English Assignment Speech
Act 3 Scene 1
It would be a huge error if Act 3 Scene 1 was removed in the play. Why? Because if this scene was removed, the battle between Mercutio and Tybalt wouldn’t have occurred and the demise of them both. The drama and conflict it creates would have certainly not happened if the scene was removed. This scene has tragic consequences for Romeo and Juliet’s love, as it marks the beginning of young deaths in the play. Two important characters die in the scene- Romeo’s closest friend Mercutio and Juliet’s cousin, Tybalt. The result of this scene changes the course of Romeo and Juliet’s love. By the end of the scene, there is no redemption for Romeo.
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Overall this scene displays conflict between the feuding families and is what ultimately builds a volatile atmosphere between characters, thus engaging the audiences’ attention. Therefore, this scene is essential in the play. The conflict between Mercutio and Tybalt increases the tension in the play. This is specifically shown in the scene where Mercutio is slayed. The use of a metaphor when Mercutio states, “I am hurt, a plague o’ both your house! I am sped.” This suggests that Mercutio is sick of the conflict between the Capulet and Montague and desires them both to suffer as their conflict is literally killing the society. This builds up tension throughout the play. Thus, it is fundamental in the scene to build a successful play. The idea is furthered through Shakespeare’s use of black imagery when Romeo says “This day’s black fate on more days doth depends, this but begins the woe, others must end.” This foreshadows the consequences of the conflict and suggests that this was destined to happen because the conflict is not right. This also provokes Romeo to want to get revenge on Tybalt shown through his threatening tone: “Mercutio's soul Is but a little way above our heads, staying for thine to keep him company.” This extract clearly shows that Romeo is in trouble and which leads to conflict and will lead...