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Romeo and Juliet Coursework Essay Act 3 scene 1 of 'Romeo and Juliet' is a very important scene in the play in

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Romeo and Juliet Coursework Essay Act 3 scene 1 of 'Romeo and Juliet' is a very important scene in the play in that it is a turning from where the whole course of the action starts to move in a different, tragic direction. Up to the start of Act 3 the main focus of the action has been the developing love between Romeo and Juliet. From their first meeting at the Capulet ball, through the romantic balcony scene, culminating in their marriage, it would seem that the love is dominating force. At this point in the play the audience feels they are watching a conventional romance in which love will overcome all obstacles, even the conflict between the two households. However there are signs that all is not well! The prologue promised that Romeo and Juliet would be 'star-crossed lovers' and even the two lover's express fears. Before he goes to the ball Romeo says 'Some consequence yet hanging in the stars/Shall bitterly begin his fearful date/With this nights revels' and even in the midst of the balcony scene Juliet says their love is 'too rash; too unadvised; too sudden'. ...read more.

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In response to this Tybalt is not pleased and replies to Romeo with comments like "Thou art a Villain". Tybalt is also very determined to have a fight with Romeo and uses every opportunity to tell him to "turn and draw". Mercutio is disgusted at how cowardly Romeo is being through all of this and doesn't understand why he keeps walking away from Tybalt instead of fighting him. Mercutio is just as determined as Tybalt to have a fight so he offends him by calling him the "Good King of Cats" (this is because of his name). As they start to fight Romeo tries to step in and stop it but he is unsuccessful. After a while he manages to step in between them and try to talk them out of it, which is when Tybalt thrusts his sword up stabbing Mercutio in the stomach. This part is quite unclear as to whether or not Tybalt actually meant to kill Mercutio. I think it was probably an accident as, although they were fighting, Mercutio was making comments like "nothing but one of your nine lives that I mean to make bold withal". ...read more.

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To settle this argument the Prince steps in and says that although Tybalt was a murderer, Romeo still killed him so Romeo must be punished and decides that the only fair thing to do is to ban him from Verona, "And for that offence/Immediately we do exile him hence." I think this is fair as, although Romeo is a murderer so was Tybalt, who would have been killed anyway, so in a way he saved the police a job, but I agree that it still cannot go unnoticed. This scene completely changes the audiences' expectations for the rest of the play. To start with the audience is hopeful that Romeo and Juliet's love will pull both of the families together so they can forget their differences. After the fight the audience realises that even Romeo and Juliet's love is not strong enough to get them through this horrific feud and that there is little hope for the two lovers anymore. This prepares them for the tragedy of Juliet's apparent suicide and Romeo and Juliet killing themselves because they see that there is no hope for them and that more people are getting hurt by their love than it is helping. ...read more.

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