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Discuss how Shakespeare creates dramatic impact in Act 3 Scene 1.

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Discuss how Shakespeare creates dramatic impact in Act 3 Scene 1. The play "Romeo and Juliet" is a tragic yet romantic play written by William Shakespeare, in the 16th century in London. The play would be performed in the globe theatre on the banks of the Thames River. The play "Romeo and Juliet" is the story of two families engaged in a ferocious hatred for one another. A Montague and a Capulet fall in love with each other in the form of Romeo and Juliet. This play tells the story of how the two lovers meet and how horrifically it ends. The scene I will concentrate on is Act 3 Scene 1 where Tybalt and Mercutio fight to the bloody end. Tybalt loses and meets a painful end at the point of Mercutio sword. Romeo then revenges the death of his friend by killing Mercutio. Romeo is later exiled by the prince and is told never to return to Verona. ...read more.

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In line 39 it is clear that Tybalt is looking for Romeo to seek revenge for him turning up to the masked ball uninvited. It seems ironic that Romeo should enter on that line. Romeo refuses to fight Tybalt and professes love for him. The audience know that this is because he has fallen in love with Juliet, Tybalt's cousin. Shakespeare uses dramatic irony here to create suspense. Tybalt believes that Romeo is saying that he loves him as a joke which just angers him further. In lines 70-75 the tone of voice that Mercutio and Romeo adopt creates dramatic contrast. Mercutio is up for a fight "Will you pluck your sword out of his pilcher by the ears?" but Romeo does not wish to fight "put thy rapier down". Mercutio's language means that a duel is inevitable with Tybalt. The duel ends with the death of Mercutio and his curse being placed on the Montague's and Caplet's in line 97. ...read more.

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It lets the prince know what has happened so far and slows down the action. The prince is a symbol of calm and order; he only arrives when chaos brews in the town of Veronica. This image of the prince shows Shakespeare's belief in the order of being. This scene uses many dramatic techniques to bring it to life. The many entrances and exits create a busy feel. The use of tragedy and humour side by side creates a turbulent atmosphere. This scene is a critical scene as it sets scene for an inevitable conclusion. Things start to go wrong for Romeo and Juliet from this point on. The scene creates a suspense and tension by creating dramatic expectation and irony. Act 3 Scene 1 creates irony by letting the audience know what the characters don't. Besides the emotions of love and hatred the whole scene is filled with ideas of revenge such as Romeo's response to Tybalt killing Mercutio. Tybalt's death then leads to Lady Capulet seeking revenge on Romeo from the prince of Verona. I think this is a good fast action-packed and multi layered scene that leaves the audience wondering what will happen next. ...read more.

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