What sort of mood is there in Act 3, Scene 1?

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kmj23 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

When this scene opens, the mood is both unsettled and agitated. It is a hot day, for example, and Benvolio wants to avoid a meeting with the Capulets because a fight is certain to break out.

Benvolio's fears are soon confirmed. Tybalt, a Capulet, suddenly appears, and the mood quickly becomes tense. Tybalt says he is looking for Romeo but his words prompt Mercutio to touch his sword, a sign that he is ready to fight.

Romeo's arrival does little to alter the tense mood. Mercutio and Tybalt begin fighting and the mood switches to one of violence. Mercutio's death maintains this violent mood: Romeo takes revenge by killing Tybalt.

The mood briefly switches to one of sadness at Lady Capulet mourns the death of her nephew. But, this does not last: the mood grows angry and tense, once again, as the Prince declares that Romeo is banished from the city for the murder of Tybalt.

marysully eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Shakespeare often likes to match the mood of the characters to the weather. At the beginning of the scene, as Benvolio mentions how hot it is, it can be inferred that the young men's tempers are ready to ignite, they are restless, emotions are awhile, youth in hot passions..... No wonder a brawl broke out.

revolution | Student

The mood there was tense, the weather was boiling hot and bloodshed was known to happen as the two feuding families crossed paths in Verona, they were bound to crossed swords. Violence start to ignite and goes into balls of furies as taunts were aimed towards each other. Emotions went wild and tension starts arising, no wonder a mass brawl would happen As the situation there started heating up, they started dueling and ended up with deaths and injuries, causing the unnecessary tragedies to happen

a-b | Student

The mood is very tense. The day is hot, and all know that tempers will flare if Capulets and Montagues see each other in the streets of Verona. Tybalt and Mercutio are especially ready for a fight.