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Romeo and Juliet - Analyse the dramatic effectiveness of III i.

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Ruth Vaughan Analyse the dramatic effectiveness of III i. With particular reference to Romeo, Mercutio and Tybalt. In this climatic central scene of the play Tybalt kills Mercutio (a close friend to Romeo.) Romeo kills Tybalt (his cousin in-law.) and is banished forever from Verona (where his wife- Juliet lives.). The audience are aware that Romeo and Juliet had fallen in love at the Capulet ball and have been married by the Friar Lawrence in the previous scene. The friar wanted to unite the two families and he sees this marriage as a way to end the "ancient grudge". "For this alliance may so happy prove, to turn your households' rancour to pure love." The audience are also aware that Tybalt had issued a challenge to Romeo, unknown to Romeo, because he hadn't returned home after the ball. Tybalt, a Capulet, had seen Romeo at the feast and vowed to take revenge at this insult to his family pride. ...read more.


He deliberately misunderstands Tybalt saying "consortest" meaning to go around with, and he hears it as "consort" meaning a group of musicians. Mercutio deliberately carries on with the "consort" theory. When Romeo enters into the scene he is happily in love as he has just married Juliet. "Good Capulet, which name I tender as dearly as my own, be satisfied." Mercuito is enraged by Romeo's reluctance to draw swords with Tybalt. "O calm, dishonourable, vile submission!" He is incensed at this apparent cowardice and challenges Tybalt. Mercutio calls Tybalt "rat-catcher". Mercutio is referring to Tybalt's name, which in the story of Reynard the fox was that of the cat (similar to the modern 'Tibby'). Tybalt is humiliated just as Romeo humiliated him. They fight. Romeo tries to stop Mercutio and Tybalt fighting and in the confusion Mercutio receives a fatal stab wound. When Mercutio is wounded under Romeo's arm everyone thinks he is jesting. ...read more.


Although we know that Romeo and Juliet are fated to die, we still hope against hope that the workings of fate might be thwarted and time and again we are disappointed. This is one of those occasions, just when everything is going so well, Romeo is caught up against his will in a series of events that shatter the happiness. Romeo is drawn into the fight much against his will. His marriage to Juliet has, in fact started the reconciliation process between the two families. But a far more basic instinct, the desire of a man to avoid being thought a coward prevails and Romeo is driven to fight Tybalt. I prefer Zefferelli's interpretation rather than Shakespeare's as it contains more space to run about and there is more action. Shakespeare's play was limited to a theatre stage; Zefferelli's film moves through Verona's streets. In conclusion, the deaths the two of the main characters have a great impact on the rest of the story. Romeo is banished and Juliet's parents decide that her wedding with Paris should be arranged as soon as possible. This makes the play more effective and dramatic. ...read more.

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