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Act 3 Scene 1 Of William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

1301 words - 5 pages

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

In act 3 scene 1 there are two major fights which both result in
deaths, the first fight is between Tybalt and Mercutio, Romeo tries
helping Mercutio by standing in-between Tybalt and Mercutio but
Mercutio gets hurt under Romeos arm, this fight results in the death
of Mercutio.

Romeo then is very angry and upset with Tybalt for killing his family
friend, Mercutio so the second fight comes into action. This fight
shows a side to Romeo we haven’t really seen a side that is violent
and upset the fight results in the death of Tybalt, (Romeos new wives
cousin…)

They depicted fate as a woman with a wheel to which people were
attached, Fate would spin the wheel and depending where you lane
determine your luck, i.e. if you landed at the bottom of the wheel you
would suffer bad luck and if you landed on the top you would have good
luck.

This was a popular belief because it helped explain how at one point
someone could experience good luck and at another could experience bad
luck.

“Romeo and Juliet” are set with bad luck from the very start, when
they first meet they fall in love almost immediately but Juliet is
pulled away by her mother and nurse who absolutely prohibit Juliet
from seeing Romeo. ‘My only love sprung from my only hate! Too early
seen unknown, and known too late! Prodigious birth of love it is to
me, that I must love a loathed enemy’ this show that Juliet has fallen
in love immediately with Romeo, and she knows it is wrong to be in
love with him as he is a sworn family enemy. We can also see that
Romeo is very distraught about her leaving and how they are not
allowed to be together, ‘can I go forward when my heart is here? Turn
back, dull earth, and find thy centre out’ this shows that Romeo feels
the same this shows bad luck for them, but also shows how they have
fallen for each other so quickly.

Bad luck is also shown in act 3 scene 1 when Mercutio is killed under
Romeos arm, ‘ this days black fate on mo days doth depend; this but
begins the woe others must end’ this shows that Romeo feels strongly
about fate and bad luck and knows he has been struck with a lot of bad
luck. Bad luck is also shown in this scene when Mercutio curses the
houses of both families as he dies; ‘help me into some house,
Benvolio, or I shall faint. A plague o’both your houses! They have
made worms meat of me: I have it and soundly too. This shows that fate
is popular and important at this time, it shows that Mercutio knows
he’s dying and can see that two families should be fighting like this
so curses both households to make them realise.

Shakespeare did this to create the idea of fate and how easy fate can
be believed. And how bad luck leads deeper and deeper which is shown
more in this...

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