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Romeo and Juliet Commentary

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ACT 1 SCENE 1 In the first part of the play Abram and Sampson two servants are insulting each other. Abram asks Sampson "Do you bite your thumb at us sir?" This is the modern equivalent of "Two Fingers" often referred to as the "V" sign. Sampson then quotes " No, sir, I do not bite my thumb at you, sir, but I bite my thumb, sir. This is implying that Sampson does give the "V" sign but not at Abram. Benvolio then comes in and says "Part, fools! Put up your swords, you know not what you do." This means stop fighting, put down your weapons. Tybalt then enters and says "What, art thou drawn among these heartless hinds?" Referring to "soft" "female deers" Benvolio then states " I do but keep the peace. Put up thy sword, Or manage it to part these men with me. Meaning "control yourself" Tybalt then exclaims "What, drawn and talk of peace? I hate the word, as I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee. This means "You have your swords out and you talk of peace?!" [ THEY THEN FIGHT] The prince of Verona referrers to the fighters as " Rebellious subjects, enemies to peace" He then goes on to state that " If you ever disturb our streets again, Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace." Meaning "Fight again and you will be exiled or executed!" ...read more.


Tybalt leaves Romeo for now but says that he will seek revenge. ( END OF ACT 1 SCENE 1 ) ACT 3 SCENE 1 When Tybalt comes into this scene, he says to his followers "Follow me close, for I will speak to them. Gentlemen, good den, a word with one of you." He is referring to Mercutio and Benvolio. He is saying "Guys, wotsup? Can I have a quick word with one of you lot?" But Mercutio's sharp reply "And but one word with one of us? Couple it with something, make it a word and a blow." Suggests that Tybalt wants to fight. Tybalt's response, " You shall find me apt enough to that sir, and you will give Me occasion." Implies that if you give me a reason I will fight! The argument continues with Tybalt verbalizing " Mercutio, thou consortest with Romeo." Entailing, You are friends with Romeo. Mercutio's counter is " Consort? what, dost thou make us minstrels? And thou Make minstrels of us, look to hear nothing but discords. Here's my fiddlestick, here's that shall make you dance. Zounds, consort!" During that come back at Tybalt, Mercutio exclaims "Me? A musician? You call us dancers, minstrels? And all we hear from you are arguments! Here is my sword, it will make YOU dance!" Benvolio then buts in and says, " We talk here in the public haunt of men : Either withdraw unto some private place, Or reason coldly of your grievances, Or else depart; ...read more.


Because of Tybalt's behaviour above, Romeo is exiled from Verona. Friar Lawrence then plans "The Fake Death" of Juliet. A letter is sent to Romeo. It doesn't arrive in time because Romeo has made his way back to Verona to see his new wife Juliet. He first of all goes to see Friar Lawrence, but he isn't there. Romeo sees Juliet in the coffin in the church and then Romeo finds a dagger, he kills himself. But as he is doing so, Juliet awakes to see Romeo taking his life. She then decides to take her own life because she thinks there is nothing more worth living for now that Romeo is dead! ( END OF ACT 3 , SCENE 1) Tybalt's behaviour in the play of Romeo and Juliet contributes massively to the tragic ending of the story of two star-crossed lovers. His behaviour during Act 3, scene 1 is life threatening to Romeo and eventually fatal to Mercutio. Because Tybalt killed Mercutio, Romeos best mate, Romeo goes out seeking vengeance on Tybalt. Because Romeo lost his cool with Tybalt, and killed him, Romeo was exiled. This then led to the "Fake Death" plan which backfired badly for Romeo and Juliet. Tybalt's behaviour in act 1 scene 5 leads to what happened in act 3 scene 1. Tybalt felt threatened by the presence of Romeo at the Capulet ball and decided that, not on that night though, Romeo must die, I must get revenge for my embarrassment at the ball. THE END BY CHRIS PITCHER 10W2 10U ...read more.

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