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Romeo and Juliet

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Introduction

Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet is an early tragedy by William Shakespeare about two teenage star-crossed lovers whose untimely deaths ultimately unite their feuding households. The play opens with a party where everyone is happy and ends with sadness and disaster due to the unfortunate events that happen throughout the play. The violence in the play happens because of a feud and enmity between two families called the Capulets and the Montagues. This has been on going for generations and it leads to the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet. In this essay I will start by looking at some earlier scenes and then look in-depth at Act 3 Scene1 of the play, which is an important scene because it is a violent scene and it is the turning point of the play where everything starts to go wrong for the lovers. Act 2, 6, takes place In Friar Lawrence's cell some peace, tranquillity, happiness and Romeo and Juliet's eagerness to get married is shown. However, it includes many warnings and inauspicious signs of the tragedy to come. During this peaceful scene Friar Lawrence says, "So smile the heavens upon this holy act, that after hours with sorrow chide us not". This shows us that Friar Lawrence is wishing that the heavens and God are happy for this marriage and that after nothing comes in the way to destruct the happiness of the lovers. ...read more.

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u rat catcher and good king of cats. From Mercutio's language the audience know that Mercutio is a moody character and an entertaining character too. When Mercutio is stabbed he curses Romeo and Juliet's families, he says "A plague o' both your houses". This curse really hits the audience because the Elizabethan audiences believed in curses. The effect of Mercutio being humorous and the curse he gives is that the audience don't want him to leave the play because they start to like his character. But Shakespeare had to end Mercutio because he wanted to change the flow of the story and create a turning point that would lead to the unstoppable and inevitable tragedy. During the scene when tension builds up between Mercutio, Romeo and Tybalt.We find out that Tybalt is a very short-tempered and fiery character that loves to fight. Tybalt instigates Romeo into fighting when he says to Romeo "Thou art a villain". This means that he is a low class man and a very bad person. This really insults Romeo who is an honourable character. Due to this insult the argument gets drastic. The reason why Tybalt is arguing with Romeo and Mercutio is because they gate crashed the party and so he desires revenge. Tybalt says, "Boy, this shall not excuse the injuries that thou hast done me; therefore turn and draw". ...read more.

Conclusion

Act 3, 1, is one of the most influential scenes in the play because this is when Romeo is banished and driven from Verona and Juliet. As a result, this scene acts as a major turning point in the play. After this, the tragedy is inevitable and unavoidable. The audience's eagerness to know what the consequence would be for Romeo for the murder of Tybalt is over when Prince Escalus says, "And for that offence immediately we do exile him hence. Let Romeo hence in haste, else, when he's found, that hour is his last". Romeo has been banished with immediate effect if found, then it will be his last hour of his life. When the audience hear the Prince's sentence they are shattered to hear it but also expected it. The Prince speaks in verse like, Benvolio did at the start of the scene. This use of language represents the Prince's dignity, honesty and calm. This is effective for the audience because they know that the prince is going to give a fair and honest sentence. On the other hand, Benvolio changes his style of language when he gives account of Tybalt's death. The change of language style, compared to before, hints to the audience that Benvolio might not be giving an honest account to the Prince and this makes the audience react because they suspect that his exaggerations and denials are not true. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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