Explain why Act III scene (i) is important and how Shakespeare makes it dramatic

Act III scene (i) the peak of the play “Romeo and Juliet”. Not only is it the turning point of the play it includes deaths, curses as well as the change in Romeo. This scene is dramatic therefore it engages the audience.First of all there is an ironic change in Romeos character. Romeo turns from a lover to a murderer; he kills Juliet’s cousin Tybalt. This happens when Tybalt assumes Romeo is mocking him by saying “love thee”, however Romeo was not being sarcastic. Another example of Romeos change in character is when he asks himself a rhetorical question “did my heart love till now?” this demonstrates that Romeos emotions has caused him to become impulsive in a way. Furthermore Romeo blames himself for Mercutios death when Shakespeare uses the words “on my behalf”. This makes Rome feel guilty. Guilt leads to rage. “Either thou or I must go” Romeo gives Tybalt no option but death, Mercutio was a friend of Romeos therefore he must fight for honour; an Elizabethan belief.Furthermore in Act III scene (i) covers an additional turning point, from love and honour it turns to hatred and disaster the fight is not only caused by Mercutios and Tybalts misunderstanding but there is frustration and irritation that causes the fight. These are important as they partly cause the fight which leads to the first deaths. Mercutio gets the wrong impression with intent and sarcastically states “here is my fiddlestick”. Mercutio names Tybalt a “rat catcher”, even though he is from a higher class family Mercutio has him very low. Romeo is involved with the fight when he enters for the reason that Tybalt says “here comes my man”, in other words Romeo is the one who he wants to fight. This is an example of dramatic irony.Furthermore pathetic fallacy is used when Benvolio warns Mercutio that ” these hot days, is the mad blood stirring”. Shakespeare makes the scene dramatic when Mercutio says “a plague on both your houses is” which is repeated 3 times. It is a traditional belief that three is a powerful number. Mecutios curse may have even had an effect on the messenger who delivered the message to the friar; the message was not delivered in time therefore the tragic ending had happened. Elizabethans had a strong belief in the idea of the wheel of fortune. The wheel of fortune meant you would be courageous brave and honest until u reached the bottom of the wheel and then u would eventually reach the top again as the wheel turns. “O, I am fortunes fool” this shows us that Romeos change to jealousy and greed carries him to the bottom of the wheel.In Act III scene (i) the audience predicts what is going to happen as Shakespeare makes it noticeable. As the play goes there are more deaths which lead to the tragic ending.

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