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Romeo and Juliet Act 3 scenes 1 and 5.

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Introduction

Romeo and Juliet Act 3 scenes 1 and 5 are unique as they, on their own manage to display the main themes of Shakespearian dramatic script. Love and death. The two scenes are at the heart of the play for two reasons, they are very influential to the final scenes and they are bang in the centre or 'heart' of the play. I shall attempt to reveal how this link is achieved between two apposing ideas. Shakespeare's drama plays are all based around the themes of love and death for a number of reasons; they show human life and our understanding of life. In Romeo and Juliet, the death and violence are portrayed in act 3 scene 1 with the deaths of Mercutio resulting from two parts of the same battle. The other theme is love, which at first thought is the total contrast of death, but in reality the two are strongly linked. The un-dying love between Romeo and Juliet is shown in act 3 scene 5 when Romeo risks capital punishment if he is caught in Verona for the sake of spending a couple more minutes with his love, Juliet. This scene continues after Romeo leaves and Juliet has to hide her secret love when she disobeys her father, Lord Capulet, by announcing that she will not go through with the arranged marriage to the County Paris when she is told that the wedding will take place within days. ...read more.

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Romeo says that Mercutio should be a little more courageous, and that his wound cannot be much, but Mercutio knows that his life is slipping away. We know this because Mercutio says, 'Ask for me tomorrow and you will find me a grave man�. As Mercutio is dieing, he puts the blame upon Romeo, and asks why he came into the fight between him and Tybalt. As Mercutio passes away, Romeo uses irony in his words when he says 'This days black fate on mo day's doth depend�. He is telling us that he knew in the back of his mind he knew that something would go wrong. Tybalt then proceeds to where Romeo and Benvolio are standing, another fight takes place and Romeo delivers a fatal wound to Tybalt. This is carried out differently in the two versions, In the Luhrman version, after Mercutio is slain, Tybalt tries to escape in a car. And Romeo follows him. The action is fast and furious with a lot of camera work on the two men's eyes; the music is very up-tempo as well. Romeo crashes his car into Tybalt�s. The two make their way out of the wreckage and Tybalt pulls out his gun. The rain starts pouring down and this is another sign that something bad is about to happen. The two men fight until Tybalt drops his gun. ...read more.

Conclusion

No nightingale. Nights candles are burnt out. I must be gone and live or stay and die." So what Romeo is saying is a total contrast to what his new wife said. He says it is day and if he is caught he will die as the prince had banished him from Verona after he killed Tybalt in a fit of rage. Romeo is being very poetic. For example he uses phrases like " Nights candles" when he is talking about the stars. He also refers to "Cynthia's brow" Cynthia in is the mythical name for the god of the moon so he is clearly referring to the moon. The two scenes have very separate themes, love and death. The two scenes both work towards final and in which the enemy families of Capulets and Montagues are drawn together. The love between Romeo and Juliet is the initial factor as this brings two members of the apposing families together then the death acts as a binding force as both families have to overcome the deaths of their children. The idea of the families being drawn together by the deaths are stated in the finial lines of the play when the price of Verona says, "A glooming peace this morning with it brings; the sun for sorrow will not show his head. Go hence, to have more talk of these sad things. Never was a story more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo." So He has told the families to mourn the deaths together as they are both in the same sad situation THE END ...read more.

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