo and Juliet' an important scene?

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GCSE ASSIGNMENT Laurence Latham How is Act 3 Scene 1 of 'Romeo and Juliet' an important scene? The play 'Romeo and Juliet' deals with the long standing feud between the two most important families in Verona, the Capulets and the Montagues. A passionate relationship develops between the Capulet daughter Juliet and the Montague son Romeo with tragic consequences ending in the death of both of them. Ironically this heals the rift between the two families. Act 3 Scene 1 is the most important scene in the play because of the murder of Mercutio, Romeo's friend at the hand of Tybalt Juliet's cousin. This is pivotal to the rest of the play. This drives Romeo to seek revenge by murdering Tybalt. Friar Lawrence's hopes of Romeo and Juliet's marriage healing the rift between the two families "For this alliance may so happy prove To turn your households' rancour to pure love." are dashed. The tenderness of the marriage scene is swiftly followed by the violence and killing in Act 3 Scene 1. ...read more.


Tybalt is only interested in fighting Romeo because of the insult to his family when Romeo gate crashed the Capulet ball .Tybalt is anxious to cause a confrontation and calls Romeo a 'villain'. Romeos response is a tense moment as he hints of his recent marriage to Juliet because he is desperate to keep the peace "And so good Capulet, which name I tender As dearly as mine own, be satisfied." This is a moment of dramatic irony as the audience understand that he loves the name Capulet now because he has married a Capulet. Mercutio is outraged by Romeo's refusal to fight or be offended. "O calm, dishonourable, vile submission!" He challenges Tybalt and although Romeo and Benvolio try to intervene they fail to stop the fight. Mercuitio is fatally wounded and before he dies he puts a curse upon both the Montagues and the Capulets ...."A plague o' both your houses. They have made worms' meat of me. I have it, and soundly, too. ...read more.


Benvolio warns ......."the Prince will doom thee death If thou art taken." The Prince, Montague, Lady Montague, Capulet and Lady Capulet arrive at the scene. Benvolio tells the story of how Tybalt and Mercutio died. Lady Capulet accuses Benvolio of lying and demands Romeo's death. Prince Escales orders that for killing Tybalt Romeo will be banished from Verona. Act 3 Scene 1 is also important because the young love of the two characters has overcome a family feud so it is inevitable that the Prince's banishment will be broken with tragic consequences. In conclusion Act 3 Scene 1 is central to the plot of this play set against a background of an 'ancient grudge' between two families .Tybalt feels that the honour of his family has been insulted by Romeo's presence at the Capulet ball and it is in this scene that the 'hot blooded' young Tybalt seeks his revenge. Romeo however is unusually reluctant to fight because of his secret attachment to the Capulet family. Once blood has been spilt this is a turning point in the story resulting in the death of the 'star-crossed lovers'. ...read more.

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