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Romeo and Juliet - Act3 Sc1

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'Romeo and Juliet' essay Essay Question: Why is Act 3 Scene 1 a turning point in 'Romeo and Juliet'? How is theme of fate shown in the scene? The play 'Romeo and Juliet' was written by William Shakespeare in between 1594-1596. This play starts of as a romance, but it changes into a tragedy in Act 3 Scene 1. This is why Act 3 Scene 1 is a turning point in 'Romeo and Juliet'. It is also where theme of fate plays a big role. Theme of fate is shown throughout the whole play but it becomes more important in Act 3 Scene 1. The prologue is important because it tells the audience what happened before the play starts. In the prologue it is told that the play is set in Verona, Italy and two families (Montagues and Capulets) have been fighting for a long time. Shakespeare uses prologue as a dramatic technique to create tension. We also find out that Romeo and Juliet die at the end. It says: "A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life". By letting the audience know the ending, makes it more tragic and builds tension. Act 1 Scene 1 shows the audience the hatred between Capulets and Montagues and their fight builds tension. After they fight Prince comes and warns them not to fight again or they will have to pay with their lives. ...read more.

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Act 3 Scene 1 is a turning point because the actions in this scene lead to death of Romeo and Juliet and few other characters. The loathing of two families leads to this fight which leads to five characters death at the end. Romeo is banished after he kills Tybalt. This leads to Friar Lawrence's plan which turns out badly. The fight is mostly Tybalt's fault. He challenges Romeo because he is angry at him for coming to Capulet's party. It is also Mercutio's fault because he jokes around and says that he will fight instead of Romeo. He plays with his words and calls Tybalt 'King of Cats'. He says: "Good King of Cats, nothing but one of your nine lives". The teasing makes Tybalt want to fight with Mercutio which results in Mercutio's death and later on in Tybalt's death. After Mercutio dies, Romeo gets angry and wants revenge. To Tybalt he says: "That late thou gavest me, for Mercutio's soul Is but a little way above our heads, Staying for thine to keep him company. Either thou or I, or both, must go with him". This quote shows how deeply Romeo is hurt by his best friend's death. His words are carefully chosen to show his hurt towards Tybalt. That makes the audience realise how serious he is about wanting revenge and how much he cared about Mercutio. ...read more.

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The audience can see that Romeo is very romantic character in this play. Because he talks like that most of the time, it is more obvious when he changes to prose. He changes to prose because he is angry and the audience can see he is angry because he usually does not talk in prose. On the other hand Mercutio talks in 'prose'. He does not think about what he says. He just says what is on his mind. In Act 3 Scene 1 he says: "Nay, and there were two such, we should have none shortly, for one would kill the other. Thou! Why, thou wilt quarrel with a man that hath a hair more or a hair less in his beard than thou hast..." This quote shows that what he says does not rhyme and it is straightforward. It is not thought about. Mercutio is a witty character and it is shown through his language. He is humorous and that makes the audience like him more, so when he dies it is more of a tragic. In conclusion Act 3 Scene 1 is a turning point in 'Romeo and Juliet' because the play changes from romance to tragedy. The fight in this scene leads to main characters' death, which makes the play even more tragic. The theme of fate is shown in this scene when Mercutio wishes sickness on both families and when Romeo calls himself 'fortune's fool'. He can also sense that the fight will lead to something even more tragic. By Kamola Erghasheva 10C1 ...read more.

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