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Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet Act III Scene I Unlike the opening scenes this scene shows true violence and hatred between both the Montagues and the Capulets. Before this scene the feud between the families has been nothing but petty and harmless one could even say it was quite trivial. If we look at Act II Scene VI, the scene directly before this scene, we notice that Romeo and Juliet are secretly married. To everyone unaware of this marriage nothing has changed but to Romeo and Juliet there has been a substantial alteration. Their entire relationship will be built on secrecy and the actions of others could destroy their bond without even knowing. As we well know that is the case. Act III Scene I is different from the start. It opens with quite a serious atmosphere whereas earlier scenes have been quite joyful and almost comical. The scene begins in the midst of Mercutio and Benvolio quarrelling about whether to leave the streets of Verona. Benvolio is worried as the Capulets are in close proximity and knows that if they met that a colossal fight would break out. "I pray thee, good Mercutio let's retire; the day is hot and the Capels are abroad, and if we meet we shall not 'scape a brawl, for now these hot days is the mad blood stirring." ...read more.


So when Romeo enters it is no surprise that the tension factor steps up another gear. But still tension has not yet reached its peak as Romeo does not wish to fight. Tybalt not aware of Romeo's relation to him tries his best to begin the fateful argument by insulting Romeo. "Romeo, the hate I bear thee can afford no better term than this, - thou art a villain." Tybalt has no good reason for fighting with Romeo other than him attending the Capulets feast. I don't think the disastrous events about to take place can be blamed on bad luck and that Romeo was to walk in at the wrong time right into an explosive situation. This scene would have happened sooner or later as Tybalt was out seeking Romeo. After just being married to Juliet Romeo is not in the right frame of mind to be fighting. He is calm and cheerful and even in an atmosphere of hatred, where all the signs are pointing toward aggression, his good nature gets the better of him. No doubt it is difficult for Romeo as he isn't a coward but feels humiliation for the moment. He will not be provoked. ...read more.


Right up until Mercutio dies the audience are kept in the dark to whether the injury was lethal. There are signs showing that he was going to die but even till the last minute the characters were laughing and joking about the issue. Romeo's calm composure has completely vanished as the only thing he sees is Tybalts death. As he races towards Tybalt, Benvolio tries to keep peace again. He is unsuccessful as Romeo's lust for revenge is now too high to stop. As they battle it out in a fight to fatality dramatic tension rockets sky high and finally reaches it peak. Finally, after Tybalt is deceased the Prince enters in on the scene. Benvolio gives his account of the story as he is trustworthy, although it is biased towards Romeo. The Prince gives his final statement. "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." This scene is a pivotal point in the play as it has a ripple affect on the following scenes. From here on everything changes and Romeo and Juliet's marriage is put at risk. Dramatic irony plays a huge role in this scene as only those aware of the marriage know the true reason behind Romeo and Juliet's distress. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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