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Act three scene one is a pivotal point in the play. It includes tense and dramatic moments. Discuss how Shakespeare orchestrates the outcome of this scene.

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Introduction

Act three scene one is a pivotal point in the play. It includes tense and dramatic moments. Discuss how Shakespeare orchestrates the outcome of this scene. This essay will discuss why act 3 scene 1 is a pivotal point in the play "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare, and how he orchestrates this. The play starts with a prologue that puts the audience in an omniscient position; telling them right at the start that Romeo and Juliet - our "star crossed lovers" - will die tragically. The fact the audience knows makes them want to watch the play even more. It is the same effect that a book's blurb may have on a perspective reader. This idea of a prologue was first used by Aristotle in Greek theatre. The Greeks also shared their beliefs of fate with the people in Shakespeare's time. Seeing the effect it had on an audience, he borrowed it for many of his plays. There was also a play in Greek theatre which shared the story-line of "Romeo and Juliet". This shows that this type of narrative can appeal to people throughout history, the present and will continue to do so in the future, because love, hate and destiny were and continue to be prevalent themes to society. ...read more.

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Tybalt also plays a key role in act three scene one. In his blind fury that Romeo had demeaned his family by showing up at their party, he rushes to find him. This action shows him to be a little stupid; if he had thought about it for a little longer, he would have realised that no Montague would willingly go to the Capulet's household alone. Why then does he not rush after Mercutio and Benvolio too? Throughout 'Romeo and Juliet' Tybalt almost acts as the Capulet version of Mercutio. He too is not afraid, and even quite enjoys, a fight with his enemies. When Tybalt is refused a fight by Romeo, he does not understand his reasons. Why wouldn't he fight? They hate each other. But Romeo boldly declares 'I do protest I never injured thee, but love thee better than thou canst devise.' This is probably one of the worst things he could possibly have said to Tybalt, who probably saw it as Romeo making fun of him. Thus fuelling his anger even more. This eventually cost him his life and Romeo's freedom. However, Tybalt's death achieves only a slight percentage than that of Mercutio's death; his counterpart on the other side of the feud. ...read more.

Conclusion

A play that can make an audience follow it with anticipation will seem more real, therefore making it better to watch. Shakespeare achieves this perfectly. After act three scene one, the audience expect the rest of the play to get faster and faster because all of a sudden in this scene, everything is constantly changing. Shakespeare sets everything up when he gets Romeo banished so that everything else ahead can easily slip into place. It also makes them wonder; if this scene in the middle of the play causes this much pain and sorrow, the ending scene must be worse; making them prepare themselves a little better for the great tragedy of Romeo and Juliet's death. My opinion on act three scene one is that it acts as the perfect 'middle' for the play, giving it a twist and changing some characters personalities - whether it be slightly or dramatically. When it was first written it would have achieved the whole audiences attention completely and still does today, because it includes everything from a minor dispute between friends, to the death of enemies. However even though it is crammed into one small time slot doesn't seem too busy. When I watched the film and when I read the play version of this scene, both mediums grabbed my attention quite quickly and I genuinely felt pity for poor Romeo. Only a great play could do that. ...read more.

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