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Introduction

Explore the dramatic impact of act 3 scene 1 Relate the scenes relevant to the rest of the play In the Elizabethan times there was a divide between the rich and the poor. The poor fitted into three categories 'deserving poor' Deserving unemployed' And undeserving poor' - those who turned to a life of crime or who had become beggars. However there were no categories for the rich although access to banquets, feasts, festivals and fairs was limited, based upon which social class you live under. Also, in the Elizabethan times the rules for men and women were different. Only men were allowed to work making them the dominance of the household however, in some families women could work, reasons being: if their family was extremely poor or for some reason the man was incapable of working. For a woman that did work she would usually work as a servant or a maid otherwise she would have to take up prostitution. For a woman that didn't work, she would have to spend her days being subservient to her husband, father or brother. Hygiene was a big issue in those days as it was extremely difficult to keep clean, mainly because there was no running water, which made bathing a luxury even for the richest of families, and because there was no divide in the streets for the rich and the poor, which meant that disease and illnesses were rife. ...read more.

Middle

In my opinion this shows that Mercutio is more than ready for a fight and he knows that this sort of insult will probably get Tybalt to fight him. Then Romeo turns up and as Tybalt was looking to pick a fight with him rather than Mercutio starts throwing insults a Romeo. "Romeo the love that I bear thee can afford no better term than thou art a villain" I think this shows that Tybalt is determined to get what he wants and he isn't going to let a hostile Mercutio stand in his way. Mercutio still persists in provoking Tybalt to fight and eventually it pays off when Tybalt begins to retaliate and eventually draws his sword and starts to fight Tybalt. Mercutio: " Tybalt you ratcatcher. Will you walk?" Tybalt: "what wouldst thou have with me?" Mercutio: "good king of cats, nothing but one of your nine lives." Tybalt: "I am for you" This shows that Mercutio wasn't going to stop until he got what he wanted and Tybalt realised this so he just gave in. While Tybalt and Mercutio steps in between them to yield them and Tybalt 'accidentally' thrusts his rapier into Mercutio's chest Romeo: "hold, Tybalt good Mercutio!" ...read more.

Conclusion

Friar Lawrence enters the Capulet tomb to find both bodies lying on the dusty floor and the next morning announces the tragedy and tells everyone about the secret marriage outside the palace where both families overhear once again an argument breaks out and once again the prince is summoned and gives a speech. Later, both families agree that if one member of their family set aside their differences then the whole family could too and call a truce and recognise the love Romeo and Juliet shared and allow the bodies to be place side by side in the tomb and mourn the death of all of the victims of their rivalry. My conclusion So the Elizabethan times were hard on everyone and holding grudges only made life harder and I feel the moral of this story is not that love will always win by bringing both involved together and let them forget the differences between them but that in the end love will bring everyone together and allow everyone to set their differences aside to celebrate the love of others.I believe the play left people not sad because of the tragedies involved but overjoyed that the death of two lovers let two feuding families unite and and forget any debts that each family feels they are owed by the other ...read more.

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