The Importance Of Act 3 Scene 1 In William Shakespeare's Plays

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The Importance of Act 3 Scene 1 in William Shakespeare's Plays

Shakespeare has written other tragedies before Romeo and Juliet, these
included Titus Andronicus and Richard III, these stories had plots of
the usual pattern for tragedy. There are some differences in ‘Romeo
and Juliet’ compared to other tragedies because the heroine was
important as well as the hero, it was not about classical figure, it
was about love. Professor Levin said that Romeo and Juliet was an
‘anti-revenge’ play, what he meant by this was that the two families
usually should want revenge which they do, but, Romeo and Juliet
don’t. Romeo and Juliet had been created in the 16th century. It was
written during a time where the people of England were unsure as to
who would succeed Queen Elizabeth. There were many rival factions
within the country who were prepared to fight for the crown if and
when Queen Elizabeth died so Shakespeare wrote a play that would
highlight the fears of his audience. The most obvious genre for this
play has to be Romance. It was about two young lovers, which their
troubles led them to their death.

In Act 2 scene 6, Shakespeare has made the atmosphere of the play cool
and calm where Romeo and Juliet are happily getting married in the
church. Act 3 scene 1 becomes very dramatic to the audience, as the
contrast between the two scenes is very different. Act 3 scene 1 is
located in the hot and busy streets of Verona, this is where the
public is as Shakespeare has told us clearly in the stage directions.
“Verona. A public place.”

The way Shakespeare has made it dramatic is by going from a cool, calm
and happy atmosphere to a hot and busy atmosphere ideal for tempers to
fly. Benvolio, “I pray thee good Mercutio, lets retire, the day is hot
the Capulets are abroad.”

Benvolio pleads to Mercutio to get out of Verona Square; the Capulets
are around and if they were to stay something bad may possibly occur.
This reminds the audience of what the Prince said in his warning to
both the families. “If ever you disturb our streets again your lives
will pay the forfeit of the peace.” Mercutio feels as if Benvolio want
to flea, Mercutio at this point is willing to be brave and honours the
Montague’s so much that he wants something to start up. This makes it
dramatic for the audience as the reason why Benvolio wants to flee and
get out of the situation is due to the Prince’s warning. Any more
disturbances from the families, their lives will pay the forfeit.

In the opening of Act 3 scene 1, the two characters Benvolio and
Mercutio are having a verbal argument. The conversation first starts
when Benvolio wants to retire and get out of Verona “ For now these
hot days is the mad blood stirring.” Benvoilio is a peacemaker, he
doesn’t want anything to do with the Capulets, he does not want a
fight....

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