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Discuss the Dramatic Significanceof Act 3, Scene 1.

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'Romeo and Juliet' is one of the most famous love stories ever written. This scene is the turning point, as it affects many things later on in the play. 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 Brook's 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 dull. 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. To start Act 3 Scene 1, Mercutio and Benvolio are walking in the middle of the day. The mood is tense, and it draws the audience in, as they want to know what is going to happen. Benvolio tells Mercutio that they should go back to the Montague house, to avoid meeting any Capulet's, as it is the time of the day most Italians have a rest due to it being the hottest time of the day, and if the were to meet anyone, they would be aggravated. ...read more.


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. Love also is almost the opposite mood of everyone else, as they are all tense, but Romeo is happy, in love and calm. Then Mercutio stands in front of Romeo, and tells Tybalt to fight with him, "Tybalt, you rat-catcher, will you walk?" This makes the audience and Tybalt's followers laugh, as they all know that Tybalt was originally a cat's name. ...read more.


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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