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The scene I am studying is Act 3 Scene 1, which I think is the most important and scene of the play; there are many reasons for this importance. The character development in this scene is very effective

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Introduction

Romeo & Juliet coursework. Romeo and Juliet was set in the medieval period in Verona, Italy. Shakespeare wrote the play in 1595 and got the idea for the play from a poem by Arthur Brooke, titled "The tragical history of Romulus and Juliet". In Arthur's version of the play, it was set over 3 months yet in Shakespeare's version it was set over 3 days, Sunday to Wednesday, to make the play more dramatically effective, and shorter to watch. The play is greatly influenced by the belief in fate. During Elizabethan times love was very powerful and was also exaggerated. This is a very good way to take advantage and make things more dramatic than they actually are. This is how Shakespeare makes the play exciting and dramatic for the audience. Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet in 1595 when he was only 31. He wrote the play for Queen Elizabeth the 1st, the play also appealed to a wider audience at that time. In Shakespeare's time the audience would have really enjoyed watching this plays as it gives them chance to forget about their awful lives. Shakespeare wrote his plays just for his audience, some of his plays were a success and some weren't. Romeo and Juliet was a huge success and is still a popular play now. The play starts with a prologue this tells the audience what is going to happen during the play bringing dramatic tension to the play, as the audience will be waiting to see the fights and tragedies. ...read more.

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Tybalt plays a very aggressive role; he entertains the audience with violence. Mercutio, he plays a very characteristic role in the play. He can humour the audience and also use violence to entertain them. At this point Romeo arrives at the scene and Tybalt immediately starts his insulting; "thou art a villain." However Romeo does not retaliate as he has just been married to Juliet and so is part of his family; "Tybalt the reason that I have to love thee doth much excuse the appertaining rage to such a greeting." Romeo despises the hatred between the families and at first has no intention of harming Tybalt, as he is now one of his own 'kinsmen' and harming Tybalt would mean harming his beloved Juliet. When he shows up in the scene in a provocative mood, which increases the dramatic tension, as he is being polite to the Montague's in a patronising way and the audience question what he is doing. Mercutio is also looking for a fight as we are shown when he replies to his own friends rudely as this is shown in prose, showing lack of respect. Mercutio questions his own family and friends, which shows he is looking for a fight which creates further tension as Tybalt will be mocked more which everyone knows will cause a fight. When Benvolio tries to stop Mercutio he just simply replies with NO, showing the audience that he wants a fight with the Capulets. ...read more.

Conclusion

After killing Tybalt, Romeo flees Verona to avoid confronting the prince and his punishment, which makes the marriage harder, but it means that the focus of the play is now on love and not hate of families. "Romeo, away, be gone! The citizens are up, and Tybalt is slain." Romeo blames the death of Tybalt and the terrible situation he's in on fate again; "O, I am Fortune's fool." This reverts back to the belief that his destiny is controlled and he has no power over it. Romeo is a very loving character, we know this because at the start of the play he is in love with another girl, and then when he meets Juliet he falls in love with her straight away and cant stop thinking about her. This is part of the reason for his death and is another part of his flaw. He doesn't listen to the warnings fate has given him either. He acts without thinking things through, without considering the consequences. When he kills Tybalt is a good example. Tybalt is Juliet's cousin and a Capulet. He has just killed Mercutio Romeo's best friend. When Romeo kills Tybalt he does it purely out of vengeance, it is a crime of passion. He has let his emotions control him, and doesn't think. This leads to him being banished. From here onwards everything goes wrong for the lovers. This is a blemish in his character. If he was not arrogant he would not be able to kill himself and maybe things would have turned out differently. ...read more.

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