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examine the dramtic effectiveness and significance to the play of act 3,scene 1of 'romeo and juliet'

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Examine the dramatic effectiveness and significance to the play of act 3, scene 1 of 'Romeo and Juliet'. This essay will be examining the dramatic effectiveness and significance to the play of act 3, scene 1 of 'Romeo and Juliet' by William Shakespeare. The story is about two families, which are the Montagues and Capulets, who are at war with each other. Romeo, a Montague and Juliet a Capulet fall in love. Being from different houses their love is forbidden however, they decide to get married secretly by Friar Lawrence. Unfortunately because of their family's ancient feud they kill themselves. 'Romeo and Juliet' is a romantic, tragedy with some comedy. It is a tragedy because of the violence, conflict and death that happens in this play. 'Romeo and Juliet has many themes. They are love, haltered, violence and loyalty. Love consists of family love, passionate love and true love. These themes help our understanding to the plot and characters. Shakespeare's idea for Romeo and Juliet was from a poem written by Arther Brooke during the 1500s. It was called the 'Tragical Histore of Romeus and Juliet' the poem was set in Verona, it was a poem of a true story of a boy & girl who killed themselves for love. ...read more.

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"And for that offence Immediately we do exile him hence." The prince resolves the drama by exiling Romeo. This is written in rhyming couplets to show the prince is important. The romance has also died with Romeo's impulsive actions. "And fire-eyed fury be my conduct now!" The exclamation mark shows Romeo's anger this increases the tension even more. One of the many themes in Romeo and Juliet is family love this is love for your parents and relatives. An example of this is in Act 3, scene 1 "Tybalt, my cousin! O my brother's child!" Lady Capulet is mourning because death of Tybalt. There is also family love between Romeo and Tybalt, Romeo has to show him family love as they are now related through marriage "But love thee better than thou canst devise, Till thou shalt know the reason of my love. And so, good, Capulet, which name I tender As dearly as mine own..." Romeo tries to make peace with tybalt as they are now related through marriage. Violence is another theme. If there was no violence in the play, it would not be a tragedy but merely a romance. There is violence between Montague's and Capulet's but the main violent character is Tybalt "Romeo, the love to bear thee can afford No better term than this: thou art a villain." ...read more.

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"I pray thee, good Mercutio, let's retire: The day is hot, the Capels are aboard, And if we meet we shall not scap a brawl, For now these hot days, is the mad blood stirring." Shakespeare uses Benvolio to set the scene because in Shakespeare's time they didn't have special effects or lighting, Shakespeare had to build up the atmosphere so to do this he used Benvolio to set a tense atmosphere. Shakespeare also uses Benvolio to set the scene as he is the peace maker which creates tension it also prepares audience for the fight which is to come. Benvolio is also the complete opposite of Tybalt. The prince resolves the problem by exiling Romeo this resolves all the tension between the families because of both murders. The audience would have been on edge thinking that Romeo would die they would then be relieved to see that he is banished. It also leaves them in suspense to see what will now happen to Romeo & Juliet. In conclusion it is clear that Shakespeare showed class differences by using rhyme, the upper class rhymed in the way they spoke and the lower class didn't. This is shown in the princes at the end of act 3 "But I'll amerce you with so strong a fine That you shall all repeat the loss of mine." This shows the prince is an important character. ...read more.

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