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Romeo and Juliet Act 3 Scene 1

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Introduction

Rhian Hughes 10F Romeo and Juliet Act 3 Scene 1 The play is set in 'fair Verona' in Italy where we find Romeo and Juliet, two 'star cross'd lovers' who instantly fall in love and, five days later, end up killing themselves rather than be parted. They are from feuding families and their deaths, in the end, bring the families together. The play fits into the genre of tragedy because it has a very sad ending when both Romeo and Juliet kill themselves. The action only happens over a short space of time but what does happen is shocking and many die in the events that occur. The fact that Romeo and Juliet are from feuding families, yet still fall in love, shows that fate plays an important part in this tragedy. The play seems to have a number of themes, for example love, hate, civil disorder and fate. These themes are important because they all play such an important role in the play. This scene affects the audience as there is a lot of action and this causes an uneasy feeling as we suspect that it will end in death. Up to now there hasn't been a lot of grief in the plot and this is the scene where everything turns around. ...read more.

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and as soon moody to be moved.' The previous scene has been very romantic and this scene is a complete contrast to that as it involves fighting and murder, the complete opposite to love. In previous scenes there have been references to the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets, and warnings that the Prince has given about fighting. In this scene we see all of these references joining together and being put into action. The reason why Tybalt seeks Romeo is because he saw him at the Capulet party and wants revenge even thought Lord Capulet told him to leave it. Also there is a fight in the very first scene and the punishment declared by Prince is that if it happened again that it would be 'on pain of death'. So the reference to this scene is that Mercutio and Tybalt both took part in the fight and both died. As Tybalt had murdered Mercutio Romeo murdered Tybalt. Romeo was still punished for murdering Tybalt but Prince does not take his life as he has just carried out what the law commanded. The conflict between Mercutio and Tybalt at first seems to be light hearted and comedic. It seems to the audience as though even though they are fighting nothing could go very wrong. ...read more.

Conclusion

Overall I feel this scene leads the audience into a false sense of security at the beginning and gets to such a point that there is no turning back and that the audience know at that point that what has been predicted in the prologue will, in fact, become true. The reason why this is such a pivotal scene is because after the death of Mercutio Romeo has such a hatred for Tybalt that he is like a different person. He also may feel some guilt for Mercutio's death as it would not have happened if he had not tried to prevent it from happening. Prince's speech at the end interests the audience as we do not know until this point that Mercutio is actually related to Prince. He says he 'will be deaf to pleading and excuses'. He sounds as though he is punishing everyone harder than he would normally as Tybalt has killed a member of his family so therefore everyone must take the consequences for his loss. It also seems that he is inconsolable for the death of Mercutio saying he will not listen to excuses and basically saying no-one is going unpunished. I think this is a very well written scene because so much goes on that is substantially relevant to the story. So much action and information has been crammed into one scene and the play just wouldn't function properly as a story if these events didn't take place or took place in a different way. ...read more.

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