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In what ways is Act 3 Scene 1 a turning point in the play Romeo and Juliet?

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In what ways is Act 3 Scene 1 a turning point in the play Romeo and Juliet? This essay will look at the events which caused the inevitable downfall of Romeo in act 3 scene 1. It will also look at how this event is associated with the main tragedy of the play. The first event which sparks off the fighting in the play is that of Sampson and Abraham, servants of the two households. Sampson of the Capulet family throws an immense insult at Abraham; the biting of the thumb (back in Shakespearean times) . Sampson then says, when asked if the insult was aimed at Abraham. "No, sir, I do not bite my thumb at you, sir, but I bite my thumb, sir." By saying this Sampson gets away with insulting the Montague's as the law would have been against them if he was to say yes. "Is the law of our side, if I say ay? No." The two servants then fight but Benvolio enters shortly after and breaks it up. At that moment too, Tybalt enters and challenges Benvolio to fight him. Prince Escalus enters to break up the fight. ...read more.

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"Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight, For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night" This sudden change in emotions that Romeo has makes the audience question Romeos true feelings, for one minuet he is rejoicing his love for Rosaline and the next he has no feelings for her anymore and has moved on to loving another girl. Throughout the course of the play, Romeo and Juliet have to keep the fact that they are in love and towards the end, that they are married, a secret to stop further outbreaks of violence between the two houses. The only other people which knew about their love for one another were Friar Lawrence and the Nurse. In Act 2 Friar Lawrence and the Nurse both play a large part in helping arrange the marriage. Friar agrees to marry Romeo and Juliet in hope to heal the hostility between the two feuding houses. "In one respect I'll thy assistant be; For this alliance may so happy prove, To turn your households' rancour to pure love." Nurse's part in the getting-together of Romeo and Juliet was as a go-between for the two lovers. ...read more.

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"And fire-eyed fury be my conduct now!" Romeo continues to say that he must do right the actions, as Mercutio's soul is waiting above their heads for it; fighting to the death with Tybalt. Romeo killing Tybalt is the biggest turning point in the play. Up until then, there was a chance of a happy ending and both families coming round to accepting one another. However, the arrogance of Mercutio and Tybalt force Romeo into a position where he has to defend the honour of his murdered friend. Killing Tybalt was the main action that Romeo took to loose a happy ending, Shakespeare even lets the audience know of this be Romeo saying... "This day's black fate on more days doth depend; This but begins the woe others must end" This turn of events caused Romeo to be punished by the prince with banishment from Verona. Consecutively his relationship with Juliet was bound to suffer. In many ways his banishment also contributes to his own death and that of Juliet's as when he hears of Juliet's death, at the end of the play, he buys poison in Mantua, to end his own life in grievance. Romeo's relationship also suffered because he killed Tybalt. Juliet's likelihood of getting to see Romeo again continuing their relationship was completely jeopardised. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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