Similarities Between Romeo And Juliet Act 3 Scene 1

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Act 3, Scene 1 begins with Shakespeare telling us it is a hot day this suggests everyone is feeling hot, tired and bothered. Benvolio recommends to Mercutio that they should have a rest in an area sheltered from the sun, he also points out that members of the Capulet household are out in the streets, "And if we meet we shall not scape a brawl." Mercutio however would rather stay outside and responds with his good-natured humour. Tybalt then appears in search of Romeo, he is determined to fight Romeo. Romeo on the other hand is determined not to fight Tybalt "love thee better than thou canst devise, till thou shalt know the reason of my love." Mercutio is outraged when Romeo does not respond to Tybalt's abuse, and draws his own sword to fight…show more content…
The prince listens to Lady Capulet who wants Romeo killed "Romeo slew Tybalt, Romeo must not live." Prince Escales comes to the decision Romeo will not be killed because Tybalt slew Mercutio first so therefore Romeo is banished from Verona under pain of death, "Let Romeo hence in haste, else, when he is found, that hour is his last." Act 3 scene 1 is a very important scene in the play; it is the pivotal scene of the whole play and is greatly linked to act 5 scene 3. A very effective way that Shakespeare uses to create tension in the audience is to use a dramatic irony, where the audience knows something that the characters do not. This is used in the previous scene when Romeo and Juliet marry in secret by Friar Lawrence. The language used in this scene is also very important and is linked to the character development of Romeo and Mercutio. Mercutio went from being a light-hearted comical person, 'one word with one of us"... Make it a word and a blow'. His attitude is the complete opposite once he is injured by Tybalt 'a plague a both houses'. Romeo went from being a very romantic soft-hearted person and not reacting from Tybalt's threats and pleading not to fight 'good Capulet, which name I tender as dearly as my own, be satisfied'. After Tybalt injured Mercutio, Romeo's attitude also changed, he became a hard-hearted killer full of 'fire eyed fury'. Romeo then brutally kills
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