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Consider how the dramatic impact of act 3 scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet would have affected the audience

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Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet Consider how the dramatic impact of act three scene one of Romeo and Juliet would have affected the audience Act three Scene one has a major impact on the flow of the play, up to this point the play has been of the romantic genre, but Shakespeare chooses this moment to decisively change the plot from romantic, to a tragic one. The cause of this is the exile of Romeo by the Prince. This would have come as a major shock to the audience as Romeo and Juliet have just got married, setting up that they were going to have a generic ending of "happy ever after". The play had just reached a balancing point, and exile of Romeo causes the play to lose equilibrium. The best way to understand the play is to know the characters and plot so I will give a brief description of each character, the role this character plays and the influence this character has on the other characters: The plot of this scene is as follows: Mercutio and Benvolio are having an argument. This is a strong contrast to the peace and serenity observed in the previous acts this would make the audience aware that something was going to happen and build a sense of tension and foreboding with phrases like "these hot days are the mad blood stirring" implying heat, anger and passion, the meaning of this particular phrase is that the heat of the days is making everybody in Verona irritable and more likely to fight. Shakespeare also uses this line to use sensory imaging the image of blood and the feel of heat both strong negative, almost ominous images. A stark contrast from the prior acts, jokes and joviality. This would make the observer, from the start, begin to think that something was about to happen. Then the two close friends Benvolio and Mercutio were squabbling which suggests they are irritable and willing to argue and fight. ...read more.


Mercutio shows he is funny to the end when Benvolio asks how he is hurt he says it is only a scratch, like the scratch of a cat, the scratch of Tybalt. You must consider at this point how Romeo feels if he hadn't interfered maybe Mercutio wouldn't have been wounded he may have even defeated Tybalt. Also the impact of this on the audience would have been huge, they were expecting for the hero to get the girl, and Mercutio to kill Tybalt but something has gone wrong and the balance of the play up to this point has been cast asunder. Romeo tries to assure himself by telling Mercutio that "the hurt cannot be much" he is saying this to himself as much and he is to Mercutio to assure himself Mercutio is going to be alright. Mercutio is rightfully angry with Romeo and says "Not as deep as a well nor so wide as a church door but tis enough twill serve" this shows that he knows he is going to die. And makes a further joke of it, "to-morrow" "find me a grave man" making use of the double meaning of grave. He then goes on to call Tybalt a stream of names including a cat and others Tybalt has used in the act against others. The penultimate thing Mercutio says is that Tybalt fights "by the book of arithmetic" almost questioning his own comment because of Tybalt's dastardly method of wining. Finally he turns to Romeo and confirms his fears. "Why the devil you came between us, I was hurt under your arm!" this means he thinks he would have had a fair chance in the fight despite Tybalt's renowned dexterity with the rapier. And also implies that it was Romeos fault. Romeo says that he "thought all for the best" meaning that he did not mean for Mercutio to become hurt. ...read more.


Lord Montague says "but what the law should end the life of tybalt" meaning, the law would have had tybalt executed anyway, so romeos rage driven murder should count as tybalys execution. It is natural justice The prince is swayed By Benvoilo and Lord Cappulett. And exiles Romeo instead of executing him " and for that offence, Immediately do we exile him hence. He then says "my blood for your rude brawls doth lie a bleeding." Meaning that due to their fuede his family has been hurt. "Repent the loss of mine" means that because mercutio is dead and he will never see him again. The two feuding family must pay the same fate the Capulets will nevet see tybalt for he is dead and the montages will not see romeo for he is exiled. Finaly he says "mercy but murders, pardoning that kill" meaning if you kill romeo you will cause more death, the judgement from act 1 scene 1 still stands. They all leave. Personaly I think this is the most Dramatic scene in the entirety of the play. This is the part where romeo Is exiled and the play is shifted from a romantic comedy to a tragic romantic. And sets into swing the seris of events that cause the deaths of romeo and juliet and sealing the fate of the rest of the cast. This is also the scene where also the loss of mercutio the main driving force of humor in the play means that the humor is very unlikely to return. This is undoutebly the most captivating of all from this masterpiece with the protaginist being supplemenated to many pressures causing him to change irriparably. Finaly I think the effect this scen would have on the audience is a great one at the point before the scene the play was at a point of balance and this scene violently disrupts that balance, captivating the audience and dragging them to the edge of their seats. Oliver Flint, Romeo and Juliet Coursework 1 ...read more.

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