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Explore and discuss the dramatic qualities of Act 3 Scene 1 of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" and its significance to the play as a whole.

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Explore and discuss the dramatic qualities of Act 3 Scene 1 of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" and its significance to the play as a whole. Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" is a tragedy, dealing with the love story between Romeo and Juliet, set against the feud between their two families. Shakespeare uses metaphors and similes to help create tension by comparing things with something else, for example "Am I like such a fellow?" Which is describing but also asking a question, But also Shakespeare also uses rhyming couplets to have a dramatic effect, such as "what eye but such an eye would spy at an quarrel?" is where Shakespeare uses Mercutio's character to play with the words to make it funny and dramatic at the same time. ...read more.

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directly tells Benvolio that he usually starts the fights and he is a fine one to talk, for instance "and yet thou wilt tutor me from quarrelling!" which shows Mercutio is looking for a fight. As the scene develops the atmosphere progressively becomes a lot darker and sinister, even Mercutio who is usually very humorous, takes on a new tone which shows that something may happen soon like a death. Tybalt then shows up in the scene and he is in a provocative mood that also creates dramatic tension, as he is polite to the Montagues, and this means he is mocking him. Benvolio tries to stop Mercutio he just replies NO and showing the audience that he wants a fight with Tybalt. As Romeo enters the scene, but he will not fight Tybalt as they are now family, which creates dramatic irony. ...read more.

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The scene is left in a dilemma this is because Romeo is banished but he is also married to Juliet, even if Romeo was executed for killing Tybalt he would be in the same situation as he won't be able to see Juliet which adds further drama to the scene. Shakespeare does this to keep the audience interested. In this scene lots of puns are used for example " Mercutio thou consortest with Romeo" which again he is mocking him creating more drama but also, the audience also know this will lead to punishment. In my coursework I have explored and discussed the dramatic qualities of Act 3 scene 1 of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" and what affect it has to the play as a whole which this scene is important as most of the drama happens in this scene and ends in a dilemma. ...read more.

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