Romeo and Juliet Act 3 Song Analysis

Romeo and Juliet Act 3 is where the story starts to heat up,more things start to happen and its getting worse.It starts of with a sword fight between two of our “favorite” houses,SPOILER ALERT someone dies,then there’s the feelings of grief, guilt,sadness,suddenly some suicidal thoughts,but then it goes back to our favourite main characters Romeo and Juliet on their marriage and possibly their last day together forever…..Anyways my top 2 songs that I have chosen that I think best fit in for act 3 of Romeo and Juliet are, #1 “Daylight” by Maroon 5 and #2 Man Down by Rihanna.

#1 “Daylight” by Maroon 5:

I chose “Daylight” by Maroon 5 as my number 1 because I think it would have been a perfect song just after their “afterglow” after they consummate  their marriage and before Romeo is banished.

“And when the daylight comes I’ll have to go
But tonight I’m gonna hold you so close
Cause in the daylight we’ll be on our own
But tonight I need to hold you so close.”

Here I am staring at your perfection
In my arms, so beautiful
The sky is getting bright, the stars are burning out
Somebody slow it down

“Marriage night”R&J[1]

The verses reflects upon the story perfectly because In Act 3 scene 3, (even though shakespeare did not show Romeo and Juliet’s wedding night, since they would all have been arrested or punished for putting on a lewd entertainment) they don’t want to accept the fact that when that sun is out, they must say goodbye and part but for the night they just want to stay close, hold each other, not to worry about the day ahead and just care about what’s going on around them.Implying their in their own world now till the sun rises.They both want the time to stop to just enjoy and savor the moment as much as they can before the part.Also making more doe-eyes at each other.

Romeo ends up getting banished out of Verona ,Italy for killing tybalt after challenging him to a fight because he had killed mercutio,he was so blinded by his anger he didn’t know the outcome.Once he’s declared to banishment he doesn’t feel like living because, “There is no world for me outside the walls of Verona, except purgatory, torture, and hell itself. So to be banished from Verona is like being banished from the world, and being banished from the world is death.”(Act 3,sc 3).That’s why he’s savoring his last moments with Juliet because he’s never really going to see her again.”It’s torture, not mercy. Heaven is here because Juliet lives here.”(Act 3,sc 3)”


#2 Man Down by Rihanna:

“I didn’t mean to end his life, I know it wasn’t right
I can’t even sleep at night, can’t get it off my mind
I need to get out of sight, fore I end up behind bars.”

“So I’m bout to leave town, aye uh,

Cause I didn’t mean to hurt him”

“Romeo kills Tybalt” R&J[2]

The song itself is about ,“a song about a girl who committed a murder that she regrets and is completely remorseful about it.”This is a great song for this act because its exactly what Romeo went through, he ended up killing tybalt and ended up feeling the guilt after he did it. In the play Tybalt wants to duel Romeo and when Romeo refuses Tybalt and Mercutio fight. Romeo end up stepping in and because of it ,it leads to tybalt shoving his sword through his arm and into Mercutio and killing him.When Mercutio dies Romeo feels guilty and in his rage (and for revenge) he kills Tybalt.In the Video the girl ends up leaving the location to get away from all of it and the possible punishments ,and that’s exactly what Romeo does he ends up running away from the fight itself ,while Prince Escalus punishes him with banishment after warning him already that if anything happens this would be the result or possible death punishment.






Video #1:MuseRolls’s channel.Youtube.Maroon 5,Daylight.

2012.Web.May 8/9th 2015.

Image[1]:wondersinthedark.Wonders In the dark.”Marriage night”R&J

2014.Web.May 8/9th 2015.

Video #2:RihannaVEVO.Youtube.Rihanna,Man down.

2011.Web.May 8/9th 2015.

Image[2]:Warrior Way Productions.”Romeo kills Tybalt” R&J.

2013.Web.May 8/9th 2015.





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