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Why is Act 3 Scene 1 a key scene in the play - Romeo and Juliet. How Might an Audience React to It?

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Introduction

Why is Act 3 Scene 1 a key scene in the play How Might an Audience React to It? Before act 3 scene 1, Romeo, Mercutio and Benvolio gatecrash the Capulet's party in regain to find another lady for Romeo who was rejected by Rosaline, whom wants to stay virgin. At the party Romeo meets Juliet and instantly falls in love with, while Mercutio and Benvolio believe he still is in love with Rosaline, also at the party Tybalt recognizes Romeo and start trouble but Capulet stops any attempts of a fight breaking out. After the party Romeo proposes to Juliet and Juliet sends her nurse to see if Romeo is a suitable husband. At this part the audience will be happy for Romeo, but only see his lovesick side. ...read more.

Middle

Benvolio is trying to take Mercutio but Mercutio tells the audience jokes by saying about times he quarrelled with other men such as the time Benvolio ' Thou wilt quarrel with a man for cracking nuts, having no other reason but thou hast hazel eyes.' Making Benvolio look like the troublemaker between the two, but at this point the audience would laugh and realise it was Mercutio talking about his quarrels. Soon Tybalt enters and he is looking for Romeo as he gatecrashed the Capulets with out an invitation. Mercutio tries to provoke Tybalt but fails as Romeo enters, Tybalt instantly says ' well peace be with you sir, here comes my man.' Mercutio deliberately takes that as an insult to Romeo, making it look like Tybalt said here comes my servant. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is one of the key parts and the audience are angry and sad as the audience's favourite is dying. Mercutio does a curse on both the Montagues and Capulet's saying ' A plague on both your houses! They have made worms' meat of me.' Tybalt runs away but returns soon and Tybalt and Romeo fight it out, which sees Romeo kill Tybalt. The audience will be shocked as they see a Romeos dark side, a side no one as seen of Romeos and are anticipating what will happen next. Both Capulets and Montague families appear with the Prince who gives Romeo the punishment of banishment as Tybalt got the punishment he was meant to get. The audience will be sad and maybe angry as they just saw a happy scene of Romeo and Juliet getting married to a sad scene seeing two people dying. Vishnu Sreedharan ...read more.

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