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Examin the ways in which Shakespeare makes Act 3 scene 1 in 'Romeo and Juliet' romantically effective.

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MARK HAIGH G-C-S-E ENGLISH EXAMINE THE WAYS IN WHICH S H A K E S P E A R E MAKES ACT 3 SCENE 1 IN ROMEO AND JULIET DRAMATICALLY EFFECTIVE. In the romantic tragedy `Romeo and Juliet` William Shakespeare uses dramatic techniques and devices to convey emotional inclines and declines, emphasise breaks and linking tensions as well as to underline the outlying plot diversification. Preceding Act 3 Scene 1 we see Romeo fall madly in love with Juliet and marry her, both showing his instinctive nature, and setting the scene for this dramatic twists soon to follow. In this way Shakespeare creates a semantic field of happiness, which he shows by the use of "positive" phrases, which are colourful and effervescent. This causes the audience to feel an even greater shock at the sudden change of temper and the impulsive peak in tension. In Act 3 Scene 1 the attitudes of various characters is emphasised by the use of effects such as the difference between prose and verse. ...read more.


When Benvolio recounts the actions of the day he uses cold direct words ("...piercing steel deadly point to point...") it is completely antithetical to his previously non-violent idealistic out look ("...I pray thee good Mercutio...") which would have been subtle and serenely spoken. This illuminates the truth that it was an intense high-strung battle this forces a tensional incline´┐Ż leaving the rapt audience wondering what will happen. This is evidence for his pro-governmental attitude of abhorrence for the anarchic brawls which are the progeny of the linking rivalry between the competing Capulet and Montague families. With the vile murder of good Mercutio, Shakespeare strikes a sudden and unexpected discord in the minds of the audience and as the only humorous character is exterminated the performance takes on a more sinister outlook, giving the audience a sense of foreboding, as they realise that tragic events will follow. Irony is brought into play upon the words "for blood of ours, shed blood of Montague", because whereas Romeo is Montague his blood is shared with a beautiful Capulet; Juliet. ...read more.


When Lady Capulet returns upon this (lines 137-141) she uses short repetitive words schemes and sentences to portray the shock and anger over Tybalt's (in her eyes) meaningless death. To realise this fully you only have to look at the lines "O prince. O husband. O the blood is spilled." This melodramatic phrase shows that she is partly unconvinced and eager for Romeo's death only from revenge not reason, and that she is desperate to clear the family name more than Tybalt's. When the watching audience learn of Romeo's banishment we reach a full realisation of the impending tragedy that awaits the "star crossed lovers". The audience now sees what "Whole misadventured piteous overthrows" signifies, and are anticipating the final misfortune that will end the feud, of which they have been forewarned in the almost prophetic words"Which, but their children's end, nought could remove". So Shakespeare has managed to shock the audience, whilst showing of his consistency (each event that happens helps us understand better the prologue) and his overawing skill as one of our counties wordsmiths. This holds true despite the fact that he is not the for the most part the best in terms of enjoyment in the contemporary epoch. ...read more.

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