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Exploration of how Shakespeare creates dramatic effect and impact in the two fight scenes: Act 1 Scene 1 and Act 3 Scene 1

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.Exploration of how Shakespeare creates dramatic effect and impact in the two fight scenes: Act 1 Scene 1 and Act 3 Scene 1 Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet is a tragic story of conflict caused by contrasting emotions of love and hate between two feuding families (the Capulets and the Montagues), ending in violence and sorrow. Prologue: The Prologue, spoken before the play, reveals the main plot to the audience and prepares them for the themes in the play, as well as giving some background information to set the scene. It also introduces the characters and the scene of the play- 'two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona where we lay our scene'. This introduces the two equally-noble families and the city where they live, and it goes on to say, 'from ancient grudge break to new mutiny'. From this the audience learns that there has been a feud between the families for a long time, and that it remains a source of violent and bloody conflict- 'Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean'. The next part of the Prologue introduces the two main characters in the play- 'from forth the fatal loins of these two foes, a pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life'. ...read more.

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When Benvolio goes to see Romeo, Romeo tells him how he is deeply in love with Rosaline, and how he is 'out of her favour, where I am in love.' His language is full of exaggerated romantic language, such as 'alas that love whose view is muffled still'; this shows that he knows she's not in love with him. Rosaline is in fact a Capulet, cousin of Tybalt, but Romeo, so apparently blinded by love, does not seem to care; 'O brawling love! O loving hate!' (this is an example of an oxymoron). Romeo is convinced he will never find anyone more exceptionally beautiful than Rosaline, and he believes he is deeply in love, until he meets Juliet. Benvolio, unhappy at Romeo's depression, persuades him to go to (gatecrash) a Capulet party, and tells him that he will see so many more beautiful women that he will forget Rosaline. Benvolio says, 'be ruled by me, forget to think of her', to which Romeo replies, 'o, teach me how I should forget to think', and Benvolio says, 'by giving liberty unto thine eyes; examine other beauties.' He wants Romeo to forget Rosaline and move on instead of longing after a woman he will never get. ...read more.

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"O, I am fortune's fool!" He has a despairing realisation of inevitable fate looming over him, as if he cannot stop the events which will secure his fate "O, I am fortune's fool!" This emphasizes the feeling of impending fate. He knows (as well as the audience, who would be fearful for the future and happiness of Romeo and Juliet after this terrible event), that what he has done will have great consequences, and curses himself for being so foolish, and not fighting Tybalt when Mercutio did. It seems Romeo is powerless to do anything but follow his destiny, a victim of fate. Throughout this scene the tension increases and climaxes with the deaths of Mercutio, and then Tybalt, creating great anxiety as well as tension for the audience. After Romeo has killed Tybalt, Benvolio urges him to escape, fearing that if caught by the Prince, it will end with Romeo's death. When the Prince arrives Romeo has already gone, and he declares Romeo's punishment; complete banishment from Verona. Again there is dramatic irony, as only the audience know that this will have a devastating effect on Romeo and Juliet, who have only that day been married in secret. This is a crucial point in the play-this is the point that will change the entire course of the story and the future of Romeo and Juliet's lives together. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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