In this Essay I shall be talking about this very important part in the play, Act 3 Scene 1.
This part in the play show’s a how Romeo’s mood changes from being happy, to being devastated in a very short time.
My aim is to explain why Act 3 Scene 1 is such an important part of the play.
At the beginning of the play we learn that Romeo was deeply in love with someone called Rosaline. He was very depressed because he wasn’t going out with Rosaline, then as soon as he saw Juliet he totally forgot about Rosaline and he got hooked on Juliet.
When he first saw Juliet he thought that she was the most beautiful person in the world, He’d never seen such beauty in all his life.
“O she doth teach the torches to burn bright! It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night…” Romeo used a metaphor in this sentence, because Juliet doesn’t teach the torches to burn brightly, Romeo is actually saying how is so beautiful she is.
When Romeo enters in act 3 scene 1 on line 49, he would come onto the stage quickly, almost skipping because he is so happy, he is so happy because he has just married the girl of his dreams, Juliet. We know she is very special to him, because when Romeo saw Juliet he said;
“Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I never saw true beauty till this night.”
Then he marries her, after convincing father Lawrence that if they get married then their families might stop fighting.
You can see that he is happy from the text when he tries to stop Tybalt from having a fight with him, he says that he doesn’t want to fight him.
“I do protest I never injuried thee, But love thee better than thou canst devise”
he loves him more than he hates him, and so he doesn’t want a fight, and he did nothing to injure him. Then he turns to try and walk away.
Because Tybalt is now trying to attack him, he becomes confused and puzzled, because he doesn’t know what he has done wrong to Tybalt!
“I do protest I never injured thee”
When he say’s this on the stage he would be sounding very scared and alarmed, and he is no longer in the happy joyful mood he was in when he came onto the stage. He is protesting that Tybalt is attacking him because he had done nothing wrong to Tybalt
Tybalt and Romeo are now family, because Romeo married Juliet and Tybalt is Juliet’s cousin, romeo and juliet got married in Act 2 scene 6.
When Tybalt and Mercutio start fighting Romeo tries to be the peacemaker
Romeo’s trying to get Benvolio to draw his weapon to help Romeo to stop his new family member Tybalt and Mercutio from fighting.
“Draw, Benvolio, beat down there weapons”
Romeo is asking Benvolio to try and help him to stop the fight between Tybalt and Mercutio, while he is trying to stop them from fighting, his voice would sound quite intense and forceful, for he is trying to break up a fight.
Benvolio is Romeo’s cousin.
Due to Romeo’s desire for peace Tybalt stabbed Mercutio under Romeo’s arm, when Romeo was trying to stop them from fighting.
“Why the dev’l came you between us? I was hurt under you’re arm”.
When Mercutio is saying this on the stage he is in Romeo’s arms because Mercutio would hardly able to stand. He is saying to Romeo why did you come between Tybalt and myself, I was hurt under your arm. Romeo is now felling very guilty as he has caused his friends death, and if Romeo didn’t try and stop the fight then Mercutio would still be alive. Romeo would have felt very guilty about this.
Romeo’s sadness for his best friends death, changes into anger when he realizes that Mercutio’s murder is still on the loose, and so he needs to avenge his friends death.
“This days black fate on moe day’s both depend, This but begins the woe others must end”
today is a dark day but still another person shall die today.
After he says this Tybalt comes back on the stage looking confident.
When he sees Tybalt, he says that one or both of them will die.
“That late thou gavest me, for Mercutio’s soul Is but a little above out heads, Staying for thine to keep him company: Either thou or I ……”
Mercutio is dead so one of us will accompany him, either you or I, He is now advancing towards him on the stage drawing his sword.
Now Romeo has just realized that what he has done could ruin his relationship with Juliet because he has killed her cousin. Because of what the prince said, if any of the two family’s start a fight again then they will have to die. So on the stage the actor would be sounding worried and in shock.
He says “O I am fortune’s fool” He has had great fortune, until now
In Act 3 scene 1 you see Romeo’s mood change greatly, from him being very happy at the beginning of the scene, because he has married the girl of his dreams Juliet, then he becomes confused and alarmed, because he is getting attacked by Tybalt, then, he becomes upset by his friend’s death was his fault, then he becomes angry because Tybalt, killed his Best friend, then after killing Tybalt, he becomes Devastated because he realized what he has done, he thinks he has ruined his relationship with Juliet, and maybe he will be put to death.