Shakespeares “Romeo and Juliet ” is a romantic tragedy. It is about two teenagers who fall illegally in love. They are the son and daughter of capulet and montague. The capulets and montagues are enemys from an ancient feud. Romeo and juliet get married in secret but cant be together. There are problems ahead so they commit suicide to be together. Romeo and Juliet is set in Fair Verona.
The general themes of the play are conflict, violence, romance and tragedy. These themes are noticable in each scene.
Shakespeare uses the weather to create the mood and atmosphere at the start of the scene. When the atmosphere is calm and peaceful baz luhrman makes the weather warm and sunny but when the capulets and montagues get toghether and start fighting the weather turns stormy. This technique is called pathetic fallacy.
” I pray thee, good Mercutio, let’s retire, the day is hot, the Capulets abroad, and, if we meet, we shall not scape a brawl; for now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring”.
These words immediatley remind us of the theme of conflict and threat of violence.
This scene links with previous scenes in the play. It links with the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets because in Act 3 Scene 1 the Montagues are ready to have a public brawl if the meet with the Capulets. In a previous public brawl the Prince warned them that if the had another public brawl they would pay with their lives.
The use of dramatic irony is great in this scene because when Romeo refuses to have a fight with Tybalt as they are now family even though Tybalt doesnt know it, we know that Romeo will later be after Tybalts blood. The contrast between the diologue of Romeo with Tybalt before Mercutios death ” I do protest, i never injured thee, but love thee better than thou canst devise, till thou shalt know the reason of my love: and so, good Capulet,–which name I tender as dearly as my own,–be satisfied.” and the language of hate he uses later on ” Now, Tybalt, take the villain back again, that late thou gavest me; for Mercutio’s soul Is but a little way above our heads, staying for thine to keep him company: either thou, or I, or both, must go with him.” , is great.
This scene affects the audience because there is a mixture of love and hatred in the scene and we as an audience can see this. Act 3 Scene 1 is the turning point of the play as we now know that Romeo is in trouble and if he is caught he will be executed but at the same time he wants to be with Juliet. “And for that offence immediately we do exile him hence: I have an interest in your hate’s proceeding, my blood for your rude brawls doth lie a-bleeding; but I’ll amerce you with that you shall all repent the loss of mine: I will be deaf to pleading and excuses; nor tears nor prayers shall purchase out abuses: therefore use none: let Romeo hence in haste, else, when he’s found, that hour is his last. Bear hence this body and attend our will: Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill.”. These words of the Prince at he end of the scene intrest the audience as it createes an atmosphere of suspence as we want to know what is going to happen next. i think this scene is an important part of the play because it determinds the ending of the play and what will happen in the scenes to follow.