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'Romeo and Juliet', Act 3, Scene 1

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Introduction

'Romeo and Juliet', Act 3, Scene 1 What do you find dramatic about this scene? And who do you blame for what happens? The scene is 'dramatic' because it includes plenty of action, suspense, surprise, misunderstandings, changes of mood and changes of fortune. Lots of unexpected things happen in this scene. The scene starts off with friendly conflict, with Mercutio arguing with Benvolio. Benvolio tries to prevent a fight twice, but Mercutio takes no notice of him. He makes fun of him instead. This is not a surprise because it's what he's always done. He is just like a child and mucks around with everything. He takes everything as a joke and is preparing himself for a fight- perhaps because he believes he is indestructible? But also because he is jealous of Tybalt's reputation. There is suspense in that Benvolio will be proved right. He warns that someone will die- he is right. ...read more.

Middle

so Mercutio's challenge is unexpected. Tybalt won't like the fact that someone isn't scared of him. Mercutio is doing this because he is standing in for his friend- it was really a fight between Romeo and Tybalt. Mercutio's death comes as a surprise to his friends and the audience because he was never the one intended to die. Up until the end he was a loud character and still messing around. He jokes around until the last second- until it's too late. It's a massive change of mood, especially for Mercutio- and he blames Romeo for his death. Romeo didn't help him in the actual fight- where he should have, but instead tried to stop the fighting- though his interference seemed to confuse Mercutio and he failed to evade Tybalt sword. For a moment Romeo forgets his new bride and takes his sword to attack her cousin in an act of vengeance for the death of Mercutio. ...read more.

Conclusion

I think the family feud and honour had a big effect, as did the whole situation about arranged marriages. And I think fate had a big part to play in what happened, though I think if there was one person to blame it would be Mercutio. Maybe if he had been a bit more sensible from the beginning then some things- including the fight, may have been prevented. In Mercutio and Benvolio's conversation, there was a warning that someone would die soon- 'We should have none shortly, for one would kill the other' (line 15)- and it was then Mercutio who provoked Tybalt to fight. I think Mercutio may have had a curse on him or some strange presence about him- because aswell as the earlier conversation, Mercutio's dying words also come true. He says, 'A plague o' both your houses' to Romeo and Tybalt and sure enough, he was right about that too. By Vicky Harris ...read more.

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