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What makes Act 3 Scene 1 such a powerful And important part in the play 'Romeo and Juliet?'

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Kimberley Fulcher What makes Act 3 Scene 1 such a powerful And important part in the play 'Romeo and Juliet?' The dramatic nature of Act 3 Scene 1 has an increasing effect on the rest of the play; it is a crucial turning point. The fact that Tybalt and Mercutio are now dead means that the Prince's decree will now have to go ahead. The conflict leads directly out of the elements and change the course of the play. Romeo is now banned (exiled) - this means that he will no longer be able to see Juliet. Also, if Romeo had not have killed Tybalt, he would have been executed as he murdered Mercutio. However, these events had to take place, because they all link in with the idea that we cannot control out own fate and that it is written in the stars. I think that one of the main reasons why Act 3 Scene 1 is such a powerful moment in the play is due to the fact that it reflects on 'destiny'. These deaths were not needed yet they were unstoppable. Throughout the play, a lot of different emotions are explored, especially in the fight scene and this keeps the audience gripped. The true extent of pride and ancient family feuds is realised here - and it shows how situations can suddenly spiral out of control. This sets the scene for a key point - that the conflict is dramatically inevitable - that it's written in the stars. ...read more.


The contrast in the emotions of Romeo and Tybalt are extremely apparent in this scene. This keeps the audience gripped and also reflects on light and dark. This foreshadows the events in Act 3 Scene 1, as it becomes clear that a fight will occur. A key point in this scene is the conversation between Capulet and Tybalt. Tybalt hears Romeo's voice and realizes that there are Montague's present and he tells a servant to bring his sword. Capulet may dislike the Montagues, but he is trying to obey the Prince's command. But as a host, he cannot allow even an enemy to be attacked under his own roof. And, he tells Tybalt, Romeo is 'virtuous and well-governed' Tybalt is angry at losing the chance for a fight, and blames Romeo for this, especially when he is made to look silly by Capulet, who tells him off and calls him a 'saucy boy'. This means Tybalt will feel embarrassed and want to get his own back on Romeo. Tybalt agrees to keep the peace, but vows that he will not let this insult pass. This builds up on the dramatic tension as this is also foreshadowing, as there is a more than likely chance that Tybalt will want revenge. Act 3 Scene 1 itself is very important as Shakespeare gives us many clues as to what will happen. It is clearly led from the actions earlier on in the play. ...read more.


Note that right after Mercutio's death Romeo says: "This day's black fate on more days doth depend..." Romeo knows fate has entered into the equation of his life, and he must play "the fool," or the jester, as he has absolutely no control. The fight scene is chaotic and it is clear that passion outweighs reason, and the deaths are needless. Romeo's cry is in desperation and frustration due to his misfortune in having to kill his wife's cousin and getting himself banished. Romeo blames fate for his misfortune whereas Mercutio in his dying speech curses the two families rather than a larger force. His curse will soon come to fruition on both houses. Romeo's killing of Tybalt was carried out in the heat of the moment and had he the time to ponder the situation he may have acted differently. Romeo's action has threatened the public order of Verona and the Prince has no alternative but to act decisively. The danger now for Romeo in continuing to meet Juliet is increased because he has to avoid the authorities as well as the Capulets and this puts even greater pressure on the families. Shakespeare's good use of foreshadowing in the scenes leading up to Act 3 Scene 1 are able to build up the tension extremely well. I feel that if tension had not been built earlier on in the play, Act 3 Scene 1 would not have had such a dramatic effect. Instead, all of the aspects of the prologue and the Prince's speech come to light and the play suddenly strikes the audience of being not only about love, but also of fate and destiny. ...read more.

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