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Pivotal Act Three Essay

860 words - 4 pages

In William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, a pair of star-crossed lovers is pulled away by their families’ rivalry. In the third act, the events and actions of the characters begin to change the outcome of the play. Without the scenes in act three, the play could have a drastically different ending. Romeo getting banished from Verona, Juliet being forced to marry Paris, and Mercutio and Tybalt dying all indicate a turning point in the action of the play.
One of the turning points in the play is when Romeo is banished from Verona. In scene one, Tybalt kills Mercutio under Romeo’s arm. Then, to get revenge, Romeo kills Tybalt. The prince says, “And for that offence/Immediately we do exile him ...view middle of the document...

Juliet later tells Friar Lawrence “Tell me not, Friar, that thou hearest of this/Unless thou tell me how I may prevent it./If in thy wisdom thou canst give no help/Do thou but call my resolution wise/And with this knife I’ll help it presently.” (IV, I, 50-54). This shows that Juliet would rather kill herself than marry Paris. If this marriage was not forced on Juliet, she could have declined. If there was no wedding, the Friar and Juliet would not have had to devise the plan to get Juliet out of the marriage. This plan resulted in death for both Romeo and Juliet. After Romeo and Juliet’s death, the Friar takes responsibility for their deaths because he came up with the plan. “Miscarried by my fault, let my old life/Be sacrificed some hour before his time/Unto the rigor of severest law.” (V, III, 267-269). This proves that the plan was the cause of Romeo and Juliet’s death. Since this plan was made to get out of a second marriage, Juliet’s wedding with Paris has a major effect on the outcome of the play.
The death of Tybalt signifies a turning point in the plot. In scene one, both Tybalt and Mercutio are killed while in a duel (that included Romeo). These deaths indicate just how serious the fued has become; it has gotten to the point where people from both families are being...

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