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How is Act 3 Scene 1 the Pivotal Point of the Play? Right from the beginning of the play the audience knows that Romeo and Juliet are going to die tragically. This makes the audience aware that the play will take a turn for the worst. Throughout the play up to Act 3 Scene 1 there is a tone of optimism between the two families, although there are differences between the two houses, it does not appear to be particularly serious until this scene and the play is all all about love rather than the feud between the two families. In this scene there are absolutely no stage directions, therefore it is completely up to the director to decide how to portray this scene. In the beginning of the scene, Benvolio suggests to Mercutio that they should go indoors because if they encounter any men from the house of Capulet a fight would be unavoidable. Mercutio ignores this suggestion and carries on. This shows how Benvolio is a peace maker and tries to make Mercutio avoid any fights. However Mercutio enjoys fighting and so fighting Tybalt, known as the best fencer in town, makes him excited and is quick to throw himself into a fight. ...read more.


Mercutio then hastily draws his sword and announces that if Romeo will not fight Tybalt then he will. Language is also used in this scene to intimidate the enemy. Mercutio tries to anger Tybalt in various different ways. First he uses his own name against him. "Ratcatcher...king of cats..nine lives." He also mocks Tybalts fencing skills again like he did earlier in the play. "Alla stoccata...Come, sir, your passado." Throughout the scene the atmosphere changes to being far darker and dangerous. You can see this in Mercutio who displays a much more serious tone rather than his usual humorous self and helps let the audience know that things could take a turn for the worst during this scene. When the tone changes the audience can see that the hero, Romeo, is doomed and knows that his death will come soon. When Mercutio and Tybalt begin to fight Romeo attempts to restore the peace by throwing himself between them, however Tybalt stabs Mercutio under Romeo's arm and as Mercutio falls to the ground and Tybalt and his men run away. As Mercutio dies he curses the dispute between the two houses. ...read more.


This scene very much impacts on Romeo in a psychological way. He begins to think that his love for Juliet turned him to a woman and so was not able to fight for himself. He here decides that Tybalt was to blame for Mercutio's death and in rage of what has happened is not able to make sensible, intellectual decisions but instead make rash stupid ones in order to take out his anger on those who had harmed him. After this scene everything goes very downhill. It turns from a relatively happy story to a violent tragedy. I think that in this scene the most pivotal point in the play is the moment which Romeo kills Mercutio because all the rest of the events in the play revolve around this action. Once Romeo is banished he realises that there is not much chance of having a happy and peaceful life with Juliet. This eventually leads to Romeo's attempted rescue of Juliet and both of their deaths. The ending to the play leaves the watcher a feeling that human life was unnecessarily wasted, just like in all tragedies Shakespeare wrote. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jack Brooks 20/04/2009 Page | 1 ...read more.

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