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Romeo and Juliet - Act Three Scene One - Activity Two

Steph Atkinson | Monday September 21, 2009

Categories: Drama, Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays

This scene of hate and murder contrasts with Romeo and Juliet’s wedding in the previous scene. It marks the point where the lovers’ fortunes turn. The feud between the families runs too deep to be overcome by Romeo and Juliet’s new, ideal love. Despite Romeo’s best attempts to turn away from conflict he is drawn into it. Shakespeare’s skill as a dramatist is displayed as the audience are torn by their understanding of his desire to avenge his friend’s murder, yet we cannot doubt he has committed a crime. Focus here on the language of violence, who says it and what the audience’s reaction would be.

This scene can be divided into the five sections we have done in class. Complete the following table.

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Romeo and Juliet Table.doc

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