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Why is Act 3, Scene 1 such an important turning point in Romeo and Juliet?

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Why is Act 3, Scene 1 such an important turning point in Romeo and Juliet? In this essay I am going to show how the character of Romeo changes throughout the play especially in Act 3, Scene 1 and how what happened affects the rest of the play. The main characters, Romeo and Juliet are teen lovers from feuding families. The play itself was written and performed at The Globe theatre, London, In and around the year 1595. Though Shakespeare wrote the play, his inspiration came from two sources: 1. A tale told by Xenophon of two young lovers that are separated and the young girl is forced into an arranged marriage but takes a potion to fake her death and, eventually, her and her lover are reunited. 2. A poem by Arthur Brook, "The tragicall historye of Romeus and Juliet" in which the plot is very similar to that of Shakespeare's play, the main difference being Romeo and Juliet was set over four days and the poem was set over nine months. ...read more.

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Mercutio is angry at Romeo and finds him dishonourable not to fight for his family, so decides to fight Tybalt himself. Tybalt and Mercutio Fight, and Romeo tries to stop the fight but whilst standing between them, Mercutio is murdered under Romeo's arm. A dying Mercutio then, blaming both families for his death, Curses both families, Romeo's and Tybalt's. "A plague on both your houses!" These words are very dramatic, he is wishing death and destruction on both his friends and enemies. He realises how stupid the feud is and how it has shed so much blood and brought about so much death on both sides. Romeo then "sees red" as Tybalt has murdered his best friend. He is angry and wishes to avenge his dear friend "This days black fate on moe days doth depend; This but begins the woe others must end" He sees that the future will depend on this day and that others must end this feud. ...read more.

Conclusion

Romeo's slaying of Tybalt has many consequences, one leading to another. His exile meant that though he had only just wed Juliet, he must already split with her. Juliet is deeply grieved at this, so to cheer her up from Tybalt's death (which is what her family think is wrong with her) her father arranges for her to marry Paris. Friar Lawrence gives Juliet a drug that will help her escape by making her family think she has died, the only problem being that Romeo does not hear this and believes she is dead. He buys poison goes to her deathbed and kills himself, where Juliet finds him once she has woken up. Distraught at finging her true love dead by her side, she then takes Romeo's sword and stabs herself. The best thing that comes out of the death of the two young lovers, both families are able to see the futility of their feud and are able to set aside their differences to live peacebly along side each otherto prevent any further blood shed. Rebecca Stratton - 1 - Romeo and Juliet Course work ...read more.

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