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Romeo and Juliet Coursework

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Introduction

Romeo and Juliet Coursework Act 3 Scene 1 At the beginning few scenes of the play, there is no real violence. The feud between the families has been nothing more than a childish quarrel. However the whole play's theme and overall tone changes after this scene. In the previous scenes, we know that Romeo and Juliet are married secretly and therefore Romeo is now Tybalt's kinsman. This complicates the situation and circumstances of the play completely but many of the characters are unaware of this, and their actions have drastic consequences. Act 3, scene 1 is a very pivotal point in the play because it is one of the consequences of dramatic irony and it has a domino effect on the scenes after. This scene immediately sets the tone and mood with Benvolio pleading with Mercutio to get off the streets on Verona. He is wary because he knows that the Capulets are about. ...read more.

Middle

The scene doesn't explode straight away though, Shakespeare builds up the tension and atmosphere for a while. The tension starts with childish insults from Mercutio. "And but one word with one of us? Couple it with something, and make it a word and a blow." Clearly he wants an argument but Tybalt does not want to seek a fight with him, he wants Romeo. So it just happens that Romeo is about and enters the scene. Maybe this is just bad luck or could it be fate intervening? At this point the audience knows the difficulty Romeo will have defusing the hostile Tybalt. Since he is married to Juliet, he shouldn't seek a fight with him or accept a challenge. Tybalt starts the argument with a tactless insult: "Romeo, the love I bear thee can afford no better term than this: thou art a villain." More often than not Romeo would have countered this with his own insult but the marriage between he and Juliet has made him peaceful and gives a serene response to Tybalt's comment. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is a critical warning coming from him. Only when he is dying does he realise that the ridiculous ancient feud has killed him. With Romeo seeing red, it's clear what he is going to do and the tranquil Romeo we saw before has changed and now 'rude will' dominates 'grace'. "In man as well as herbs - grace and rude will, And where the worser is predominant Full soon the canker death eats up that plant" Moments later Tybalt is slain and the dramatic tension has reached its peak. From here the only thing left is to tie the loose ends and this happens when the Prince arrives at the scene. After Benvolio's account of the events is told, albeit slightly biased the Prince delivers the final sentence: Romeo is exiled. "And for that offence, we banish him immediately. Let Romeo go with all speed: if we find him, that hour will be his last." It's this sentence that changes everything to happen in the scenes after. This makes the scene pivotal; because Romeo is exiled this changes the circumstances of the characters situations completely. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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