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Discuss the use of dramatic devices in act 3 scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet and how they are used to present the theme of conflict. Why is this scene important to the play as a whole?

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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare Discuss the use of dramatic devices in act 3 scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet and how they are used to present the theme of conflict. Why is this scene important to the play as a whole? 'Romeo and Juliet' is a tragic love story of two young people who are ever much in love, that are not allowed to be together, because their families are enemies. This leds to the death of these young lovers. The play was written somewhere between 1594-1596 during this time there were many wars taking place such as the Spanish Armada. Also in this time there were many well known rich families that were enemies and many people knew of these families conflicts. So therefore many people could relate to the story of Romeo and Juliet in some way because they either knew of or were part of families just like the Montagues and Capulets. Also many men in the sixteenth century carried weapons with them, this resulted in many violent and fatal fights between people, and the audience could also relate to Romeo and Juliet because of the fighting as they may see fights like the ones in the play often. ...read more.

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Romeos entrance causes conflict because he is nice to Tybalt when he isn't meant to be because the Montagues hate the Capulets and this annoys Mercutio. Also what Romeo says to Tybalt about him loving him, causes conflict because this enrages Tybalt, because he doesn't want Romeo to love him he wants him to fight him and what he is saying gives Tybalt no reason to pick a fight with Romeo. Mercutio draws his sword mainly because he's showing off he wants to show that he doesn't love Tybalt like Romeo does. Tybalt draws his sword to defend himself and because Mercutio has antagonised him so much to do so. Shakespeare use of language suggests their reasons for drawing their swords, because he uses many extremely insulting words in their conversation to each other. Such as Mercutio calls Tybalt a 'rat-catcher' this was a very insulting thing to call someone in the time the play was written. Romeos intervention changes the outcome of the fight because he gets in the way by trying to make peace but this just makes things worse and Tybalt wounds Mercutio. Mercutio responds to his wound by blaming Romeo he says to him, 'Why the devil came you between us?' ...read more.

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The theme of conflict has been shown in many ways through out the scene for example the conflict between Benvolio and Mercutio at the beginning of the scene even though it was only light hearted it still shows a bit of conflict because Mercutio is antagonising Benvolio. The event showing conflict is between Mercutio and Tybalt they are having a verbal fight and call each of many insulting names then later on the serious conflict begins which is there fight which ends in the tragic death of Mercutio. The next piece of conflict is between Romeo and Tybalt, when Romeo kills Tybalt in revenge for him killing Mercutio, Romeo is very angry and this leads to there fight and him killing Tybalt. The last bit of conflict is at the end between the Capulets and Montagues they each argue for their relatives and about the punishment that should be given to Romeo. There is a lot of conflict at many stages in the scene but each is as important as the other in creating the atmosphere of tragedy in the play. This scene is so important to the play because it changes the whole direction in which the play was going in and eventually leads to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. If this scene had never have taken place then they may never have died. ...read more.

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