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How does a Shakespeare use dramatic devices in Act 3 Scene 1 of "Romeo and Juliet" in order to make it such an interesting, exciting and important scene?

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Romeo and Juliet How does a Shakespeare use dramatic devices in Act 3 Scene 1 of "Romeo and Juliet" in order to make it such an interesting, exciting and important scene? In this piece of coursework I am going to discuss how Shakespeare uses dramatic devices in Act 3 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet in order to make it such an interesting, exciting and important scene. William Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet in 1595, based on the poem by Arthur Brooke, "The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet (1595), which itself is a translation from French of a short story by the 16th century Italian writer Matteo Bandello. The story, set in time of actual strife between a number of noble families, has long since acquired a strong sense of historical reality. This was also a time of increased awareness of the tragedy of life. Some of the themes include parent-child conflict, sexuality, friendship and peer pressure, teenage suicide, and teenage love. However Brooke's poem warns against dangers of physical desires and passion amongst the young, however Shakespeare takes a different approach in championing young love and all that it represents in the play. At the start the audience is aware of the tragic ending, through the prologue. ...read more.

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"What, dost thou make us minstrels" The highlighted differences between Romeo and Tybalt are manifested in the scene that provides a pivot for the play. "Thou art a villain...Villain I am none" "...turn and draw...put thy rapier down" The way Shakespeare contrasts the moods in the play makes them emphasise the balance between love and hate. Greatly exaggerated descriptions are used in Act 3 Scene 1 "Fire-eyed fury" " O calm, dishonourable, vile submission" The scene links to the previous events in the play for example the feud between the families, previous public brawls and the Prince's warning. Shakespeare puts a fight in the start of the play in order for the audience to see how violent the feud is. This is made more effective because it took place at a public site. The Prince warns the Capulet's and the Montague's and promises to act on his authority in justice. " If you disrupt this peace your lives shall forfeit" The Prince's name, Escaleas meaning scales which is a balance showing justice. Therefore his name reflects what he does. The contrast between light and dark, fate and free will, love and hate, death and life, appearance and reality and public and private lives. Plays a huge role in this scene and the entire play. ...read more.

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Either withdraw unto some private place, or reason coldly of your grievances, else depart. Here all eyes on us" The character's actions and use of language crease tension and drama because their behaviour. The theme of fate has a big effect of the dramatic impact of Act 3 Scene 1. "Tybalt, the reason that I have to love thee doth much excuse the appertaining rage to such a greeting." The irony is that Romeo shows his love for Mercutio through fighting Tybalt; when earlier it was his love for Juliet that stopped him fighting and made him intervene in the fight, which led to Mercutio's death. In conclusion this scene shows the audience events leading up to the real tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, so it bridges the gap between the audience and the characters finally begin to catch up with the knowledge of the doom to follow and the extreme action changes the course of events and involves the reader as well as it gets their attention. In Act 3 Scene 1 events accelerate towards tragedy, the situation feels increasing desperate. The mood shifts constantly from comic to rage to despair. Each change in emotion is coupled by an extreme action or confrontation. The audience is drawn in deeply by the awful logic of events as it all fits in. the short time frame in which everything happens, this increases dramatic tension. ?? ?? ?? ?? Laurel Hunda ...read more.

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