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Romeo and Juliet act 3 scene 1

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Introduction

Examine the dramatic impact if Act 3 scene (1) up to Romeo's exit In act 3 scene 1 Shakespeare has the weather hot to make every one irritated, this leads to tension which is started by Mercutio showing off at the beginning of the play. There is a word play between Mercutio and Tybalt which creates humour, tension and confusion which irritates people. There is also a strong contrast in moods when Romeo enters after his marriage with Juliet with a happy mood in the middle of an argument between Tybalt and Mercutio. The dramatic nature of the scene is created when Tybalt is looking for a fight with Romeo who can fight because he knows Juliet is his cousin. After Romeo refuses the fight, Mercutio picks it up for him to show brave he is. Mercutio is later killed, this make Romeo really angry which lead into killing Tybalt. The prologue tells us these two families have hated each other since the ancient time "from ancient grudge break to new mutiny, where civil blood makes civil hands unclean". The prologue is also saying there are star crossed lovers; this means they depend on the stars, if they cross something bad will happen. ...read more.

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He sows this by telling him "by my heel I care not". Benvolio is anxious to go because that Capulets will be arriving at any moment. After a while the Capulets arrive. Mercutio is irritated by Tybalts approach towards him with his men. As he approaches Tybalt he tells his men "follow me close for I will talk to them" This is irritating because Tybalt is swaggering arrogantly as if he is the man. Tybalt also irritates Mercutio by greeting him politely instead of being arrogant. Tybalt asks for a word with one of them, he tells him to have a word with a blow. Mercutio continues to provoke Tybalt by twisting the meaning of "occasion" by telling him "could you not take some occasion without giving" meaning, can't you make a reason for fighting without me giving you one. Again Mercutio is irritated by the very formal way in which Mercutio is speaking. Once again Mercutio tries to provoke Tybalt into a fight by twisting more of his words e.g. "consort?" this means to hang around with a group of musicians. Being a musician in those days was like those people who live in the streets and would often beg for money. ...read more.

Conclusion

Shakespeare is also trying to ask what is brave about picking a fight. Shakespeare has Tybalt return on stage to brag about he killed Mercutio; he also brings him on stage so it can all work out again. Romeo says "fire-eyed fury". Shakespeare has him saying the language of hate to sock the audience and to show the vengeful side is Romeo as he carries on the "ancient grudge". Romeo Fights Tybalt and overcomes him because of anger. After Romeo kills Tyalt he says "o I am fortunes fool". He is trying t blame fate. In the first place Romeo didn't have to go after him because the prince already warned him about fighting. Shakespeare is trying to suggest that we are responsible for our own fate and it is Mercutio's fault he provoked Tybalt into a fight and therefore acting in an irresponsible manner. This is the turning point of the play; things will never be the same again. Romeo has changed and he is capable of violence again. There is very little humour left. Act four mostly focuses on Juliet as she has to cope with some real problem and there is nobody else to help her. ?? ?? ?? ?? Simon Gesage 10 nb ...read more.

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