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Romeo and Juliet English Essay

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Introduction

Romeo and Juliet essay Act 3 scene 1 takes place after the romantic meting and marriage of Romeo and Juliet. On the first page of the book we know Romeo and Juliet are going to die. But Romeo and Juliet think their marriage is so strong it can overcome the family feud. This scene is where the tragedy starts to unfold. The scene begins in Verona in Italy, Benvolio warns Mercutio that the Capulets are around but Mercutio does not listen. Benvolio knows there is going to be tension because he knows it is a hot day when he says 'The day is hot, the Caples are abroad' and he also wants to go in when he says 'I pray thee, good Mercutio, lets retire'. This creates tension by it's a hot day - people are short tempered, it is public - no one wants to back down or lose because they will look stupid and lose there reputation, there are lots of factors that relate to trouble. Another reason is that it is stereotypical of men being are hot-tempered and proud. Suspense is created when we see Tybalt approaching because Mercutio wants a fight. Tybalt wants a fight because Romeo gate-crashed his party. We can tell that Mercutio also wants a fight because he says 'By my heel, I care not' where as Benvolio does not want a fight . ...read more.

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The reason for this is because Mercuto would have won the fight against Tybailt, so he would have been alive and Tybailt would have been dead. The audience knows Mercuto is dying but his friends do not know he is dying because they think he is joking as he is a joker. The audience is shocked when he says "a plague on both your houses" and curses the Capulets and the Montagues. When Mercuto is dying he makes a joke when he says "ask for me tomorrow and you shall find me a grave man". This is a pun because it has two meanings - the serious meaning and the dead meaning. The audience is again shocked when he basically says Romeo killed me. This section reminds us of the prologue at the beginning of the story where it tells us roughly the storyline. This describes Romeo as a 'star crossed' and this reminds us that he is doomed to die. Romeo feels that Mercuto has died for him when he says "my very friend, hath got his mortal hurt in my behalf". This makes him angry and he feels is honour has been damaged. We can tell this because he says "my reputation is stain'd". Romeo is also shocked that his relative has killed his friend. ...read more.

Conclusion

Benvolio says "Romeo, that spoke him fair, bid him bethink". He also says "how nice the quarrel was" - he said the quarrel was pointless and urged withal. Lord Montague says "his fault concludes but what die for killing Mercutio the law should end". The atmosphere at this point is tense, noisy and interruptions. The suspense is caused by the audience because we want to know what will happen. We also realise at this point that Romeo's banishment means that he won't be able to see Juliet because it is too dangerous for Romeo to come to the city. Also girls were chaperoned in those days, which means Juliet cannot see Romeo because he has a chaperone. Romeo cannot also send a message to Juliet because it has to pass through the chaperone first. Overall this is a very dramatic scene because it includes fighting, humour, sadness, death, the scene is fast moving, depression, anger and anxiety. All of these things make the audience interested and makes them keep watching. Also in this scene there is a mixture of several types of language used, such as insults, swearing, joking, begging, pledging and arguing. There is a lot to watch on stage in this scene including violence and distress. Also in this scene it is like a turning point for Romeo because lots of things happen in this scene for him. I liked this scene because of the fighting and it is a very dramatic and exciting scene. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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