The Importance Of The Fight Scene In William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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The Importance of the Fight Scene in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

1\Introduction

The fight scene in "Romeo and Juliet" is a very important set piece.
This scene is very much used be "William Shakespeare" as a way to
connect to the reader viewing it. He tries to allow the reader to have
mixed emotions. Some of the emotions the fight set piece is trying to
display are Hate, Horror, Excitement, fear and tension. The reason why
the reader feels these emotions are because there are many points in
the fight scenes where the main character could have and almost does
get killed.

The context of this set piece is very much heading towards the
dramatic time in which "William Shakespeare" wrote "Romeo and Juliet"
(1595). This is because the why that all the characters would carry
swords around with them and it was seen as the norm. There are many
things that make us accept this. One is the way that Mercutio calls
his sword a "Fiddlestick".

The main reasons which make us anticipate the fight between Tybalt and
Romeo; one thing is that Mercutio shouts before he dies:

A plague on both your houses.

Three times and this really changes the mood of the scene. Also Tybalt
returns and taunts Romeo about Mercutio's death.

2\"William Shakespeare" sets this scene at the beginning to really
make the reader sense that there is going to be s fight of some sort
between the Montague and Capulet. He does this by having the
characters saying things like:

And if we meet, we shall not 'scape a brawl

For now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring

This concludes to us that Benvolio is anticipating a fight. But
Mercutio seems to ignore this with witty puns and play on words.

Thou! Why,

Thou wilt quarrel with a man that hath a hair more

Or a hair less in his beard than thou hast

And this means that Mercutio is saying to Benvolio that, he will fight
with anything or anyone about anything. By this time the reader is
sure about the fight, because Romeo has just got married to Juliet and
is yet to tell Tybalt.

3\The two characters Mercutio and Tybalt have very different
personalities and also act in very different ways.

The two are very good swordsmen and are considered Duellists.

One the one hand Mercutio is a witty person who puns a lot and the
people around him enjoy his company but may not understand what he is
feeling. Mercutio is one of the most unique characters in
Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet". His language is always powerful and
imaginative. He represents many different things in the story and
holds an important role. Where as Tybalt, will find it a rare occasion
that he tells a witty joke of any sort and often seems very serious.
His appearance also seems to show off a strong and bigger body that
Mercutios'. He is also a very willing duellist....

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