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Why is Act 3 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet So important to the play

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Introduction

Why is Act 3 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet So important to the play? Romeo and Juliet was written in Elizabethan times by William Shakespeare. The play is based upon romance but is also a very tragic play. It is about two families, both caughtin a bitter fued, the Capulets and the Montagues. Romeo, a Montague and Juliet, a Capulet fall in love and marry in secret. Juliet's father arranges a marriage for her but cannot go through with it, much to her families anoyance. She drinks a potion to send herself into a deep sleep, going cold and stop breathing so people will think she is dead. Romeo is planned to know she is not dead but finds out differently, he then kills himself. ...read more.

Middle

After some heated comments between Tybalt and Mercutio Romeo turns up and, of course does not wish to fight Tybalt because unbeknown to Tybalt is now related to him (through marriage of Juliet). So Tybalt starts a fight with Mercutio who is mortally wounded under Romeo's arm as he tries to stop the fight. Mercutio promptly dies and Tybalt leaves, Romeo swears revenge and chases after Tybalt and kills him. After this news Prince Escalus banishes Romeo from Verona. Mercutio`s death had dramatically changed the play. The play pivots on the line" O Romeo, Romeo brave Mercutio is dead." The play changes from comedy to tragedy because Mercutio is the joker of the play so when he dies all the jokes also die. ...read more.

Conclusion

After Romeo has killed Tybalt he realises what he has done "O, I am a fortunes fool", he blames his fate. Juliet is also very confused when she finds out what Romeo has done. "And death not Romeo take my maidenhead". Romeo realises he is banished. Juliet is very confused and scared because she has to drink poison to pretend that she is dead because she so does not want to marry Paris. "What if be poison to have me dead". She is scared that what if Friar Lawrence gave her the poison to kill her, because she doesn't quite trust him. So we can see that Act 3 Scene1 is an important scene because it shows where the play changes from comedy to tragedy and its important because characters change. It's also important because Shakespeare changes the language to show the difference in comedy and tragedy. ...read more.

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