Romeo and Juliet - Act 3, Scene 1 : the Fight Scene Analysis

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Romeo and Juliet is one of the most penetrating love stories ever written , and no other love story will ever match up to quite the same standard, but why? Every sentence is filled with some kind of drama, tragedy, emotion and, of course, love. Some of the themes explored in Romeo and Juliet are: tragedy, love, fate and death. Act 3, Scene 1 is a very dramatic scene, and is the turning point of the story; the climactric. It is at this point that everything changes for the worse and starts going downhill. In the previous scene, Romeo and Juliet were married and that tells us that Romeo must be feeling on top of the world right now. But this all changes, faster than a flash of lightning. In this essay, I’m going to analyse what I have…show more content…
This creates a dramatic effect because Tybalt must also be afraid of starting a fight which makes the audience believe that something will happen. When Tybalt speaks to Benvolio and Mercutio, he asks for, “a word with one of you.” But then Mercutio replies back by ridiculing Tybalt and saying, “And but one word with one of us? Couple it with something, make it a word and a blow.” This tells us that Mercutio doesn’t care much for Tybalt and is making Tybalt look like a fool by twisting his words. This is because he is trying to start a fight with him. This also creates a dramatic effect because it links back to what Tybalt said about “mad blood stirring”. The heat would be making Mercutio mad enough to want a fight to start. Tybalt becomes annoyed at Mercutio and replies, “You shall find me apt enough to that, sir, and you will give me occasion.” Tybalt is warning Mercutio that he will gladly do that if Mercutio provokes him, and with reason, Tybalt will give Mercutio a “blow”. As they begin to argue, tension gradually builds up within the audience. Tybalt then tells Mercutio the reason he came in the first place – “Mercutio, thou consortest with Romeo?” Tybalt is merely asking if Romeo is around but “consort” has a double meaning. And Mercutio pretends to be shocked and angry at what Tybalt has asked of
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