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Act 3 Scene 1 is one of the main scenes in Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet and there are many ways he makes this scene interesting for the audience to watch.

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Write about how Shakespeare tries to make his play interesting for the audience in Act 3 Scene 1 Act 3 Scene 1 is one of the main scenes in Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' and there are many ways he makes this scene interesting for the audience to watch. The most noticeable way he does this is that there are two fights and two deaths all in this one scene. This immediately catches the audiences attention because there is a lot of tension between the two main characters and most people want to know more and why this all started. The audience is immediately made interested at the start of the scene by the sudden change in the mood, two scenes contrast each other. In the previous scene it was filled with love and peace, as Romeo and Juliet had just got married but, Friar Lawrence says 'the sweetest honey is loathsome in his in his own deliciousness' Act 2 Scene 6 line 9 meaning if you really like something lots, you might end up not liking it any more. The play is on a high note and then it switches very suddenly to a atmospheric sense there is going to be a fight 'the day is hot, the Capels are abroad, and if we meet we shall not scape a brawl, for now these hot days, is the mad blood stirring' Act 3 Scene 1 lines 2-4. Here Benvolio tries to warns Mercutio of what might happen but Mercutio changes the mood by dismissing Benvolio's warnings by picking a fight with Benvolio ' Nay, and there were two such, we should have none shortly, for one would kill the other. Thou? Why, thou wilt quarrel with a man that hath a hair more of a hair less in his beard than thou hast:...' Act 3 Scene 1 lines 15-18. From this we can see that Mercutio is an extremely quarrelsome mood, as Benvolio quoted about the humid weather and the possibility of a fight. ...read more.

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He doesn't really mean anything he says and Benvolio doesn't take any offence of the insult, also the audience know this is ridiculous because we have seen him wanting to "keep the peace." Act 3 Scene 1 lines 11-12 "thou art as a Jack in thy mood as any in Italy." Tybalt speaks to Mercutio; the audience can see the difference between them because of the use of languages used from comical to serious, but Tybalt is not really interested in Mercutio because Tybalt doesn't listen to Mercutio says lines 54-56 he goes straight on to talk to Romeo. Mercutio, on the other hand is looking for an argument by twisting Tybalt words. Tybalt use the word 'consort' line 42 meaning a company of hired musicians (like you need some there). Mercutio pick up on the word 'consort' and deliberately misunderstands him and take offence just to start the duel. Tybalt uses the word 'associate' (with or to go around with). Musicians were regarded as lower class servants in Elizabethan times or Shakespeare's day. Mercutio acts as if Tybalt has insulted him, and then draws his sword line 45. Notice how even here, Mercutio cannot resist a joke he pretends his sword is a fiddlestick lines 45 "here's my fiddlestick, here's that shall make you dance." This also relates to the music, like the way the fiddle stick moves and how someone dances (quick and speedy). It is like his looking for a duel. Another thing that makes the scene very interesting is the way Romeo behaves when Tybalt insults him "thou art a villain". Tybalt wants revenge because he thought that Romeo put dishonour to the Capulet's family, when arriving at the ball (party), and wasn't even invited, that is why he insults Romeo. However Romeo bows out of it because of the love for Juliet, he tries to warn them by saying "Tybalt, the reason that I have to love thee doth much excuse the appertaining rage to such a greeting. ...read more.

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He is still joking right up until his last minute of his death. Even though he knows he is dying, Mercutio cannot resist another joke lines 92-95 "so wide as a church door" "ask for me tomorrow, and you shall find me a grave man" this means that he will not be able fit though the door because of his build and that he will be buried tomorrow. "A plague a'both your houses!" Then in his final words, he curses both the Capulet's and the Montages, because between them, they have caused his death "A plague a'both your houses!" repeated in lines 102-103 plague meaning dreadful cruse, they don't necessarily know at the time what is going to happen an example of this is when both families have someone breathe your last breath meaning pass away (Romeo and Juliet). Disease was out of control in the 17th century. Plague was the most feared disease of all: people died of it every year, which had killed nearly one third of Europe's population (20 million people) in the 1300s. Another change of mood occurs when Romeo realises that Mercutio really is dying. The change of mood is as sudden as the first change of mood from Act 2 Scene 6 to Act 3 Scene 1 because Mercutio is joking and messing around so no one on stage knows. To conclude this scene changes everything in every way you can think of, especially at the end the families hate each other more than ever because of the two deaths, one from each family. The mood changes that all times from comical to serious, happy to sad and then anger at the end from the lost of two people. Romeo is banished by the Prince because of Tybalt's death; also Romeo is frightened that he will by no means see Juliet again. There is no hope that the marriage will end the hatred between the two families because they will never see that one child they lost over a childish conflict. ?? ?? ?? ?? 09 November 2007 By Dariene Wootton Page 1 of 3 ...read more.

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