Romeo and Juliet - Conflicts at Act 3

Romeo and Juliet - Conflicts at Act 3

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“What art, thou drawn among these heartless hinds? Turn thee, Benvolio, look upon death. This quote tells us that Tybalt has no problem fighting whatsoever. The audience could predict that the conflict will continue after the prince’s speech because in the introduction they tell us that they are long term enemies and it won’t be over just because the prince said so. “If you ever disturb our streets again, your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace”, this quote shows that this is not their first warning. It also means that they will have pay with their lives as a punishment. This makes the audience wonder if there is going to be another fight.

The conflict that occurs in act 3, scene 5 is different from the conflict in act 1 scene 1 because act 1 scene 1 contains violence where as act 3 scene 5 is an argument between the different members of the two households. In this scene, Juliet's mother arrives and, believes that Juliet is crying because of the death of Tybalt rather than Romeo. Lady Capulet tells Juliet that she is going to marry Paris on Thursday. Juliet is shocked and tells her mother that she cannot get married. Her father comes into her room and expects to see Juliet excited but instead she says that she does not want to get married. Lord Capulet’s anger gradually builds up. At first he is calm but then gets furious when Juliet argues with him. He threatens to disown his daughter and then says “hang thee young baggage, disobedient wretch”. The audience in the 19th century would be shocked when they see Juliet arguing with her father. This would be different from a modern audience because an argument between a child and a parent is a common thing.

Act three, scene one begins with Benvolio's speech and Mercutio saying he doesn't care. The Capulet’s then arrive and a fight almost occurs between Mercutio and Tybalt, as they throw insults at each other. Tybalt gets bored arguing and picks on Romeo because he’s the one Tybalt wants to kill. But,...

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