How Does Shakespeare Use Language in Act 3 Scene 1 to Develop Character Analysis?

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How Does Shakespeare Use Language in Act 3 Scene 1 to develop character analysis?

This essay is based on how the characters of 'Romeo and Juliet’ change in Act 3 Scene 1. The characters I will be analysing are Romeo, Mercutio, Tybalt and Benvolio.
In the following scene, Tybalt is provoked by Mercutio to begin a fight. Romeo tried to avoid this situation by hinting to Tybalt the reason Romeo refuses to fight him. This leads to the death of Mercutio and Tybalt.

In previous scenes Shakespeare presents Romeo as a defensive character. ‘’I do protest, I never injure thee’. The word ‘protest’ shows us that Romeo has a point and wants to make it clear without Tybalt misunderstanding him! Romeo uses the word ‘never which instantly tells us that Romeo has never harmed Tybalt in any way. He says this calmly but it only makes Tybalt angrier as it only makes him want to prove that Romeo isn’t an innocent sweet guy.

Throughout Act 3 Scene 1, Romeo seems to want to avoid the fight and stop it from occurring. ‘’Tybalt, the reason I have to love thee doth much excuse the appertaining rage’’. Romeo tries to make Tybalt understand that Romeo has to love him and Romeo doesn’t fight the ones he loves. The words ‘have to’ suggest to us that if Romeo wasn’t married to Juliet then he wouldn’t ‘have to’ love Tybalt. Therefore, there could have been a chance that Romeo didn’t have any doubt in fighting Tybalt. This reason excuses Romeo from the fight however it doesn’t excuse Mercutio from the fight which could also be the reason to his death.

In Act 3 Scene 1, Romeo tends to remain calm throughout the fight in this part of the fight, Mercutio is stabbed by Tybalt and Romeo responds to this action by saying ‘the hurt cannot be much’. Romeo uses the word ‘cannot’ which tells us that he doesn’t think Mercutio’s wound isn’t as bad as he says it is. The word ‘cannot’…...

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