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Write a detailed critical analysis of act three scene one of the play Romeo and Juliet.

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Write a detailed critical analysis of act three scene one of the play Romeo and Juliet You must consider: - * How the scene relates to other areas of the play * What you learn about the characters and their relationships * The language and it's affect * Production issues which help bring out the meaning of the scene There are several issues that have a bearing on Act three scene one. There is a feud between the Capulets and the Montagues. This feud stems back for several years and now everyone including the servants have become involved. Their involvement is unusual as honour is not theirs but perhaps loyalty is. Their involvement becomes apparent in act one scene one, even they begin to quarrel. The entire families become involved, even old Capulet and old Montague. The feud is the reason for Tybalt's hatred of Romeo. Previously Romeo Montague was spotted by Tybalt at the Capulet house. Tybalt was not permitted to throw him out which left him feeling humiliated. This scene shows Tybalt's hatred, but Romeo willingness to forget until he is provoked to avenge his friend's death. The Prince had issued a decree to stop brawling. Romeo and Benvolio know that the brawling will lead to something serious, in this case, Mercutio's death. The decree clearly stated that anyone caught brawling in the streets, "their life shall pay the forfeit of the peace" this meant that anyone caught fighting would be automatically put to death. ...read more.

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Once Romeo slays Tybalt, Benvolio fears for Romeos life and so begs him to flee. Benvolio hates fighting but is dragged into it by his friends, in all parts of the previous two acts he is consistently warning them of what could happen, and so he could be described as a wimp. Lady Capulet is a haughty woman who only feels for her own losses, she does not care for others, and is selfish. She feels that only her family are the victims and the Montagues should pay for her loss. Her actions towards the deaths show that the depth of the feud affects her to and she too resents the Montagues. The prince is the highest status character in the entire play, and his word is law. He has sympathy for the families, but in his heart he knows justice has been served, because he too has lost kinsman and he knows Romeo was only avenging his friend's death. Probably he wants to let Romeo go unpunished but this would be misinterpreted and so sentences him with exile to Mantua. The Prince is fed up with the fighting. The language in this scene is very important. Shakespeare did not write intricate and complex stage directions so the words used in the play help us decide how the scene should be staged, how the characters are feeling and how the words should be recited. ...read more.

Conclusion

The setting of this scene is in the square of central Verona, the sun is high and the streets are so dry that dust rises from the floor and people are walking in the street, this provides a slight sense of realism to the scene. The characters facial expressions, movement and actions are also important to show the scene and characters mood. During the scene many dialogues with different feelings are exchanged so actions would be different. The beginning of the scene is a section of comedy, so, free movement, smiles and friendly behaviour would be portrayed. When the scene becomes serious and there are areas of fear, the facial expressions and actions should show this. As the dialogue is hard to grasp and understand people need something else to help them understand the story and this shall do so. Finally music is important as it provides suspense and a final sense of emotion to the scene. During the scene certain areas need certain styles of music, for example during the fighting sequence the music needs to be swash buckling music that would be used in sword fighting films such as the Three Musketeers. I feel this scene is the turning point in the play; there are two things to be considered in the play itself. The feud between the Montagues and the Capulets and the love between Romeo and Juliet. In the end the love loses out to the hatred and the deaths of Romeo and Juliet come about establishing this tragedy. By Hanifa Dungarwalla 10J ...read more.

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