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Romeo and Juliet

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Before Act 3 scene we know that there are two feuding families, the Couplets and the Montague's. The audience has been told at the start that to resolve this dispute their children, two innocent lovers, must die. The Prince had explicitly told the family that if there is another brawl their 'lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace'. Romeo a Montague went unwelcome to the Couplets' ball. Tybalt, a nephew of old Capulet noticed Romeo. He was angry with the order from old Capulet to prevent him acting against his enemy, so sent a letter to challenge Romeo to a duel. Romeo hasn't yet read this letter; for he was secretly marrying Juliet, the daughter of Capulet and the cousin of Tybalt. To demonstrate how this scene is exciting and dramatic, I will look at the three main characters, Mercutio, Tybalt and Romeo. One of the first characters the audience sees is Mercutio, Romeo's best friend. It is obvious to the audience that 'this hot day', affects his behaviour. So he contributes to the tension in this scene. Mercutio is warned by his friend Benvolio to leave because 'the Chapels are abroad, and if we meet we shall not 'scope a brawl'. Mercutio does not accept this advice and insists on staying. This is an indication that he is looking to engage in conflict. He may not want to leave because he isn't worried about the Couplets because he is not a Montague. ...read more.


Tybalt's usually aggressive behaviour greets Romeo 'thou art a villain'. The audience can see the blatant detest Tybalt feels towards Romeo. Tybalt is taken aback by Romeo's response to his greeting and sees it as another insult. He replies to Romeo by calling him 'boy' which is a patronising and derogatory term. Tybalt has clearly been waiting to repay Romeo for that night at the ball. He states that whatever Romeo does it can't 'excuse the injuries' that Romeo has caused him. The audience can establish that he believes that Romeo has disgraced his family by appearing at their ball and that Tybalt has been planning his revenge ever since. He is seeking a trouble with Romeo. When Romeo appears not to respond to his aggressive behaviour Mercutio stands in. Tybalt asks him 'What wouldst thou have with me?' Tybalt doesn't make the first move. When he does stab Mercutio he runs away quickly. The audience may think this is because he doesn't want to be blamed for Mercutio's death. I think he runs because he was shocked at what had just happened because he meant to kill Romeo, not Mercutio. When Tybalt returns he is confronted with a now enraged Romeo who tells Tybalt that him or Tybalt must join Mercutio. Tybalt is still angry with Romeo 'Thou wretched boy that didst consort him here'. This angers the audience that Tybalt has the cheek to enrage Romeo more after he has just killed Mercutio. ...read more.


He is trying to say that Romeo isn't the one to blame for this situation. Lady Capulet and Montague are trying to shift the blame from house to house. They know that ultimately the Prince gets to decide Romeo's fate. The audience know this to and are anxious for Romeo. This is why Romeo's life is in the balance and in the hands of the Prince the Montague's are trying to sway the Prince's decision in one way while the Couplets are trying to sway it the other way. Montague carries on attempting to influence the Prince 'His fault concludes what the law should end'. He is saying that Romeo made a mistake but if he hadn't killed Tybalt the law would have done. The Prince states his decision. He tells them that Romeo must be exiled at once for his crime, 'exile him hence', though he believes he is showing Romeo sympathy because he was close to Mercutio. He says 'loss of mine' showing that he is also mourning Mercutio's death. He makes both houses pay for what has happened, like Mercutio he blames them both. He says that that he can't excuse murder for that in it is the same as killing 'Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill' The audience are stunned. They can't believe what has just happened. This scene leaves many unanswered questions, like what's going to happen to Juliet now Romeo is banished. This creates a sense of suspense for the audience. Mrs Reid English Coursework 11PR ...read more.

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