The Importance of Act 3 scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

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The Importance of Act 3 scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare There are a number of points and specific aspects to Act 3 scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, that make it an extremely important part in the play. It is a scene of extreme dramatic tension and excitement. A scene of events that would be worthy of recollection by Elizabethan audiences. This is a scene made of intense confrontation resulting in the death of influential characters, Mercutio and Tybalt. Act 3 scene 1 changes the feeling of the play as it turns a tail of romance and love to one of tragedy and despair. The scene allows us to realize to an extent the depth of the hatred between the two families…show more content…
Romeo and Juliet quickly married in secret, thereby giving Romeo a substantial link and relation ship to the Capulet family, the same applying for Juliet. Tybalt still angry at the prospect of a Montague eluding the eyes of the guards at the party, wished to find Romeo and punish him. From here on is where we pick the play up at act 3 scene 1. Before we start our analysis of the scene, we should look into the characters involved and what we know already of their personalities and mentality. To start with I will give a small incite on Benvolio, Romeo's cousin. Benvolio appears to be quite a wise young man, who will provide Romeo with advice when ever needed and generally hopes and works towards the best. In events that lead to confrontations with the Capulets, Benvolio is seen to take on a diplomatic role and tries to stop the worst from happening despite being a Montague himself. Mercutio is a more vibrant character than Benvolio, he tends to mix humour and quite often ironic statements into even the most serious of conversations. He no doubt is an intelligent man yet sometimes allows himself to be dangerously forward in critical situations. Mercutio is neither Capulet nor Montague but instead a member of a royal family and close relative of the prince in Verona. Romeo has a mind similar to that of Benvolio, he is serious and yet easily
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