Analysis of Act Three Scene 1 of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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Analysis of Act Three Scene 1 of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet is a play filled with love, fate, rivalry and tragedy. I am going to be analysing act 3, scene 1, concentrating on how Shakespeare makes this scene dramatic and how it is pivotal in terms of the plays key themes and events.

Prior to this scene we have witnessed the rivalry between the two leading families, Capulet and Montague and the hostility they hold towards one another. Romeo, the son of a Montague, turns up uninvited to a ball at the Capulet mansion where he proceeds to fall in love with Juliet the only daughter of sir Capulet. Juliet returns Romeos affections and hoping they might at last unite the
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It is also a key scene in terms of the plays themes. Violence reaches its peak in this scene with the horrific murders of two leading characters. Love turns to tragedy and fate again rears its head. Mercutio has previously been a source of comedy for the play but with his death we know that the tables have turned. I will be looking at each of these themes in more detail along with how Shakespeare uses foreshadowing, irony and characterisation to make this scene dramatic.

At the beginning of the scene Benvolio voices his concerns of conflict with the Capulets. This is foreshadowing because Benvolio is predicting correctly the confrontation, this unnerves the audience making the scene more dramatic.

"The day is hot, the Capels are abroad,

And if we meet we hall not scape a brawl"

When Benvolio says the day is hot he could also be talking about the moods of the Capulets, as we know that Tybalt is still fuming about Romeo's appearance at the ball and is hot tempered and seeking revenge. This also links to the theme fate because it seems inevitable that there will be a conflict between the families at this point.

Mercutio rejects Benvolio's suggestion to leave the streets, he playfully mocks Benvolio's attempt to prevent an argument by characterising him as extremely quarrelsome.

"Thou wilt quarrel
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