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Why is act 3 scene 1 an important turning point in Romeo and Juliet

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Why is act 3 scene 1 an important turning point in Romeo and Juliet? Act 3 scene 1 is a very important scene in Romeo and Juliet this is because after this scene is where the main factors of they plat occur, this is tragedy, heart brake and death. Before this scene Romeo a Montague and Juliet a Capulet get married in secret. However the Montague family and the Capulet family do net get along and have an "Ancient feud" which has been going on for many years. We are told the feud is ancient in prologue of the film. Act 3 scene 1 is set in a public place in the streets of Verona. Even though one of the main characters Juliet is not in this scene, it plays a great influence on what happens to the future of her and husband Romeo. The scene starts of very calm with the cousin of Romeo, Benvolio and Romeos best friend Mercutio, they are aware of the presents of the Capulet's but do not take notice to them. ...read more.

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As act 3 scene 1 continues the rival family of the Montague's the Capulet's arrive lead by the cousin of Juliet Tybalt . Already from act 1 scene 1 we see that Tybalt is a violent character from where he says to Benvolio "what dawn and talk of peace, I hate the word" this shows that he is a very aggressive character and that he is loyal to his family and all for the family war. When Tybalt arrives on the scene mercutio starts to intimidate him. From what we know already Tybalt seems to be the type of person to pick a fight with anybody however when Romeo arrives on the scene he say to Benvolio and Mercutio "peace be with you here Is my man". Dramatic irony occurs when Romeo arrives just after his marriage to Juliet, when he enters the scene he sees there is confrontation between mercutio and Tybalt. ...read more.

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As mercutio dies Romeo sets out on a hunt for Tybalt to get revenge for the death of his best friend. We can see that the death has affected him a great deal because when he finds Tybalt he says to him "either thou, or I or both must go with him" this meaning that he is willing to take Tybalt's life or risk his own for the revenge of Mercutio. Romeo then kills Tybalt and flees from the scene, when the duke fins out what happens instead of sentencing Romeo to death he banishes him from Verona for ever. In this scene many of the main character personalities change for instance Mercutio changed from a comical figure to a serious person. Before he gets stabbed he was teasing Tybalt and trying to embarrass him then after he gets stabbed he changes and then says " a plague o both your houses" ?? ?? ?? ?? Darren Sappleton Year 10 ...read more.

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