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Romeo and Juliet - Act 3 Scene 1, the relationships of the characters, the themes, language and the impact of the scene on the audience.

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Introduction

In my essay I will look at Act 3 Scene 1, the relationships of the characters, the themes, language and the impact of the scene on the audience. In this scene Tybalt tries to start a fight with Romeo because he sees him at the Capulet's banquet. As obvious in the play, the Capulets and Montagues are enemies, so Romeo was not invited. But his friend Mercutio presented him with an invitation. Therefore he was there by courtesy of his friend and not by personal invitation and as such not welcome by the Capulets. Romeo tries to back down so Mercutio stands in, because he feels his friend will lose his pride and dignity if he doesn't. Tybalt has a fight with Mercutio and kills him, so Romeo chases Tybalt to avenge his friend's death. Tybalt tried to start a fight with Romeo since at the banquet he is angry due to the fact none of the Montagues were invited. In this scene he persues Romeo, this is where the fight mentioned earlier comes into the scene. ...read more.

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When Romeo chases Tybalt the fight starts, this is interesting for the audience because there is action. The fight would be choreographed so it would look good to people watching it. This shows the hate between the two families is still very much present. Also with the fight comes the lash of the tongue, as well as sword, on both parts. There is a mixture of characters in this scene; this gives a good contrast and some friction. Friction is important as it creates an atmosphere, this would draw the audience into the action, as something vital (Mercutio's death) is about to occur. Benvolio is the natural peacekeeper. He tries to avoid confrontation and also tries to stop them fighting even quarrelling. He is the one who suggests they leave when the Capulets turn up. "By my head, here come the Capulets!" This shows he was worried about what might happen if they stay. Mercutio is his contrasting character, he is fiery and up for a fight, when Benvolio starts to worry, he doesn't, "By my heel, I care not!" ...read more.

Conclusion

They may think that Romeo is secretly taunting them with something they aren't yet aware of. This marriage becomes in danger of ending when Romeo kills his wife's cousin, but in the end the star crossed lovers die, the way they wanted to, together, but in unwanted circumstances. In the scene the themes that are evident are love, because of Romeo's recent marriage, he talks about his "Sweet Juliet. " Another sign of Romeo walking round with his head in the clouds. He tries not to fight with Tybalt through love for his wife. Hate is also present, in the fight, and the dialogue leading up to it. You have the hate of the Montagues and Capulets, but there is also hate between Mercutio and Tybalt, but that starts off as a playful hate. This later develops into a more serious hate as the fight progresses. At the beginning of the fight, Tybalt was taunting Romeo, but later, it ends in death of Mercutio. Romeo gets angry and another death occurs, so an even more serious hate is present with the death of two main characters. This scene has many references to love, but there is a contrast with the presence of hate. ...read more.

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