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Analysis Of Act Three Scene One Of Romeo And Juliet By William Shakespeare

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Analysis of Act Three Scene One of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

The dramatic nature of Act 3 Scene 1 has an increasing effect on the
rest of the play; it is a crucial turning point. The fact that Tybalt
and Mercutio are now dead means that the Prince’s decree will now have
to go ahead. The conflict leads directly out of the elements and
change the course of the play. Romeo is now banned (exiled) – this
means that he will no longer be able to see Juliet. Also, if Romeo had
not have killed Tybalt, he would have been executed as he murdered
Mercutio. However, these events had to take place, because they all
link in with the idea that we cannot control out own fate and that it
is written in the stars. I think that one of the main reasons why Act
3 Scene 1 is such a powerful moment in the play is due to the fact
that it reflects on ‘destiny’. These deaths were not needed yet they
were unstoppable. Throughout the play, a lot of different emotions are
explored, especially in the fight scene and this keeps the audience
gripped. The true extent of pride and ancient family feuds is realised
here – and it shows how situations can suddenly spiral out of control.
This sets the scene for a key point – that the conflict is
dramatically inevitable - that it’s written in the stars. The events,
which occur in this scene, are related to earlier scenes and each
plays an important part in creating this tension.

The Prologue is written as a sonnet, and sonnets were a popular form
of poetry in Shakespeare's time; they were a traditional and respected
poetic form that usually dealt with a theme of requited love. In the
Prologue we are presented with a brief summary of the play. (There is
an ancient feud, the cause of which is not made known, but the result
is a violent and bloody conflict between the two families.) Strangely,
the summary includes mention of the tragic ending. Even though we know
what the outcome of the play will be, we still want things to work out
for Romeo and Juliet. We begin to look for someone to blame... Who is
responsible for this tragedy? It is then that we begin to realise that
the guilt does not rest with any one character. The prologue
introduces us to the key themes explored in the play as a whole. Many
important ideas are introduced here. The phrase ‘star crossed lovers’
is clear within the prologue and this relates to the aspect of fate
and that everything is written in the stars. The stars were thought to
control people’s destinies and the play describes the web of fate in
which Romeo and Juliet become entangled. It is able to prepare us for
the conflict between the families and the ‘star crossed lovers.’

Also, the prologue introduces the idea of ‘anger and hate’ as many
dramatic words play a key role, for example the words ‘rage’ and ‘fatal’.
This foreshadows...

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