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Rome and Juliet essay Introduction Romeo and Juliet is a romantic tragedy by playwright William Shakespeare. It concerns the fatal attraction of two young star-crossed lovers. The love is complicated by their families' intense feud. Romeo is a Montague and Juliet is a Capulet. They first meet at the Capulet ball. Romeo and his entourage decide to gate crash it, because he was still mourning over his first love Juliet's cousin. Tybalt, Juliet elder cousin who despises all Montague's, notices Romeo and his actions. This hatred possessed by Tybalt soon becomes the demise of the young lovers. The rivalry between the two families is so severe that even the servants are caught fighting in the streets of Verona in the opening scene of the play. The play fits into the tragedy genre as the romance in play is overshadowed by the horrific deaths of the Teenagers in the play. The numerous deaths leave both families mourning. General themes of the play are hastiness; both main characters are thoughtless about the consequences of their love. Selfishness is also a general theme of the play. Every one except from Benvolio is self-centred. For example Romeo doesn't think of Juliet when he kills Tybalt. Juliet never thought of her parents when she faked her death. The Capulet family were selfish in forcing Juliet to marry Paris. Act 3 scene 1 is a major turning point of the play as it is marked with crises such as the death of Tybalt and Mercutio. The mood of the play swiftly varies, as even though Romeo and Juliet get married, he is unable to stay with her in Verona. This puts the fate of the two lovers in jeopardy and contributes greatly to their eventual deaths. Main Parts Shakespeare creates an atmosphere of tension and violence from the start of the scene in a public place and we already know that if the Capulet and Montague's are caught fighting in the streets, the prince will punish them with the death penalty. ...read more.


I think this scene links well to previous events in the play, because it reminds us that the characters are venerable to death because the feud between the Capulet and Montague's is so intense. It also continues to develop the themes, of selfishness and thoughtlessness, which were introduced in the previous scenes. Dramatic irony is when the audience shares knowledge with the audience shares knowledge with the author of what will happen to one of the characters. In this situation the character will often express them selves in away which contradict their actions later. An example of dramatic irony in Act 3 scene 1 is when Romeo expresses his proposal to not quarrel with Tybalt. He says to Tybalt 'Tybalt the reason I have to love thee. Doth hath excuse the appertaining rage to such a greeting: villain am I none, therefore farewell I see thoust know me not' To which Tybalt replies 'Boy this shall not excuse the injuries that thou hast done me therefore turn and draw' As an audience we know hat Romeo kills Tybalt in revenge at the end of the scene, so his refusal to quarrel with Tybalt at this point is a good example of dramatic irony. When Mercutio is killed by Tybalt, Romeos actions are completely opposite to his previous calm and peaceful attitude. He is now determined to kill Tybalt in revenge for the late Mercutio and challenges Tybalt to a fight. Vowing that Tybalt, Romeo or even both will join Mercutio. He also insist Tybalt take back the insulting comment e made about him, even though he excuses these comments earlier. In the start of Act 3 scene1 Mercutio is in angry and violent mood and is eager for a fight. So when Tybalt and the rest of the Capulet arrive on the scene. The audience expects conflict between Mercutio and Tybalt. Mercutio's attitude towards Tybalt is very disrespectful. ...read more.


This extravagant language shows two things; one thing is that Mercutio status is very high. The second is that Mercutio is a very violent person. In Act 3 scene 1 Mercutio's aggressive language adds to the anticipation of a brawl between the Montague's and the Capulet. Shakespeare uses metaphors to create images in the audiences mind, this is to create suspense. A good example of this is when Romeo says 'I am fortunes fool' This tells the audience about the instability of Romeo and Juliet marriage. It also shows a weakness in Romeos character because he blames fortune for his aggressive actions. Alliteration is used very well, for example Benvolio states 'The Prince will doom the to death' These two words link to each other and emphasise the princes law about fighting in the streets of Verona and the consequences of it. Conclusion Act 3 scene 1 is a major turning point as the atmosphere of the play has drastically changed. The audience would start to feel shocked and will have mixed opinions about the fate of Romeo and Juliet Act 3 scene 1 is a turning point as previously in the play their were no major events which would have effected the outcome of the play. However in Act 3scene 1 Mercutio is killed and in turn Romeo kills Tybalt resulting in the prince banishing Romeo. This puts the relationship between Romeo and Juliet in jeopardy. When the Prince ends the scene with abrief speech it is asif he addressing the audience. He tells him directly what will happen to Romeo if he is found. This interests the audience as they start to think about Romeo and Juliets relationship. I think Act3 Scene1 is the reason why this play was such a success. This is because with out this part of the play Romeo and Juliet would have been like any other romance story. But with its presence its original twist ensured the ending was not a happy one which was different to any other romance story. ...read more.

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