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Romeo & Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare remains the most loved and admired play writer in history. Shakespeare's most popular play even today is 'Romeo and Juliet'. 'Romeo and Juliet' is set in Italy, Valencia. It is about two lovers who are from two families that have a grudge against each other. Juliet, a Capulet, falls in love with Romeo, a Montague. They just want to always be together, however they have to live their romance secretly so that the feud between the families would not get out of hand. Unfortunately, not everything ends up as they had planned and they end up dying. Act 3 Scene 1 is vitally important to the rest of the play. It is the turning point and pivotal scene. At the end of the scene, the outcome of the play has changed. If Mercutio had not died then Tybalt would not have died and the deaths of Romeo and Juliet would have been prevented. It would have ended as a comedy rather than a tragedy. If this scene had not taken place then maybe Romeo and Juliet would not have died and this is the reason why the scene is very important to the rest of the play. ...read more.


On the appearance of Romeo, Tybalt heads towards him and insults him: - "thou art a villain." The term 'villain', in Shakespeare's time, meant the same as servant and it was very insulting as words came to be at that time. In Shakespeare's time, if you were insulted like this, you had to fight, because it was the 'code of honour' and if you did not fight then you were dishonoured. Men from a certain class were expected to be honourable. If they were insulted, they were expected to fight back till the very end if need be or to demand an apology and this was how the masculine world was like. Shakespeare's audience would be expecting Romeo to fight Tybalt for his honour, but unknown to Tybalt and the other characters, Shakespeare's audience and the modern audience both know that Romeo is now kinsman (related) to Tybalt by marriage to Juliet, so Tybalt is now Romeo's cousin by marriage. This is dramatic irony as the audience know this, but the characters do not. Romeo does not want to fight Tybalt, because Tybalt is Juliet's cousin and Romeo is going to have to love him: - "Tybalt the reason that I have to love thee Doth much excuse the appertaining rage." ...read more.


They don't want Romeo's and Juliet's lives to end like this, with Romeo being exiled, but they want them to leave happy lives. Overall, I really would have liked to see Romeo and Juliet living happily ever after, but this scene proved to be very fatal. I felt depressed when both Mercutio and Tybalt died and it was funny that even when Mercutio was wounded, he was still joking around. At the same time, he was also cursing them "A plague a'both house!" and I do not really blame him for cursing them. None of it would have happened if there was not a feud between the two families, Capulets and Montagues. It was a very miserable tragedy and it left me feeling sad. However, there were certain areas that I never understood nor would the modern audience, which only Shakespeare's audience understood as the language at that time was far more different than modern language. On the other hand, I thought that Shakespeare's diction was fabulous and the way he built up tension and excitement just by the use of simple words really fascinated him. Personally, I think that Shakespeare is an incredible writer and he deserves a lot of credit. ?? ?? ?? ?? Faiza Osman Romeo & Juliet 10G ...read more.

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