Act 3 Scene 1 of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Essay

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Act 3 Scene 1 of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Act 3 scene 1 of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is a very important scene in the play in that it is a turning from where the whole course of the action starts to move in a different, tragic direction. Up to the start of Act 3 the main focus of the action has been the developing love between Romeo and Juliet. From their first meeting at the Capulet ball, through the romantic balcony scene, culminating in their marriage, it would seem that the love is dominating force. At this point in the play the audience feels they are watching a conventional romance in which love will overcome all obstacles, even the conflict between the two households. However there …show more content…

couple it with something, make it a word and a blow”. This shows that he is in the mood for a fight. Mercutio and Tybalt’s conversation is interrupted by the arrival of Romeo. When we last saw Romeo he was at his wedding to Juliet. The audience is hopeful after this, because it finally looks like things are going well between the two of them and it looks like things will turn out alright. As Romeo enters we see that he is the reason Tybalt has come. Tybalt tries to start a fight with Romeo but Romeo tries to talk his way out of it. He uses love related words whilst talking to Tybalt like “The reason that I have to love thee/Doth much excuse thy appertaining rage” and “but love thee better than thou can’st devise”. He also drops a lot of hints about the fact that he is now part of Tybalt’s family, such as “Good Capulet Which name I tender/As dearly as my own”. In response to this Tybalt is not pleased and replies to Romeo with comments like “Thou art a Villain”. Tybalt is also very determined to have a fight with Romeo and uses every opportunity to tell him to “turn and draw”. Mercutio is disgusted at how cowardly Romeo is being through all of this and doesn’t understand why he keeps walking away from Tybalt instead of fighting him. Mercutio is just as

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