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Act 3, scene 1 is a dramatic high point of the play, after which it has to be a tragedy. Show how Shakespeare makes this scene dramatic for the audience.

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Act 3, scene 1 is a dramatic high point of the play, after which it has to be a tragedy. Show how Shakespeare makes this scene dramatic for the audience. Shakespeare has written other tragedies before Romeo and Juliet, these included Titus Andronicus and Richard III, these stories had plots of the usual pattern for tragedy. There are some differences in 'Romeo and Juliet' compared to other tragedies because the heroine was important as well as the hero, it was not about classical figure, it was about love. Professor Levin said that Romeo and Juliet was an 'anti-revenge' play, what he meant by this was that the two families usually should want revenge which they do, but, Romeo and Juliet don't. Romeo and Juliet had been created in the 16th century. It was written during a time where the people of England were unsure as to who would succeed Queen Elizabeth. There were many rival factions within the country who were prepared to fight for the crown if and when Queen Elizabeth died so Shakespeare wrote a play that would highlight the fears of his audience. The most obvious genre for this play has to be Romance. It was about two young lovers, which their troubles led them to their death. In Act 2 scene 6, Shakespeare has made the atmosphere of the play cool and calm where Romeo and Juliet are happily getting married in the church. ...read more.

Middle

Both Mercutio and Tybalt are spoiling for a fight and this is the point where the audience are satisfied that a fight is going to take place. Mercutio and Tybalt start fighting and as Romeo tries to break up the fight, he gets in-between the two and gives Tybalt the opportunity to go for the fatal blow. Stage directions explain this happening, "Tybalt under Romeo's arm thrusts Mercutio in" The verbal fight between Mercutio and Tybalt earlier on the scene later becomes physical when Mercutio draws his sword. Romeo at this point is aware of the consequences if the fight continues so he intervenes between them. "Gentle Mercutio, put thy rapier up." This is also the point where the tension between them has become even more powerful. Romeo backs up his plea with a reminder of the Prince's warning, "The Prince expressly hath forbid this bandying in Verona streets." Romeo's desperation to stop the fight is seen when he asks Benvolio for help to beat down their weapons. "Draw, Benvolio, beat down their weapons. Gentlemen, for shame, forbear this outrage" Romeo gets between the two and "Tybalt under Romeo's arm thrusts Mercutio in." Tybalt mortally wounds Mercutio. This is truly the dramatic high point of the play as the consequences are far reaching. The audience now know that the play from now on has to become a tragedy. ...read more.

Conclusion

This emphasizes Act 3 Scene 1's importance. Juliet's soliloquy strikes the audience as an important piece of dramatic irony as she wishes the day away in order to speed up her seeing Romeo again, when the audience know that Romeo is to be banished. Act 3 scene 1 is clearly the dramatic high point of this play, this is created in many ways through Shakespeare's exceptional ideas; he has cleverly used dramatic irony that takes place many times during the play in order to increase the audiences anticipation, this also creates the suspense. The audience feel as though they are partially involved with the play and this is how Shakespeare keeps his audience interested. In addition, Shakespeare puts the high point right in the middle of the play; everything up to this point is comedy and everything after it turns into a tragedy. By putting two contrasting scenes either side of Act 3 scene one, Shakespeare has effectively increased and decreased the pace of the scene and inevitably increases the tension to the build up of the dramatic high point. The stage becomes busy many times during the scene to create a chaotic atmosphere, this leads to the tension building up and for the audience it becomes exceptionally hectic. I think the way Shakespeare has played with Romeo's outcome happens to be very touching for the audience as they feel Romeo has been particularly hard done by. Mercutio's last words reflect on what happens after his death, nothing but a tragedy. "A plague O both your houses" ...read more.

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