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Romeo & Juliet: Act 3 Scene 1

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Romeo and Juliet: Act Three Scene One In Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet", act three scene one becomes a very important part of the play. This is the scene that the play has dramatic changes in, whether it is from a classical comedy to a classical tragedy. To express the desired effect on the audience, staging has its large amounts of importance to play in order to gain impact on the rest of the play. Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's most famous tragedies, it was written in 1595. It is a play about two young people who fall in love and marry each other despite the fact that the families they come from are worst enemies from ancient times, through ancient grudges. This play is considered to be one of the greatest ever written because of the enormous change which takes place in this scene. Plays of Elizabethan England and earlier were divided into genres. Some examples of genre would be comedy, tragedy, and romance and these genres would follow certain patterns. Comedy and tragedy were completely unrelated, therefore, by having the two plays unite would make it very popular. Today, the genre of "comedy" is associated with happiness and hilarity and is defined by a story or a play that deliberately causes the audience to laugh; this is a different understanding of the word "comedy" in Elizabethan England. In Shakespeare's England, comedy was usually a story of two lovers who wished to get together but was held back by their elders, the play would then result in a way that the couple would end up married. Shakespeare's tragedies were usually quite bloody and ended with the death of a main character; an example of this is in the play of "Macbeth". They showed a lot of people suffering and dying, usually because of bad rulers. Romeo and Juliet was not any typical comedy or tragedy, Shakespeare showed his spectators that genres could be combined to create a diverse story. ...read more.


I also believe that it is an important part of the overall scene because the etiquette of fighting has been broken; meaning that this can show us that many other cultural things in the play may have a slight change. The second section of the play is all about the fight that is between Tybalt, Mercutio and Romeo. It is about Mercutio's death, and the curse that will fly upon both the Capulets and the Montagues. Because Mercutio and Tybalt are fighting, Romeo tells Benvolio: Draw, Benvolio; beat down their weapons. Gentlemen, for shame, forbear this outrage! Tybalt, Mercutio, the prince expressly hath Forbidden bandying in Verona streets: Hold, Tybalt! Good Mercutio! As Romeo interferes into the fight, as he steps in between them, Tybalt, under Romeo's arm stabs Mercutio, and flies with his followers. Tybalt runs when he realises what he has done, he has little retribution. Yet still, Mercutio speaks whilst he is hurt, he likes the sound of his own voice. After he gets stabbed, he says: I am hurt A plague o' both your houses! I am sped. Is he gone, and hath nothing? When Mercutio says this, it is as if the Montagues and the Capulets are pre-destined for something bad to happen. Benvolio is much more concerned than Romeo; he shows this by saying "what, art thou hurt?" Mercutio's reply sounds as if the wound is not much at first, he says "Ay, ay, a scratch, a scratch" but, when he finishes his sentence with the words "marry, 'tis enough." We know that Mercutio is seriously injured, and with that one stabbing under Romeo's arm, has done enough to kill him. He also asks his page (servant) to go and find him a surgeon; this shows us that he still wants to live, that he'd rather die with pride, and not through a misfortune. Then, Romeo is being very insensitive with the words he say, "courage, man; the hurt cannot be much" Mercutio still keeps up with his character with all the intelligent talk that he says even when he is slowly dying. ...read more.


His statement is all accurate; the audience also knows this too. After Benvolio has told the story, we know that is true, the Capulets want Romeo dead, whereas the Montagues prefer him alive. The prince now needs to make a decision to benefit both houses because if it does not, more conflicts will be caused out of this. The prince has listened to the story of Benvolio, he has heard what both Houses want, so he needs to make a decision at that particular time. He says: Romeo slew him, he slew Mercutio; Who now the price of his dear blood doth owe?" This shows that the prince is thinking effectively and he does not want the houses to have any more trouble caused. He also says one last final speech at the end of the scene before everyone exits: And for that offence Immediately we do exile him hence: I have an interest in your hate's proceeding, My blood for your rude brawls doth lie a-bleeding; But I'll amerce you with so strong a fine That you shall all repent the loss of mine: Nor tears nor prayers shall purchase out abuses: Therefore use none: let Romeo hence in haste, Else, when he's found, that hour is his last. Bear hence this body and attend our will: Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill. This speech of the prince shows us that the prince is hurt he does want Mercutio to be alive, and because he is dead, he will ask both the Montagues and the Capulets to pay a fine. Overall, this scene has much importance to the play, it has a major turning point, and this scene is where the comedy of the Shakespearean time and the tragedy combines to create an interesting and exciting combination. I have included many quotes, and have described this to support my initiative. Yennie Romeo and Juliet English Coursework - 1 - ...read more.

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