The Importance of Act 3 Scene 1 of William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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The Importance of Act 3 Scene 1 of William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

This scene is pivotal for the whole play. Everything seems to be progressing in success until the dramatic effectiveness from this scene takes effect. These events lead the lovers to their tragic deaths which is previously mentioned in the prologue.

This is the scene where all the problems start to occur and everything starts falling apart. It becomes apparent that it is no ordinary ‘love story’ but more of a struggle to survive through the most difficult situations.

Shakespeare tells the audience what happens to the two star-crossed lovers before they have actually seen the play. This is to create suspense and
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He likes to flirt and tries to touch the sentiments of Juliet. On the other hand-Juliet is a person who is mature in her views. From the beginning to the end of the balcony scene she remains contained and dignified but also manages to show passion towards Romeo.

Before this scene, love seems to be the focus. Romeo and Juliet meet at the party and fall madly in love. “To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.” Although this is first seen as harmless fun and flirting Romeo’s charm is his clever tactic of winning Juliet over. Juliet plays along by responding to him playfully.

She is trying to say that he has placed a sin on her lips by kissing them. Insinuating that he removes it by kissing them again.

Romeo however has no complaints and takes it back “sin from my lips? O trespass sweetly urge!”

This small sonnet that that is shared equally by the two lovers suggests the balanced and humorous nature of their love.

However it seems to be more lust rather than love and the audience do not believe that R & J have deeper feelings for each other. But when the two meet on the balcony, it becomes visible that it is an awful lot more than lust they are experiencing.

In the balcony scene, Juliet declares her undying love for Romeo
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