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why is act 3 scene 1 so crucial to shakespears romeo and julliet

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Why is Act 3, Scene 1 is crucial to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet The play Romeo and Juliet is an epic love story, with tragic consequences.The themes of the story are based on love, hate, honour and desire. The two main characters, Romeo and Juliet, are from opposing families, between whom a long war of honour has been raging. Gang culture is very much alive in this play, as it is human nature to protect what is yours. This has caused the loss of many lives. The play, written in Elizabethan times, informs the audience of what is going to happen by using the prologue. It gives you a summarised description of the play and informs the audience of what the story line has been before they see the play so as they do not feel confused about what may be happening. This leaves the audience expecting swords to be shattered and hearts broken. It also keeps the audience in anticipation; waiting for signs that this will happen. This happens during Romeo's premonitions of the future. Act 1, Scene1 is crucial as a starting scene, as many of the main characters of the play are introduced in this scene. ...read more.


Whilst Tybalt is still fuming, the protagonist, Romeo, spots Juliet over the floor and instantly falls in love with her and forgets about Rosaline. They quickly fall in love and Romeo asks Friar Laurence, an old friend of Romeo's to marry them. He does this reluctantly and warns Romeo of the consequences, but marries them because he thinks it will end the families feud "In one respect I'll thy assistant be; for this alliance may so happy prove, to turn your households' rancor to pure love." The friar does this as he thinks it will be the best for everyone, he does not do it for selfish reasons, but thinks of the city and how many lives maybe saved from the war between the families stopping. We then go to Act3 Scene 1 where this essay focuses on. At the start of Act 3 Scene1 we see Benvolio saying about it being a hot day and capulets are probably out and if they meet they shall not escape a brawl "The Capulet's are abroad and if we meet we shall not 'scape a brawl". ...read more.


Tybalt thinks he has only wounded Mercutio with the slightest scratch and runs away afraid of what the prince will do after what he said after the last brawl. After Mercutio dies Romeo chases Tybalt down and fights him killing him and taking revenge for his friend's death. The prince is astonished there has been a brawl after what he said after their last fight and rather than carry out his threat of there life forfeit he exiles Romeo and banished him from the city. The fact that the audience know of Romeo and Juliets marriage and yet Tybalt does not and the fact that the audience know there will not be a happy ending and that the characters do not is called dramatic irony. After act 3 scene1 Romeo is exciled and Ffriar Lawrence and Juliet hatch a plan to get them back together and for julliet to not have to marry Paris. This is the start of the demise of the "two star crossed lovers" and their tragic deaths in which they take their own lives. Written by Daniel Owen ...read more.

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