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Make a close study of Act III scene I. How far can it be seen as a turning point in the play?

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GCSE: Romeo and Juliet Make a close study of Act III scene I. How far can it be seen as a turning point in the play? The action that goes before this scene has prepared the audience in many ways for what is to happen next. For instance in the very first scene, act 1 scene 1, where the friends, servants and members of both the houses, Montague and Capulet, fight in the streets. This may be seen in the view of the audience that the houses must really loathe each other, if war breaks out at the joke two Capulet servants made on two Montague servants. It makes the audience speculate what is behind this unusual reaction. Consequently the audience suspect that if a fight happens at a joke than what will happen if something serious happens between the families. Hint, what will happen when Romeo turns up at a Capulet masque. Also the audience anticipates whether the Prince will act on his speech he made to the citizens in act 1 scene 1. In this scene the prince states, "If ever you disturb our streets again, your lives shall pay the forfeit of peace", this implies that the people who fight in the streets than they may face execution. The impact on the audience is that they question what the speech means and whether it has a link with what will happens in the rest of the play. ...read more.

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Mercutio's reaction to Tybalt is funny because Mercutio twists what Tybalt says. "Mercutio, thou consort'st with Romeo -", Tybalt asks whether Mercutio knows where he is. But Mercutio twists "consort'st" with "consort", and deliberately tries to make fun of Tybalt. Mercutio's reaction to Benvolio is that, "Men's eyes were made to look, and let them gaze", this means that he is not afraid and quite arrogantly says so. In this he might be trying to anger Tybalt and try to start trouble. Morally this is wrong as starting trouble, a fight may occur and he is well informed that the Prince will not be happy. His reaction to Romeo's refusal to fight Tybalt is of anger because firstly he is shocked because he thinks that Romeo is being dishonourable, "O calm, dishonourable". Secondly Mercutio says to Tybalt, "go before to field, he'll be your follower", he said this because he thought Romeo would fight if Tybalt tries to fight him. In this scene, I think the behaviour of Benvolio is most morally correct, because firstly he wants to "'scape a brawl", this shows that he does not want anything bad to happen to Mercutio, even if he ignores him. Secondly Benvolio helps Mercutio again, by helping him off the stage when he is dying. Thirdly Benvolio advises Romeo to go. ...read more.

Conclusion

Finally he predicts that this day will have to be ended maybe by someone's death, for example Romeo and Juliet's. To summarise, this scene is a turning pointing the play because nothing can go back the way it was because of the action that the scene displays. Examples of the action are the death of Mercutio and the death of Tybalt. Because of this nothing can go back the way it was because now the Capulet's are furious at Romeo and there is no way they will accept his marriage to Juliet. Also now that Romeo has been banished from Verona there is no way of him seeing Juliet without his life in danger. From now on nothing will be the same. The overall impact upon the audience is colossal because after seeing all this action on the screen they are screaming for more. Also if they try and understand the deep meanings of the words that Shakespeare has written, they can begin to understand that fate is playing a role. Maybe the clever few in the audience can depict what Mercutio says, "a plague o'both your houses" and understand its meaning that two people will die from both the houses. This can increase their anticipation what is going to happen next. They will also wonder whether Romeo will return to Verona, and what is going to happen to Juliet. Also in the scene they can view each characters characteristics and personality. - 1 - ...read more.

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