Act Three, Scene 1 is important because it is a turning point in the play. We go from the happiness of the marriage of Romeo and Juliet to the deaths of Mercutio and Tybalt. This is the beginning of the tragic end for the young lovers. From this point on, everything will lead to their deaths. The Prince sentences Romeo to be banished from Verona instead of sentencing him to death, as he had said before. Since they are already married, now things get really difficult for Romeo, Juliet, and the Friar. The plan of the Friar depends on everything going right, and of course, that won't happen. Is it fate that causes the messenger of the Friar to be late in getting to Romeo? Is it fate that Romeo dies minutes before Juliet awakens? This scene sets up all of the events that follow in the play.