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Act 3 Scene 1 Is A Major Turning Point In The Play "Romeo And Juliet"

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The reason behind why Act 3 Scene 1 is a major turning point is mainly because it alters the course of events and changes an entirely new route of the play, a death of two major characters. Structurally, this particular scene is in the middle of the play, but more importantly, there is a dramatic change in the atmosphere. Because of Romeo's change of attitude and his exile, the romantic love of Romeo and Juliet clashes and they become desperate which also makes a huge difference and affects the following scenes later on in the play.The atmosphere at the beginning is very tense and Benvolio feels nervous and stressed. He senses that if the Capulets come, a fight would most certainly start. ...view middle of the document...

Shakespeare emphasizes this event with Romeo saying a soliloquy:'O sweet Juliet, thy beauty hath made me effeminate, and in my temper softened valour's steel.'After Mercutio's death, there was a sharp pang of guilt, because he knew that his death was not meant for Mercutio but for him, so if he had fought at first, he would not have to owe him his life and he might not even get killed. Romeo describes how love had overtaken his bravery and blinded him until the death of Mercutio and wakened him back to his senses. Also, many problems and complications occur in the middle because it gives the audience a contrast between the start and the end.After Mercutio's sudden death, Romeo's senses start to rush back into him, making an abrupt change of mood towards Tybalt. He blames himself for Mercutio's death and he feels that Juliet's love and beauty had blinded him and dishonored his family's name by not fighting. He takes revenge on Tybalt:'...fire-eyed fury be my conduct now!'The use of alliteration in 'fire-eyed fury' emphasizes his strong hatred, anger and revenge in his voice. The staging for this part of the scene is very important because it delivers a strong message to the audience, however, having Romeo slightly over Tybalt would show his determination and his enraged emotions during he fight. When Tybalt falls to his death, Romeo describes himself as a 'fortune's...

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