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Romeo and Juliet Act 3: Scene 1

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Romeo and Juliet Act 3: Scene 1 Romeo and Juliet of the Montague and Capulet households lead normal lives until the unfortunate revival of an old hatred between their families. Both loathe this "grudge" and were united in passionate love after Romeo had his first sights at the fair Juliet at her family's annual ball. Tybalt, Juliet's rude & troublesome cousin, hates Romeo and is intent at killing him for 'gate crashing' the Capulet's ball. However, Benvolio, Romeo's cousin, along with Mercutio, Romeo's friend, wants a fight with Tybalt, but are stopped with the prospect of being executed by the Prince, Mercutio's kinsman and ruler of Verona, who is troubled by the violence that has befallen the city, following the endless fights. The tragic tale concludes with the death of Romeo and his beloved wife, Juliet. However, what could have caused this catastrophic consequence of the hatred? The answer is based in Act 3 Scene 1. "The day is hot; The Capels are abroad, And if we meet we shall not scrape a brawl" These are the words of Benvolio who has been warned by the Prince to avoid a fight or be executed. ...read more.


When Tybalt arrives, Mercutio acts macho and acts tough showing that he is stronger and 'more of a man' then the Capulet. Mercutio shows arrogance to Tybalt by saying that he would like "nothing but one of your nine lives". The atmosphere gets more nerve-racking as a death gets even more probable. On the brink of a duel, Romeo intervenes. Romeo, secretly married to Juliet, has embraced peace and detests the hatred between the two households. Nonetheless, Tybalt challenges him to a duel, but is rejected by a tense Romeo. When called a "villain", Romeo tells Tybalt that "the reason I love thee; Doth excuse the appertaining rage; To such a greeting", showing peace to the Capulets. Mercutio, puzzled by Romeos sudden serenity, challenges Tybalt to a duel, but is reminded by the consequences stated by the Prince. Suddenly, Tybalt thrusts a sword under Romeo's arm and wounds Mercutio. Apon stating that he is hurt, he utters these infamous words: "A plague o' both your houses!" This phrase is said three times before Mercutio's death, and may have cursed the two households with the death of their only son and daughter. ...read more.


Shakespeare is hinting in this play that fate is not inevitable or certain. This is in contrast with the ancient Greek plays, such as Oedipus Rex, where fate completely controls life. This Romeo speaks of himself as 'fortune's fool' because he knew that he would be killed or banished for killing, and failed at preventing that from happening. When Tybalt is found slain, Prince is told that Romeo wanted peace but was given the death of his friend, and Prince's kin. The ruler of Verona has no choice but to sentence Romeo to exile from Verona. This soon leads to Juliet drinking a poison that makes her seem dead for 48 hours, so that her father would forget about her arranged marriage. Romeo hears of her 'death' but doesn't understand the truth and drinks a deadly poison to kill himself in despair and agony at his wife's 'death'. When Juliet sees her over dead she stabs herself dead on her husbands lap. Alas, the tragic end of the tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet. Ali Hussein 10p ...read more.

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