Sample Essay

The rising action is the shaving contest between Sweeney Todd and Adolpho Pirelli, which is judged by the villain, Beadle Bamford (an aid of evil Judge Turpin). Todd wins the contest and invites Beadle and Judge Turpin for a shave at his parlor. However, circumstances don’t allow him to take his revenge; Anthony and Todd’s daughter fall in love, at this point Judge Turpin commits Johanna to asylum.

The play reaches its climax when Todd invites Turpin to his saloon using Johanna as bait. Bamford also at the same time comes to check on this strange odor that has been spreading in the town and the mad women, who has been nagging Todd all along also enters the scene. Todd kills all three of them and throws their bodies in the burning furnace. This is the climax of the play as Todd apparently achieves revenge.

The falling point comes with realization that the mad woman whom Todd himself has killed is none other than his own true love and wife. In return for her betrayal of trust and lying to Todd about his wife’s death, Todd kills Mrs. Lovett.

The resolution of the play is that Tobias, who cares and had solemnly promised to take care of Mrs. Lovett, kills Todd and when Anthony and Johanna bring policemen with them, they find Tobias mincing Todd in a meat grinder.

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