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Romeo and Juliet - Discuss Act Three Scene One. How important is this scene dramatically, and to the play as a whole?

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Discuss Act Three Scene One. How important is this scene dramatically, and to the play as a whole? Romeo and Juliet is a Tragedy. It focuses on Romeo and Juliet's love for each other, and how they overcome the barriers that they face. It ends in tragedy, when at first it sounds like a romance. One scene and one action made in anger turns the romance to a tragedy. It starts with a mass brawl in the streets of Verona between the families of Montague and Capulet, and the Prince of Verona threatens the death penalty on those who fight in the streets again. Then, a group of young Montagues decide to go uninvited to a party held by Lord Capulet, leader of the Capulet's. This includes Romeo, who falls in love with a girl called Juliet. They then find out about each other, that Romeo is Montague's Son and Juliet is Capulet's Daughter. This does not stop their love, and after the party, Romeo goes to Juliet's house, where she is on a balcony, and he declares his love to her. Then Juliet's nurse seeks Romeo in the streets of Verona, and later that day, they get married. ...read more.

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Mercutio then declares that he is not afraid, and accuses Benvolio of not needing a sword, saying that he (himself) is a duellist unsubtly provoking a quarrel, which is the opposite of Benvolio's role of a Peacemaker. Benvolio questions Mercutio's comments and Mercutio explains that Benvolio. Benvolio warns Mercutio again, but by that time, the Capulets appear. Mercutio says he does not care, and Tybalt says he wants a word, as he wants to find Romeo, but Mercutio tries to get into a fight with him, showing a lot of arrogance. Benvolio tries to become a peacemaker, saying they should carry this on in private, or stop now. Then Romeo enters the scene, and Tybalt calls him a villain for going to Capulets party. Romeo then hints about being married to Juliet, and saying that he is no a villain. Tybalt says that is no excuse, and Romeo protests. It looks obvious that no matter what Tybalt is going to fight Romeo. Then Mercutio re-enters and insults Tybalt, calling him a Rat Catcher. This provokes a fight between them, which Romeo tries to break up. ...read more.

Conclusion

The play before this scene was a Romance - everything going perfectly, and this scene is the beginning of the end of the marriage - and it is yet still the same day of the marriage. The pace of the play after this has been increased by this scene, and now the big issue is how can they be together - not how are they going to tell their families. This obviously later on contributes to their deaths, as if Romeo was in Venice and not Mantua, he would have heard the plan off Friar Lawrence and therefore they would have both have been able to run away together, and not kill themselves, and Paris would not have died in the fight in Juliet's tomb. But they do get a warning of what might happen, as Juliet sees a dramatic vision of Romeo's death in a tomb in Act Three Scene Five (Lines 54 - 57). This scene is extremely spectacular, dramatic and powerful. There is a lot of violence in this scene, which two deaths occur and the dark side of the play rears its ugly head. There are many things, likethe stage directions such as "they fight", and ...read more.

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