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'Romeo and Juliet' - Explain the dramatic significance of Act 3, Scene 1.

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'Romeo and Juliet' Explain the dramatic significance of Act 3, Scene 1. Romeo and Juliet is a play about two star-crossed lovers from Verona both from two different families but it isn't as simple as that, the two families hold an ancient feud against each other. The prologue tells us quite a bit about whats going to happen during the play. It tells us that two star-crossed lovers will take their life 'A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life', and also that when they are dead their parents will end their family grudge, 'Doth with their death bury their parents' strife'. The two families, the Capulets and the Montagues, are enemies of each other throughout the play because of this ancient family feud they have numerous fights about this throughout the play. This particular play is a tragedy because the two main characters do die during the play. During the first two Acts, quite a lot happens as Romeo and Juliet meet at a masked ball and then realise that they are worst enemies, 'My only love sprung from my only hate'. They fall in love almost instantly and arrange to meet up and get married. They were both ready to give up their family name for each other, 'Deny thy father and refuse thy name. ...read more.

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When Tybalt challenges Romeo to a fight, Romeo backs away, 'I do protest I never injured thee, But love thee better than thou can'st devise Till thou shalt know the reason of my love. And so, good Capulet, which name i tender as dearly as mine own, be satisfied.' Here Romeo was saying to Tybalt that no he won't fight him and he will never guess the reason why he loves him so dearly, then he tries to stay out of it. Mercutio seems shocked by the way Romeo acts towards Tybalt and then challenges Tybalt to a fight 'Tybalt, you rat-catcher, will you walk?' During the beginning of the play Tybalt is portrayed as an aggressive person because of the way he acted at the masked ball when he recognized the Montagues, and it nearly broke out into a fight but Lord Capulet insisted they shouldn't. Later in the play, he is killed by Romeo because Tybalt killed Mercutio Romeo's friend. Tybalt seems like a fighter and not a talker because as soon as he sees the enemy he is ready to fight. When Tybalt and Mercutio had that fight Tybalt didn't really want to fight him but Mercutio pushed him into it 'Tybalt you rat-catcher, will you walk?' ...read more.

Conclusion

Then after this Benvolio is not needed no more because Romeo has been banished so he is not there for him and so not needed. In addition, Benvolio doesn't know about Juliet so he can't be part of the rest as there is no need. When the Prince and the Montagues and Capulets arrive on the scene, the prince asks what was going on. Benvolio tries to cover Romeo as best as he can but it doesn't work therefore the prince punishes him by banishing him from Verona. As Romeo is banished, he cannot see Juliet as he cant step foot inside of Verona. In conclusion, i think that this scene turns the play around and it does cause the death of Romeo and Juliet. Both Romeo and Juliet end up committing suicide because since Romeo is banished they send him a letter but only the letter never gets there so when he finds out Juliet is dead he goes back to see her and kills himself. When Juliet wakes up she sees Romeo and kills herself all because she wanted to escape to be with Romeo and not to marry Paris. I think the play is more than just a fight scene because it also offers the turning point in the play and also gives a reason for Romeo to be banished so he is in the right place for they deaths to happen at the end. ...read more.

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