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Discuss the dramatic significance of act 3, scene 1 of romeo and juliet.

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Introduction

Romeo and Juliet, one of the most famous love stories ever written. It is a typical love story, girl meets boy, and they like each other, but they had distinctive troubles, as their families were feuding, thus they are unable to see each other. In this play though, there is a difference, it has dramatic significance. Dramatic significance is when the play has depth and meaning, which influences the rest of the story. Romeo kills Juliet's cousin, Tybalt, which results in Romeo being banished from Verona. This scene is the turning point, as it affects many things later on in the play, i.e. Juliet kills herself as she cannot see Romeo any more. I will be, in my essay explaining the dramatic effects of language, themes, characters and their actions, historical and social context, dramatic devices and finally audience response in Act 3 Scene 1. This play isn't an original idea, Shakespeare actually took this from Arthur Brooks poem, it was originally called 'Romeus and Juliet' written in 1562. Shakespeare cleverly rewrote the poem and made it much more of a success than Brooke's poem, because Brooks poem was extremely boring. Shakespeare was a genius, and made it powerfully vivid. The Elizabethans used descriptive language instead of technology, as they did not have sufficient technology to do this. Fate was used in everyday life, and most Elizabethans, believed in it. ...read more.

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Mercutio will not accept this, and will do anything to fight with Tybalt. This is when Romeo does turn up, after just being married to Juliet. This is dramatic irony as the audience knows about the marriage, but the actors don't, which causes drama. Shakespeare has also using dramatic timing again. "Well, peace be with you, sir: here comes my man" This annoys Mercutio, because Tybalt has said, 'here comes my man', this is not true, and Mercutio points out that, by saying that Romeo doesn't wear the Capulet uniform, he wears the Montague uniform, also if Romeo was Tybalt's man, he would be his friend. And follow him if he was in trouble, like onto a battlefield, which Romeo wouldn't do. Mercutio is winning at this point, because he is using words, rather than actions, which is what Tybalt uses, so when Romeo walks in Tybalt is happy to walk away from Mercutio, and get to what he originally arrived for. Tybalt walks away from Mercutio and up to Romeo. "Boy, this shall not excuse the injuries, That thou hast done me; therefore turn and draw" This is where Shakespeare uses dutiful love, as Romeo must love Tybalt, due to the fact that he is married to Juliet, who is Tybalt's cousin, but, to Mercutio, Benvolio and Tybalt, this looks like Romeo doesn't want to fight with Tybalt, because he is scared. ...read more.

Conclusion

Romeo runs away, and some citizens arrive, asking for Tybalt, but then they realise that he is lying on the floor, dead. Then the Prince, Montague, Capulet, Lady Montague and Lady Capulet arrive. The Prince asks who started this battle, so Benvolio explains "O noble prince, I can discover all The unlucky manage of this fatal brawl: There lies the man, slain by young Romeo, That slew thy kinsman, brave Mercutio" Lady Capulet can't believe that one of her rivals had killed her nephew. Benvolio explains in more detail what happened, but Lady Capulet says he is lying, as he is a kinsman to Romeo, "He is a kinsman to the Montague; Affection makes him false; he speaks not true" And Romeo should be killed. Then the Prince says that as it is the law, Romeo will have to be banished, but it will be because of the families fighting. I think this scene was more dramatic than any other scene because lots of people get affected. These are the nurse, because Juliet gets depressed and comes to her for help, Friar Laurence, because he has to send notes to Romeo, and Juliet comes to him, asking for a potion to make her look dead, and he doesn't no what to do first of all. The parents are also affected, because their only sons/daughters get killed. It affects the rest of the scene, because Romeo killing Tybalt caused Romeo to get banished. This causes Juliet to pretend to kill herself. Nicola Hallen ...read more.

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