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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. Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's most famous tragedies, written in 1597. The story itself was not anything new or different, but the way Shakespeare wrote it was its gateway to its popularity. The original tale of Romeo and Juliet was composed in the form of a poem aptly named 'The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet' which I have found was in itself a translation from a French short story by the 16th-century Italian writer Matteo Bandello. The poem which Shakespeare gathered his inspiration from was first published in 1562 and the story set over a period of four months. Shakespeare's adaptation was placed over four days. This significantly heightens the tension involved in the play as everything happens so hastily. The story itself is about a young couple who met and fell in love despite belonging to feuding families. With the two lovers at the marrying age of fourteen immersed in violence, hatred and hostility the play captivated the audience at the time including Queen Elizabeth I, the protestant queen. ...read more.

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He does not yet know of the secret bonding of his cousin and his enemy and approaches the Montagues with dramatic irony plaguing the scene. When he finds Romeo is missing from the group he tries to negotiate with the Montagues. When attempting to do this he is taunted by Mercutio. The audience know both characters are aggressive and have gathered the hint from Benvolio earlier on in the scene that a conflict is inevitable. Enter a content Romeo. Tybalt, still looking for revenge exclaims "here comes my man" and at that confronts a passive Romeo. Romeo, the new member of the Capulet family obviously does not want a fight so tries his hardest to settle a hostile Tybalt uttering such sentences as "The reason I have to love thee doth much excuse the appertaining rage to such a greeting" and "good Capulet, which name I tender as dearly as mine own, be satisfied". Tybalt does not listen and states that he cannot excuse the injuries "that hast done me", although he cannot actually explain what these so called injuries are. In this part Mercutio hails Romeo's peace keeping as a vile "submission" and is eager for a quarrel to begin. ...read more.

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This is the pivotal part of story, as all that follows this scene is tragedy. In act 3, scene 2 there is a change of setting and atmosphere. The scene is in Juliet's bedroom where she awaits Romeo is quiet and emotional, hugely contrasting with the previous fight scene. Juliet talks about her love for Romeo to the audience in a monologue, illustrating her happiness and serenity. Of course the audience know of the terrible news that awaits her-another use of dramatic irony. Overall act 3, scene 1 is the pivot point of the play. Before it, the play was considered a romance which contrasts heavily with the scenes after this act-a tragedy. This scene not only changes the course of action in the play but it marks a disastrous turning point in Romeo and Juliet's relationship. I believe it also adds to the overall drama in the play. Writing techniques such as imagery and dramatic irony are used to great effect and again increase the play's emotional quality. In this scene alone the amount tension in the audience is significantly high ending up in the death of two main characters, Mercutio and Tybalt ?? ?? ?? ?? Justin McDonnell G.C.S.E English Literature Essay ...read more.

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