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Romeo And Juliet Act 3 Scene 1

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Discuss the Importance of Act 3 Scene 1 In Romeo And Juliet "Romeo and Juliet" is a play written by William Shakespeare. It is a tragedy-romance which is set in Verona, Italy and is about two, constantly, feuding families, the Montagues and the Capulets. These two families are sworn enemies and conflicts often break out in the city between members of each family. The ruler of Verona, Prince Escalus, is incensed by the families' constant brawling and, in an attempt to prevent further fighting, he decrees that, "If ever you disturb our streets again, your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace". This means Prince Escalus will kill the perpetrators of any more fighting between the two families. Romeo is a Montague, however he doesn't participate in the ongoing clashes between his family and the Capulets; this is evident in Act 1 Scene 1 when he says, "What a fray was here? Yet tell me not, for I have heard it all." This gives an impression that Romeo is definitely not a man who is impressed or interested in fighting. Romeo also has another problem wearing him down as he has an unrequited love with Rosaline who happens to be a friend of the Capulets. With this in mind, Romeo agrees to attend a Capulet party uninvited (even though he knows he is in danger of insulting the Capulets) with Benvolio Montague, Mercutio (a relation of Prince Escalus and Romeo's best friend) and other Montagues, to try and reconcile his relationship with Rosaline. However when Romeo arrives at the party, his love for Rosaline seems to disappear as he falls in love with Juliet Capulet. She also falls in love with him and they agree to marry the next morning "Th' exchange of thy love's faithful vow for mine" This is Romeo asking Juliet's hand in marriage. In the morning Romeo confers with Friar Lawrence (also a friend of Romeo's) ...read more.


Thou talk'st of nothing." Romeo is speaking to him as if he is an unruly infant which in turn shows the audience the nature of their relationship. Mercutio often acts childishly in front of Romeo even when a certain occurrence could be very important for Romeo. For instance when he poked fun at the Nurse with sexual innuendos and rude jokes showing that he does not respect his elders and is somewhat eccentric "Tis no less, I tell ye; for the bawdy hand of the dial is now upon the prick of noon" or, showing that the Nurse is offended, "I pray you, sir, what saucy merchant was this that was so full of ropery?" Although this meeting with the Nurse was influential in Romeo's plight of marrying Juliet (obviously a very important event), Mercutio insulted Nurse and could have jeopardised Romeo chances with Juliet by wounding Nurse to the extent of her fleeing the scene. Still Romeo was not even angry with him and this shows the strength of their friendship and perhaps a certain respect that Romeo feels for Mercutio. At the beginning of the scene Mercutio is abusive to Benvolio which gives one the feeling of his mood. He uses a great deal of puns with a hyperbolic manner in his abuse towards Benvolio because I believe he is trying to make Benvolio feel small by using clever insults. This gives the audience an idea of what kind of mood he is in as he is insulting his good friend in an obviously aggressive type of behaviour. Throughout the play, Mercutio shows a great deal of respect for and admiration for Tybalt, especially for his sword fighting skills. But because Mercutio is good friends with the Montague family he is not fond of him by any stretch of the imagination! As this shows "Good King of Cats" or "Tybalt, you rat-catcher" although there is a definite compliment, Mercutio is also using a play on words to insult Tybalt as well. ...read more.


for the lose of their new found marriage. This is in great contrast to the bliss she felt when they got married. Act 2 Scene 6 gave the audience an expectancy of great joy for the newly married couple. Also the audience expected that the marriage would bring the two families together. Little do they know this is the start of a series of tragic events that can only be stopped by a miracle! Although Friar Lawrence concocts a plan to bring Romeo and Juliet back together his careless planning brings about more hurt and destruction then before. After this vital scene Romeo escapes to Mantua but not before spending the night with Juliet. Later that day Juliet is told by Lord Capulet that she is due to wed Count Paris (a wealthy and eligible bachelor). Juliet is extremely distraught as she is already married to the one she loves. She seeks guidance from Friar Lawrence who informs her of his plan. The plan is to sedate Juliet for forty hours whilst her family think she is dead. Then she will wake up in her family tomb, after being placed there for her funeral, and she will be reunited with Romeo. Friar Lawrence sends a messenger to Mantua to update Romeo on his plan however the message does not reach him and his servant Balthazar has reported on Juliet funeral. Unknowing that Juliet is not actually dead he goes back to Verona to her tomb with a bottle of poison. When he sees her simulating death he believes that she is really dead so he drinks the poison and dies next to her. Friar Lawrence turns up but he is too late and he runs away from his mess of a plan. When Juliet comes to seeing Romeo dead she also commits suicide. However, these tragic events do bring together Montagues and Capulets in the shared grief for their dead children and finally ends the fighting. The audience would probably blame Friar Lawrence for the inevitable tragedy because his plan did not come off and it resulted in both Romeo and Juliet's deaths. ...read more.

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