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Romeo and Juliet - Act 3 Scene 1 is a crucial scene in the play. How important is this scene? In your answer consider what has happened up to this point and what are the implications that the audience may draw at this point in the play.

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Act 3 Scene 1 is a crucial scene in the play. How important is this scene? In your answer consider what has happened up to this point and what are the implications that the audience may draw at this point in the play. Written by William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet tells the tragic story of a fatal attraction between children of the Montague and the Capulet families; the two families are feuding. The opening prologue tells us that the play is set in Verona, and that a couple take their lives. This opening tells the audience what the play is about, and how it is going to end. Although the element of suspense has been lost by giving away the ending, the audience become interested in the events that lead up to this happening, rather than what happens at the end. The play discusses many issues, love between two people, hate between their families, loyalty to one another and the pride of their families. Act One Scene One introduces the audience to Sampson and Gregory, the servants of the Capulet family. Although they are not members of the Capulet family they are still immensely proud of it and are willing to defend its honour. The same can be said for the servants of the Montague family who are also willing to hold the feud. ...read more.

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Benvolio on the other hand is a peace lover, and would rather see this all behind them. This is made near impossible when Romeo tries to stop the fight and in the confusion Tybalt stabs Mercutio. Realising what he has done he runs away. Mercutio is lead away but dies almost instantly. Romeo becomes angry, and when Tybalt returns Romeo kills him in a frenzied attack. Tybalt insults towards Romeo were not just off the top of his head; he meant them. This is because in Act One Scene Five, Romeo kisses Juliet. Tybalt knows that Romeo is a Montague, but he is ordered to do nothing by Capulet and becomes very angry. All of this hatred he felt for Romeo was released in an attempt to provoke him, but it worked out that Romeo took revenge for this without even knowing. Romeo is a character who is very much controlled by his feelings. In Act One Scene One he tells Benvolio he is in love with a girl, who we know is not Juliet. He tells him he is confused, and that it is true love, "Why such is love's transgression. Grief's of mine own lie heavy in my breast, which thou wilt propagate to have it pressed with more of thine. This love that thou hast shown doth add more grief to too much of mine own. ...read more.

Conclusion

Romeo killed Tybalt because Tybalt killed Mercutio during a fight. In my opinion, both Tybalt and Mercutio are responsible for their own deaths because Tybalt was foolish enough to kill and then come back to the scene of the crime, and Mercutio was foolish enough to rise to Tybalt's insults. Although Romeo was the one who actually killed Tybalt, Tybalt killed himself by killing Mercutio. The deaths of Romeo and Juliet are partly caused by Tybalt, and partly by the Nurse and Juliet's parents. If Tybalt had not killed then neither would Romeo and he wouldn't have been banished. If Juliet's parents hadn't tried to make her marry Paris then she wouldn't have taken the sleeping potion. Act Three Scene One is very important because Romeo, a peace lover kills, the characters Mercutio and Tybalt are lost from the play, the hatred between the Capulets and the Montagues grows stronger, and Romeo is banished from Verona. Juliet realises what Romeo's banishment means to her and she becomes depressed. Romeo visits Friar Lawrence, but rejects his advice and tries to kill himself. If Act Three Scene One had not happened the conclusion of the play could have been avoided because Romeo and Juliet would have been together and there would have been no need for Juliet to take a sleeping potion. Because Romeo thinks that Juliet is dead, he kills himself to be with her, but then she awakes and sees that he is dead; she kills herself to be with him for eternity. Page 1 of 4 Jason Younie ...read more.

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