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Act 3 scene 1 is a very important part of the play as it seems to be a turning point in Romeos future

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How does Shakespeare use dramatic devices in act iii sc I of Romeo and Juliet in order to make it such an interesting, exciting and important scene? The play Romeo and Juliet is written by a very famous playwright, William Shakespeare in the 1500's. It is a tragic love play between two young lovers, Romeo who's a capulet and Juliet who's a Montague. Both of the families are enemies and despise each other. Romeo and Juliet fall in love instantly at the Capulets party and they get married the next day in secret. The two lovers both commit suicide on the fourth day of their marriage.The play is set in the Italian city of Verona. William Shakespeare got the idea for this play from a narrative poem. Act 3 scene 1 is a very important part of the play as it seems to be a turning point in Romeos future. In act 2 scene 6 previously Romeo is talking to Juliet about love and marriage with Friar Laurence. The langauge being used is more descriptive and flowerey. ...read more.

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This would have made the audience gasp and fear the worst of what to come. Romeo having just married, does not rise to the bait and says, 'Tybalt the reason i have to love thee Doth much excuse the appertaining rage To such a greeting: villian am i none; therefore farewell; I see thou know'st me not.' He is still very ecstatic from the wedding and is in no mood to fight somebody he sees as a brother. Shakespeare uses dramatic devices to full effect here, with Romeos' descrptive, flowerey laungage at a contrast with Tybalts sharp, short outbursts:- 'thou hast done me; therefore turn and draw.' Romeo is still thinking and speaking of love rather than violence.'I do protest. I never injured thee,' which annoys Mercutio because he won't defend his honour. Mercutio quotes, 'O calm, dishonourable, vile submission! Alla Stoccata carries it away.' He decides to defend Romeo himself. 'Tybalt you rat-catcher will you walk?' Romeo tries to intervene with, 'gentle Mercutio, put thy rapier down', meaning put your sword away. A fight then commences between Tybalt and Mercutio with Romeo weakly attempting to end it. ...read more.

Conclusion

After the ensuring swordfight, Tybalt is fatally wounded and gets carried away. Romeo is full of remorse and pities himself with, 'O, I am fortunes fool.' He seems to think that he is a victim of circumstance and cannot change what fate throws at him. Sadly, this seems to be true in what happens to him from this point onwards. Romeo leaves at the end, forlorn, and the Prince and Lady Capulet arrive. The prince promises 'justice' saying that when Romeo is found 'that hour will be his last'. With these words the audience would know that his fate is sealed, and any hope of a happy ending would be gone. Act 3 scene 1 is definatley a big turning point in the play. It is the most violent and action packed to date and very different to the previous scenes. There are two swordfights and two deaths with shakespeare using visual actions than laungage in previous scenes. The audience would go through a wide range of emotions from anger to excitement (during the swordfights). they would be fearful at the end when the Prince said Romeo's life would come to an end when he was caught. ...read more.

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