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Romeo and Juliet Act 3 Scene 1

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Introduction

Romeo and Juliet Act 3 Scene 1 Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's most famous plays. It was written in the 16th century. In the play there is the theme of love and hate. In a tragedy you would expect things to go really well like someone winning in a competition and then take a dramatic turn for the worst like if someone was winning but then gets an injury which makes them lose. In Romeo and Juliet it does just that with Romeo and Juliet meeting each other and getting married. But then the two star crossed lovers are separated when the fight comes in Act 3 scene 1. I think 'Romeo and Juliet' is still relevant today because it has a superb story line and some breathtaking scenes with the themes of love and hate controlling the story. The ways it wouldn't be relevant is the language it is spoken in and the fact that when this play was written everybody thought fate controlled their lives, which we don't think today. The play starts as a comedy as we witness the servants mocking each other "do you bite you thumb at us sir?" "No, sir, I do not bite my thumb at you, sir - but I do bite my thumb, sir!" ...read more.

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This foreshadows that Tybalt and Romeo are going to fight. Romeo and Juliet get married in secret, which is a good dramatic device because the other characters are unaware of the marriage but the audience does. Mercutio is an important character in Act 3 Scene 1 but we are first introduced to him before the Capulet ball in the Queen Mab speech. During Act 3 scene 1 we are shown that Mercutio is witty, funny and lively "Thou consort's with Romeo..." Tybalt asked, "Consort! What dost thou make us minstrels? And thou makes minstrels of us, look to hear nothing but discords. Here's my fiddle-stick; here's that shall make you dance. Zounds, consort!" This shows Mercutio playing with Tybalt's words when he said consort's meaning are associated, to consort meaning a company of hired musicians. This is how Mercutio provokes Tybalt, this leads to his downfall. Romeo has a premonition, a dream that something dreadful is going to happen that might even lead to his death "some consequence yet hanging in the stars shall bitterly his fearful date with this nights revels, and expire the term of a despised life clos'd in my breast by some vile forfeit of untimely death." ...read more.

Conclusion

Tybalt being as honourable to his family name as he could, he accepts. They fight and Romeo kills Tybalt but Romeo isn't happy with what he has done "O, I am Fortune's fool." He says this because he has just killed his wife's cousin and now he is going to be punished for killing Tybalt as well. The effect of Romeo's banishment is Romeo and Juliet are split apart and Juliet nearly gets married to Paris but she pretends to kill herself to stop the wedding and be with Romeo. But Romeo doesn't get the message that she is faking the death and thinks she is really dead so he kills himself to be with her in death. She wakes up and sees him dying next to her so she kills herself as well. If Romeo wasn't banished then he and Juliet would still be together, Juliet would not have to marry Paris and fake her own death. I think act 3 scene 1 is important and affects the play by splitting up the two main characters Romeo and Juliet. This stops the love theme and leads to many dramatic things to happen. Also when Mecutio gets killed he puts a curse on the families giving them both bad fortune like when the message about Juliet faking her death doesn't get to Romeo and they both kill themselves. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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