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Discuss the dramatic significance of Act III Scene I - Romeo and Juliet.

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Discuss the dramatic significance of Act III Scene I. "Romeo and Juliet". 'Romeo and Juliet' is one of the best Tragic Love stories ever written. The play, which William Shakespeare wrote in 1595, still captures the minds and imaginations of many today. The aim of this essay is to show the dramatic significance of this story. I intend to present and show in this essay all the aspects in which Shakespeare used to add drama and suspense to his plays, especially in this 'Romeo and Juliet'. Act III scene I turns the whole performance around, no longer will Romeo and Juliet be the lovers they planed to live like. This scene contains the highest dramatic points of the play and it provides huge amounts of anticipation to the audiences' minds in the actions following. The scene, in which I am about to analyse, occurs immediately after Romeo and Juliet exchange their vows in marriage. This explains actions following later in the scene, the friendliness that Romeo shows Tybalt. The general contrast of love and hate in the play is explicit in this scene. ...read more.

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In this story there are two passages including fighting. In both including this act, Shakespeare simply tells who are fighting and who dies. He leaves the rest up to the imagination of the produces and actors. The stage directions in the play are little but the lines said by the co-actors tell the other character what will happen in advance. When this fight is staged it is up to directors and producers to tamper with the script as it is left open to opinion. In this section the language used is spectacular in the way of so many different techniques are used. Mercutio thought out the play speaks in prose, other families of higher class speak in prose, Shakespeare uses this method throughout and also in other plays such as Hamlet. Though this scene many of the characters speak in prose. But after Mercutio's death the more serious mood is shown as characters all speak in blank (unrhymed) verse. This is kept up until the end of the scene, where Benvolio, Lady Capulet, Montague and the Prince all speak in rhyming verse. As the argument between Tybalt and Mercutio begins, Mercutio uses his language to fight Tybalt he insults him by saying such things as "ratcatcher...King of cats...nine lives" Tybalt also uses this method of fighting to insult Romeo. ...read more.

Conclusion

But Mercutio is slain by Tybalt, which makes Romeos love for his family modify to disgust and he turns and kills his fresh wife's cousin. The hatred between the two families later kills their adored children. The lives of both Romeo and Juliet could have been saved, if only the ancient feud was settled earlier. "O, I am fortune's fool" Throughout the whole play the role of 'fate' would have to rule over all the themes, Romeo and Juliet were the original star-crossed lovers as the prologue. People in the Elizabethan era were very aware of what the stars told them The characters in this performance mainly show their actions in speech, basically this is when the performer explains their following behaviour in the lines before it happens. "This shall determine that." This line gives you an insight into Romeo's feelings and his actions, which follow he is prepared to kill the one who had murdered a dear companion that he loved and treasured. This scene is the most dramatic out of all of the others because it includes all the dramatic elements I have mentioned and the fighting obviously affects the rest of the story with Romeo getting banished. No other scene include as many dilemmas or dramatic elements. Janine Slater 2nd Draft Discuss the dramatic significance of Act III Scene I. ...read more.

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