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Why could Act Three Scene One be considered the pivotal scene in "Romeo and Juliet"?

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Why could Act Three Scene One be considered the pivotal scene in "Romeo and Juliet"? Act Three Scene One could be seen as the pivotal scene within in the play "Romeo and Juliet" due the dramatic and unfortunate events that take place. The whole play is based around a family feud between the house of Capulet and Montague. This feud has seen blood split on many occasions in the streets of Verona and many quarrels and upsets have resulted in the intervention of the law enforcement. Tybalt and Juliet are from the Capulet family where as Mercutio and Romeo are of the Montague family. There has been tension building before this seen between Tybalt and Romeo and Tybalt had also challenged Romeo to fight him. This creates more tension in the audience because they are aware of certain facts about Romeo's relationship to Tybalt that Tybalt is ignorant of. The audience would recognize that the weather is hot signaling that foul tempers are afoot. This tension is escalated when Tybalt is provoked and mocked by Mercutio "Consort! What, dost thou make minstrels of us" but the audience is unsure as to whether this will lead to violence due to the humorous nature of Mercutio although Mercutio's mood suggest he will fight if provoked "I will not budge for no man's pleasure". ...read more.


Weapons are counted as props but what weapons are used are up to the director. This can be seen in the two film versions by Franco Zeffirelli in 1968 and by Baz Luhrmann version in 1997. the former choosing to use swords the latter preferring the modern approach of firearms for example in the beginning of the play one character says "give me my long sword" actually referring to a shotgun, although this is easier to portray in a film than it would be when presented on stage. In the films it is easy to show a change in weather etc to depict moods, the globe however was an open top theatre, with no ability to host special effects of the same magnitude that would be expected in a film. It would have some benefits though for example if it was a hot day then the audience could really get a feel for what its like in Verona in this scene and how it may cause tempers to flare more than usual plus when a brawl would take place it would seem more real to be able to watch it unfold before your eyes. The language in which the play is written is obviously that of older times but the play is written in verse and when characters such as the Prince speak it is also in verse due to their high status in the fictional place of Verona. ...read more.


Although this is stated, Shakespeare also leads us to believe that the characters are also responsible for their own fate and how it turns out in the end. Had Romeo took a moment to consider the consequences of his actions instead of acting without thought then maybe things could of proceeded to turn out differently. The marriage of the Romeo and Juliet could have ended the feud of the two families and ultimately joined the two houses. Also if Tybalt had kept his temper in check and accepted that Romeo and Juliet were to be wed then he might of survived and Mercutio may have lived to see another day to but again due to the violent nature of Tybalt both lost their lives. Before Mercutio died he placed a curse on both the houses Montague and Capulet "A plague o' both your houses". This would have worried the audience which would have been very superstitious. Ultimately this curse comes true with the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Romeo, who was banished for what he had done, would have heard of the Friars plan had he not got himself banished from Verona. If he had got word of this plan he would not taken his life and Juliet the same. Romeo claimed to be "fortunes fool" as to say this was the doing of fate and could of maybe been avoided had he thought things through rationally. ...read more.

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