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How did Shakespeare keep his audience interested in the play Romeo and Juliet with specific reference to Act 3 scene I and how would you make this Scene relevant to a modern audience?

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How did Shakespeare keep his audience interested in the play ?Romeo and Juliet? with specific reference to Act 3 scene I and how would you make this Scene relevant to a modern audience? I am studying ?Romeo and Juliet? Act 3 scene 1. The play is about two teenagers who are from rival families; one is called the Montagues and the other Capulets. The rivalry between the two families goes back hundreds of years. The two teenagers fall in forbidden love. Act 3 scene 1 is a very important scene because this is the scene where Romeo kills Tybalt and gets banished from Verona to Mantua. Shakespeare had a lot of difficulties originally when staging a play because Shakespeare used to stage his play in an open air theatre so the audience didn?t have any protection from the weather and the audience had to stand up and watch the play so if they were tired and wet they had to be something to hold their interest. ...read more.

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If there was no conflict between the character the play would be boring. A In act3 scene 1 the conflict arises between Tybalt and Mercutio when Tybalt says ?Mercutio thou consort with Romeo? Mercutio reply with ?consort! What dost thou make us minstrels?? This keeps the audience interested because the audience like watching a fight because they know that a fight is going to happen but they are not sure who the fight is going to be between or when it is going to happen. The whole play is based on conflict between the two families and this is one of the reasons why this play has lasted for so long. Contrast is the difference between the characters. In this scene the contrast is partly between Romeo and Tybalt. Tybalt is a character who has a fiery temper ?therefore turn and draw? Romeo replies with ?I do protest I never injured thee? Romeo says this because he is in love and is a peaceful character. ...read more.

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In this scene Shakespeare uses suspense to make the play more exciting. In this scene we know that someone other than Romeo will get hurt even though we know Tybalt is looking for Romeo. Tybalt ?Well peace be with you, sir. Here comes my man? the audience are kept in suspense waiting for Tybalt and Romeo to fight but in fact the first fight is between Mercutio and Tybalt. In my conclusion, I think Shakespeare used these techniques to make this exciting and suspenseful. If he hadn?t used these techniques the play would have been not that interesting and not as famous as it is now. I think by using dramatic irony the scene was more interesting because we knew that Romeo was married to Juliet although none of the other character in that scene knew. We wanted to watch what would happen in the end because we thought we were in on a secret and we wondered what would happen when the others found out. I really enjoyed this play because it was very good and kept me interested in the outcome right till the end. ...read more.

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