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Romeo and Juliet - act 3 scene 1.

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Romeo and Juliet- act 3 scene 1 Mohammed Akhazzan 11p1 Romeo and Juliet is a story written in the 15th century by William Shakespeare. It is a tragic love story set in Verona (Italy). The play is about two households, the Capulets and the Montagues. Romeo is one of the main characters in the play and he is the only son of Montagues. Another protagonist character is Juliet; she is the only daughter of the Capulets. These two households are undergoing a long feud we are told about the grudge in the prologue on line 3, "From ancient grudge break to new mutiny" Although we are told there is an "ancient grudge" we are not told how it started or what is it about. The play is started with a prologue, which is set out as a sonnet. The prologue is important because it gives us some useful information, it tells us the play is set in Verona. Shakespeare continues the play with a brawl in the market of Verona between the serving men from the two households. I think shake spear uses the brawl to start the play because it grips the audience attention, helps to raise the tension in play and keep the audience amused through out the play. ...read more.


Mercutio who is beside them felt that Romeo is being a cowered and reacts badly by saying "O calm, dishonourable, vile submission" (line 66) Mercutio doesn't know that Romeo is refusing to fight because he is now married to Tybalt's cousin Juliet. Mercutio is disgusted now at Romeo's show of defeat and surrender so he challenges Tybalt him self. As they draw their swords Romeo comes between them and holds Mercutio back, Tybalt comes up and stabs Mercutio from between Romeo's arms. Tybalt ran away after stabbing Mercutio because if he gets caught his life would pay the forfeit. Mercutio is hurt but still making jokes and puns "Ask for me tomorrow and you shall find me a grave man" (line 89) The pun in this sentence is "grave" because he knows he's going to die, although he knows he's dying soon he still makes jokes this tells us that he is a joker and doesn't admit defeat easily. Before Mercutio dies he curses both of their houses "A plague on both of your houses" (line 97) After Mercutio dies Romeo goes looking for Tybalt. When he found him he killed him. Prince Escalus had earlier warned of any street fighting and if they ever disrupted the quite of their streets their life will pay the forfeit. ...read more.


Shakespeare used many dramatic devices to keep the audience interested, because the play was preformed live on stage. Shakespeare had to find ways to show that it was dark. One-way Shakespeare reserved this was to give the characters torches as started in act 1 scene 4 line 11 "Give me a torch" Shakespeare uses fights in his play to keep audience interested and he uses puns to keep them amused. Act 3 scene 1 is a pivotal point in the play as it communicates a lot of negative things like the banishing of Romeo due to the fight never to see Juliet again this made the play very melancholy. Juliet's father, lord Capulet also changed, he became very strict and demanded that Juliet gets married without asking his opinion on the matter. Juliet also changed; she was forced to choose between her family and her husband. When Juliet drank the poison to escape marrying Paris, Romeo thought she died so he killed him self and Juliet woke up, killed her self when she saw him dead, this caused the Montagues and the Capulets to end the feud between them. This play is very interesting and thoroughly enjoyable, Shakespeare made it very interesting with the pivot points and the dramatic irony. Mohammed Akhazzan 11p1 English CN: 8030 March 2003 Mohammed Akhazzan Page 1 ...read more.

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