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Romeo And Juliet Act 3 Scene 1

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James Nevitt English coursework Act 3 scene 1 draft 1 The play Romeo and Juliet was originally taken from the narrative poem, the Tragical History of Romeos and Juliet by Arthur Brooke. And Shakespeare adapted it for his own audiences. In Shakespeare's version, he only let Romeo and Juliet be together for one night. But Brooke allowed Romeo and Juliet 3 months of married happiness. Act 3 scene 1 is one of, if not the most important scene of Romeo and Juliet. This scene is the major pivotal scene of the play, meaning it is the biggest turning point of the play. In this scene many tragic events take play leading up to the death of Juliet's cousin Tybalt and the exile of beloved Romeo. This scene is most important because everything turns to tragedy from this point onward. Marriage has just taken place earlier in the play and Romeo and Juliet are united to what is supposedly eternal bliss. Friar Lawrence is at first not eager to marry Romeo to Juliet in the sense that they are from two totally opposite families, but the Friar does agree to marry them in the hope that this young love can silence the quarrels between the two houses. ...read more.


Again, the audience knows that Mercutio is ready to fight Tybalt if necessary. Mercutio begins looking for a fight when he is asked where Romeo is "Mercutio thou conformist with Romeo?" meaning, do you speak with Romeo Mercutio? Both being impulsive characters Mercutio tries to bait Tybalt to fight and tension arises because the audience knows there both so impulsive. "Consort? Dost thou make us minstrels?" Consort is a step up from a conversation, it is more serious. The stage directions at this point are Mercutio beginning to get angry and Tybalt and Try to persuade him to fight, Tension continues to build. The reason they don't fight there and then is because Romeo arrives on the scene. This relieves tension in the audience seeing the main man. Tybalt refers to Romeo my man and marks out his purpose. "Here comes my man." Romeo does not want to fight Tybalt because he has just married Juliet and Tybalt is her cousin. Making him Romeo's new relative. 2i do protest, I never injured thee, but love thee better then thou canst devise." Dramatic irony is also used because of the marriage, the other Characters besides Romeo do not know. ...read more.


Benvolio: "hence be gone away!" and instruction to leave by Benvolio, Romeo's friend. Tension is slightly relieved as the prince arrives to sort the mess out. Calmly but angry. Lady Capulet, Tybalt's aunt arrives in hysterics to see her nephew dead on the floor of Verona square, now she wants Romeo dead. "I beg for justice, which thou prince must give. Romeo slew Tybalt, Romeo must not live!" The audience is sorry for Romeo. - "Fortunes fool" ideas of fate from previous scenes, "O I am fortunes fool!" Romeo is scares, (we are not in control.) Benvolio speaks up for Romeo to the prince and accounts for all the events tension builds again, the audience want to know what has happened to Romeo. Shakespeare makes us wait and we are worries that prince will kill Romeo. "Tybalt here slain whom Romeo's hand did slay." Romeo's eagerly awaited punishment is banishment, "immediately we do exile him hence" The audience fell very sorry for Romeo, what will happen to his marriage to Juliet? The main points made, are that Revenge always leads to tragedy. Romeo took revenge for Mercutio and ended up being sentenced to exile, never to see Juliet again. I think that the main tension was built up by anger, it is Tybalt's anger towards Romeo that starts the whole fight. . ...read more.

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