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The Importance Of Act 3, Scene 1 In William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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The Importance of Act 3, Scene 1 in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Act 3, Scene 1 in 'Romeo and Juliet' is very important to the play as
a whole, and has a big impact on what happens in the remainder of the
play. I think this because in my opinion, it is the big turning point
in the play. The sudden and fatal violence in Act 3, Scene 1, as well
as the angry build up to it, serves as a reminder that for all its
emphasis on love, beauty and romance, 'Romeo and Juliet' still takes
place in a world in which notions of honour, pride and status are
always likely to erupt in a fury of conflict.

In Act 3, Scene 1, Tybalt of the Capulets is determined to fight with
Mercutio of the Montagues. Romeo turns up and tries to prevent any
fighting from taking place as he has just married Juliet and does want
any harm to come to either his good friend Mercutio, or his new family
member Tybalt. Tybalt is determined to fight with Romeo, but tells
Tybalt that he loves ‘thee better than thou canst devise.’
Unfortunately, Romeo’s refusal to fight actually intensifies the
violence he was seeking to prevent. Mercutio and Tybalt draw swords
and fight, resulting in Tybalt striking a fatal blow to Mercutio.
Romeo is incensed by this, and all his previous thoughts are forgotten
as he goes after Tybalt, seeking revenge. After a short duel, Romeo
murders Tybalt. Romeo flees, fearing the consequences of his actions,
and after the Prince has assessed the situation, Romeo is banished
from Verona.

Tybalt’s initial anger towards all the Montagues, Romeo in particular,
at first looks quite mindless and unnecessary, but when you consider
certain incidents that have already happened in the play, and what we
already know about the relationship between the two families, you
begin to understand the reasons for his anger. Tybalt was the first
Capulet who noticed Romeo was at the banquet of Act 1, Scene 5, and
tried to get him thrown out of the party. Capulet does not want to
cause a scene at his party though and does not mind Romeo staying
there. This angers Tybalt even more, and he pleas with Capulet
relentlessly to get rid of Romeo and even goes as far to say, ‘tis he,
that villain Romeo’, which shows the hatred he has towards Romeo. By
the time Act 3, Scene 1 arrives, Tybalt has certainly not forgotten
about this incident, and his anger is carried over into the violence
he shows in Act 3, Scene 1.

In addition to this, there is already the great hatred between the two
families that the audience has already been made aware of in the
Prologue. There is a lot of hate between the families, and Romeo has
given Tybalt the perfect excuse to turn this into violence by
attending the party.

After Act 3, Scene 1, everything happens a lot quicker, and the whole
tone of the play has changed, with the tragedy of...

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