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What are themes in "Romeo and Juliet" Act III, Scene 1?Explain what themes...

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Posted September 15, 2008 at 1:22 AM via web

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What are themes in "Romeo and Juliet" Act III, Scene 1?

Explain what themes arise in this scene. Why are they important? Use quotes if possible. Thank you.

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 15, 2008 at 2:49 AM (Answer #1)

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Several themes begin to come together in this scene. When Tybalt challenges and insults Romeo, his new love has causes Romeo to behave differently. He tries to get out of the fight by saying, “I do protest I never injured thee, But love thee better than thou canst devise.”Thus, Shakespeare sets the theme of love against the theme of revenge. But when Romeo’s ends up killing Tybalt , it is also turning point of the play. The theme of fate reappears. Because of this act, Romeo will be banished, and there is no chance that he and Juliet will be able to reveal their marriage to their feuding parents. After the murders take place, the circumstances of the lovers is really out of their hands. Fate has carried theme to an untenable situation.

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