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Shakespeare uses language and actions in act 3 scene 1 to develop the characters.

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Shakespeare uses language and actions in act 3 scene 1 to develop the characters. The scene starts off smoothly only to end up with a disaster on both families. The insults and brutal murders only cause to bring the families more hatred towards each other and to also separate the star-crossed lovers even more than before. This scene is about death and vengeance. Insults are thrown at each other and blood shed. The scene ends only for it to be repeated and decisions are made which affect both houses. When we first meet Romeo, we are given the impression of sadness and depression. The 'sad hours seem long in his life'. This shows that his state of mind is not were it should be and that his mind is being occupied. As we go on, Romeo starts to use oxymorons. This shows us his lovesick feelings towards Rosaline. He has 'loving hate' towards Rosaline. The other oxymorons he uses is 'bright smoke', 'cold fire' and 'sick health'. These oxymorons are used to show Romeo's confused state of mind. At the beginning of act 3 scene 1, Romeo is being portrayed as peaceful and loving. ...read more.

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He questions 'is he a man'. He doesn't have faith in Romeo and doesn't seem very loyal to his friend to be talking about him and mocking him. He's very negative at the beginning of this scene. In act 3 scene 1 Mercutio provokes Tybalt by taunting him. Mercutio tries to pick a fight, 'make it a word and a blow'. Mercutio has his heart set on fighting Tybalt but his insults are just ignored as he is not the one to be fought. Romeo's refusal to Tybalt angers Mercutio. Fired up inside, he steps forward and challenges Tybalt. 'Will you pluck your sword out'. At this point Mercutio fights but for what reason? Does he fight to protect his friend, or does he fight to show that he is stronger and more capable? Mecutio dies tragically but curses both the Capulet's and the Montague's. 'A plague a' both houses!' He is upset and he dies in the grudge between the families what more could he do than to curse them. Could this be a small prediction of what there is still to come? Mercutio understands that he will dies and that these will be his last few words but yet at first when he is stabbed, he seems to be very comical about it. ...read more.

Conclusion

Tybalt tries to make Capulet understand that he should fight. He calls Romeo a 'foe and 'a villain' who has 'scorn' the night for them. Even though he is told not to fight, he still insults Romeo and his family. We don't really know much about Tybalt only that he is the first cousin to Juliet. Capulet calls Tybalt 'a saucy boy' as well as 'a princox' (cocky youngster). This gives us an indication of how old Tybalt is. After Capulet advises not to go near Romeo and not to pick a fight, Tybalt is 'wilful choler' which makes his 'flesh tremble' his intentions are to make this meeting of the two houses 'bitt'rest gall'. Tybalt really hates the Montague's and respects his family name so much that he threatens to take vengeance out on Romeo. In act 3 scene 1, Tybalt comes searching for Romeo, as he fulfills his treat to take vengeance. Firstly, he tries to provoke Romeo, 'thou art a villain'. He does this, as to him, it is a sure way that he will get a fight but he is disappointed and angered by Romeo's refusal. Even though he doesn't get the fight he wants at first, he still accepts the fight from Mercutio, 'I am for you'. He leaves straight away after Mercutio's blood has been shed. With Mercutio's death, Tybalt has received a fight with Romeo. ...read more.

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