The Importance of Act 3, Scene 1 in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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The Importance of Act 3, Scene 1 in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Act 3, Scene 1 in 'Romeo and Juliet' is very important to the play as

a whole, and has a big impact on what happens in the remainder of the

play. I think this because in my opinion, it is the big turning point

in the play. The sudden and fatal violence in Act 3, Scene 1, as well

as the angry build up to it, serves as a reminder that for all its

emphasis on love, beauty and romance, 'Romeo and Juliet' still takes

place in a world in which notions of honour, pride and status are

always likely to erupt in a fury of conflict.

In Act 3, Scene 1, Tybalt of the Capulets is determined to fight with

Mercutio of the Montagues. Romeo turns up and tries to prevent any

fighting from taking place as he has just married Juliet and does want

any harm to come to either his good friend Mercutio, or his new family

member Tybalt. Tybalt is determined to fight with Romeo, but tells

Tybalt that he loves ‘thee better than thou canst devise.’

Unfortunately, Romeo’s refusal to fight actually intensifies the

violence he was seeking to prevent. Mercutio and Tybalt draw swords

and fight, resulting in Tybalt striking a fatal blow to Mercutio.

Romeo is incensed by this, and all his previous thoughts are forgotten

as he goes after Tybalt, seeking revenge. After a short duel, Romeo

murders Tybalt. Romeo flees, fearing the consequences of his actions,

and after the Prince has assessed the situation, Romeo is banished

from Verona.

Tybalt’s initial anger towards all the Montagues, Romeo in particular,

at first looks quite mindless and unnecessary, but when you consider

certain incidents ...

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...y being recognised as one

of the greatest tragedies ever. I think the reason it’s such a classic

is that it still can be understood and appreciated by young people

today and is still relevant to them, even hundreds of years after it

was first written.

People of today can most certainly still learn from the play and apply

it to their lives. For me personally, it has made me realise that

everyone is individual, and should be able to get what they want,

regardless of what other people think. Also I think its made me not

waste time, because the chance to do something may never come round

again, and you will regret missing a chance afterwards. Overall I do

feel this is one of the all time classic plays, and will probably

still be relevant in another three hundred years, as it can mean so

many things to so many people.
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