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Where, In Your Opinion, Is The Turning Point Of The Play? Discuss Its Importance To The Structure Of The Play As A Whole.

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15/12/01 By Adam Burt Where, In Your Opinion, Is The Turning Point Of The Play? Discuss Its Importance To The Structure Of The Play As A Whole. This essay will focus on the turning point of Romeo and Juliet as a whole. The main scenes that are major turning points are: * Act 2 Scene 2 - Romeo and Juliet declare their love for each other and arrange to marry. * Act 3 Scene 1 - Romeo kills Tybalt and is banished. * Act 4 Scene 2 - Capulet changes the day of the wedding. These acts are the ones that I see as most important to the play, they steer the play in its course. These three acts are the most important because as each one happens the play takes a new twist, and changes the play completely. Fate and personal choice all contribute to the developing drama and the courses of action that Romeo and Juliet take. In Act 2 Scene 2, Mercutio, Benvolio and Romeo are returning from the masked ball when Romeo splits away from the group and limbs over the Capulets wall to try to get a glimpse of his new love that he spotted at the masked ball, Juliet. ...read more.


Romeo then tries to break up the fight, then in the confusion Tybalt stabs Mercutio fatally. Romeo now enraged by the death of his friend Mercutio by Tybalt charges after him and kills him in a frenzy. Then realising what he has done he runs away to Friar Lawrence's cell. The two bodies are taken away to the Prince who asks Benvolio for his view on the two fights. 'O noble Prince, I can discover all the unlucky manage of this fatal brawl. There lies the man, slain by young Romeo, That slew thy kinsman, brave Mercutio.' After hearing a lengthy description of the fight the Prince passes judgement that Romeo should be banished. This is extremely important to the play and is probably the most vital scene. As Romeo was banished this prevents Juliet and himself not to be together. So Juliet is asked by her father Capulet to marry Paris. This is awkward for Juliet because she does not have Romeo to run away with or confront her father about their marriage. Romeo being in Mantua does not help as when Friar Lawrence has the plan to pretend that Juliet is dead, and asks another Friar to deliver a note to Romeo explaining the plan he is held up by a town the is under quarantine because of the plague. ...read more.


'O here will I set up my everlasting rest' This scene is important because of the letter not reaching Romeo, but it is not the main turning point in the play. To conclude Act 3 Scene 1 is probably the key turning point in the play as when Romeo kills Tybalt in his frenzy, he takes himself away from Verona and Juliet. This in turn leads Juliet to take up Friar Lawrence's plan, which leads to the letter being sent. The wedding brought forward and Romeo not receiving the letter, Thus Romeo comes hastily back to Verona where lies 'dead' Juliet. So Romeo kills himself. Juliet wakes up and then proceeds to kill herself. The other scenes are important they give the play its shape and help it move along to this scene but when Romeo becomes separated from Juliet there love affair goes wrong and things become out of hand for them to deal with, Juliet is believed to be dead and because of this Romeo kills himself, then Juliet wakes up and comities suicide as well. The play then comes to its tragic end when both the young lovers dieing because of an 'ancient grudge' between two families. This takes us back to the prologue when all the predictions made then have come true. ...read more.

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