Scene Analysis – Act 3 Scene 1

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Scene Analysis – Act 3 Scene 1
Act 3, Scene 1 of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ written by William Shakespeare outlines significant aspects within the play, such as the fate or destiny of Romeo and the deaths of Tybalt and Mercutio. I will explore such themes of this momentous scene.

The scene describes Benvolio and Mercutio wanting to retire due to the immense heat of the boiling sun, also implying that hot temperature would tend to create hot tempers! Although before doing so, they encounter Tybalt and his men, Mercutio and the Capulet trade empty taunts, threats and insults to each other but before all hell breaks loose, Romeo comes to restore the peace between them. But now Tybalt is furious towards Romeo and claims he is a villain but Romeo ceases to be provoked as he is now related to Tybalt as he newly married Juliet. Mercutio, annoyed for the fact that Romeo refuses to defend himself, recklessly decides to challenge Tybalt to a fight himself, he falls to Tybalt’s hand resulting in Romeo feeling guilt within himself as Tybalt stabbed Mercutio under his arm. Tybalt’s posse run away alongside him. He returns alone and is slain by Romeo blinded by fury. Prince then arrives and attempts to bring justice to those committing such crimes. The slow scenes of Act 2 dramatically change into intense conflict in this scene. The violent outburst showcased was built up due to the extreme tension between the two houses in previous moments. It is truly a turning point in the play as Romeo slaying his newly married wife’s cousin Tybalt resulted him into banishment just as the ‘forbidden lovers’ ironically had finally started to become closer to one another. The death of Tybalt forced Romeo to reflect upon what just had happened thus it filled him with regret and guilt... The theme of conflict in this scene displays that the play has started to become more of a tragedy genre as earlier it was more of a comedy. The final lines of the character, Mercutio helps emphasise the whole...
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