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Romeo & Juliet - Examine Act 3 Scene 1 in detail, looking at its significance to the rest of the play. In Act 3 Scene 1 there is a major tragedy involved, there are two deaths and Romeo, the son of Montague is banished from Verona.

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Introduction

Romeo & Juliet Examine Act 3 Scene 1 in detail, looking at its significance to the rest of the play. In Act 3 Scene 1 there is a major tragedy involved, there are two deaths and Romeo, the son of Montague is banished from Verona. The scene opens with Mercutio, kinsman to the prince, and friend to Romeo discussing the hot day and the possibility of a quarrel with the Capulet's, "lets retire, the day is hot, the Capulet's are abroad", with his friend Benvolio, nephew to Montague, and friend to Romeo. Tybalt, nephew to Lady Capulet enters the scene looking for Romeo and rudely addresses them. Mercutio and Benvolio are about to fight when Romeo enters. Tybalt is prepared to fight Romeo and Romeo would fight under any other circumstances but Romeo has married Juliet so therefore he is related to Tybalt so he feels as though he must love him "love thee better than thou canst devise". However, Mercutio, Romeo's closest friend doesn't know of his marriage to Juliet, with a sense of loyalty to Romeo, Mercutio battles Tybalt ...read more.

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Mercutio dies in the battle and says "A plague o' both your houses!" more suspense is created here also. And then Romeo battles Tybalt and kills him for revenge for Mercutio, the outcome of this is that Romeo is exiled from the Verona walls. The characters of Mercutio and Tybalt create tension between them much earlier in the play. For example Tybalt clearly states that, "I hate all Montague's as I hate hell", at the beginning this has already created tension as they will come in to conflict and Mercutio is a Montague. Also at the ball Tybalt will get his revenge on Romeo "Patience perforce with wilful choler meeting" this means that Tybalt will get his revenge on Romeo and the Montague's as a whole. Mercutio also creates tension early on, the language used by Mercutio is called the queen mab speech, this means that Mercutio is a character on the edge "Alla stoccata carries it away". This means that Mercutio is prepared to fight. ...read more.

Conclusion

This scene is so tragic as Romeo is exiled from the Verona walls "Romeo is banished" also Mercutio dies as for Tybalt so there is more tragedy there. The two versions of Romeo and Juliet were successful, in the Bas Lurman version the setting is set with lighting and in the background the sea is wavy, this sets the scene. Also in this version the swords are replaced by guns and Romeo kills Tybalt in a car chase. In the older version of this scene swords are used and the setting of the play is also effective as it goes from a quiet setting to a loud fight between Mercutio and Tybalt. However in the older version Romeo looks innocent but in the Bas Lurman version Romeo doesn't. The scene is important to the play as a whole as it sets the story for what happens next, for example, when Romeo is banished, the consequence of this is that it immediately leads to Juliet's and Romeo's death. And when Romeo kills Tybalt this leads to Romeo's banishment. By Ibrahim Ahmet 11R ...read more.

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