Romeo And Juliet Essay

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Evaluate the importance of Act III Scene I to William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” Williams Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” revolves around love, fate and violence to reflect the views on women, men, superiority and marriage in the society during Shakespeare’s time period. This was a time where the status of men dominated to what minor rights women had who were clearly seen as a possession to their husbands of their fathers choice on the assumption that they were ‘pure’. This feminist view can be seen through the fact that Juliet is defiant as she goes against the patriarchy of her family of marrying Paris in order to be with Romeo (the man who she loves). This during Shakespeare’s era would have been seen as highly unacceptable and she would be considered an outcast of the community and possibly ‘impure.’ Therefore, some people may argue that ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is very biased towards its time period expressing most of these factors of feminism, marriage and status. Act III Scene II however, can be interpreted as the most significant point in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ for many key reasons. Firstly, it includes many leading characters in vital situations involving the death of Mercutio, Tybalt and also the exile of Romeo. All these situations symbolise the moment where the play now becomes a tragedy. Up until this moment, the play has been warm and light-hearted however, in Act III scene I, the death of Mercutio and Tybalt eventually reach to a reconciliation of the two feuding families altering the overall spiritual atmosphere of the play. Furthermore, throughout this essay, I will be investigating into the dramatic genre of the Shakespearean tragedy and the techniques used to express certain situations. I will also compare and contrast the two different versions of the play (21st century and 13th century) and how each reflects the impact of Act III scene

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