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How does Shakespeare create a sense of drama in Act 3, Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet?

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How does Shakespeare create a sense of drama in Act 3, Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet? Romeo and Juliet was a play written in the Elizabethan times by the famous British playwright Shakespeare. This play is based on a feud between two families, the Montague family and the Capulet family. In those two families two 'star crossed lovers' are found, their names Romeo and Juliet. The play begins with a fight scene. Next Romeo and his best friend Mercutio decide to gate crash a Capulet party. In this party Romeo meets Juliet and it was love at first sight for them. At the party Tybalt, a Capulet sees Romeo but Juliet's Father says not to attack and Tybalt vows to get revenge for this. Later Romeo Meets Juliet in the famous balcony scene and decides to get married. The next day Father Lawrence marries them in secret. On his way back from the marriage Romeo meets Tybalt and is challenged to a fight. Romeo refuses to do so as they are now family but Mercutio decides against this and fights and gets killed. Then Romeo kills Tybalt. When Prince finds out about this Romeo gets banished. Later due to confusion and an undelivered letter Romeo thinks Juliet is dead and therefore commits suicide. ...read more.

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Then Tybalt asks them for 'a word' which sounds like a teacher asking to have a word with a child who has done something wrong. Benvolio becomes hostile by saying 'make it a word and a blow.' The effect of this is an addition of tension for the upcoming fight and also is also another one of Benvolio's funny lines. This is a very obvious way to add tension directly and also create some humor at the same time. When Romeo is asked to fight he says he loves Tybalt because he is now his cousin but can't tell him this because the marriage is still a secret. Omission is also used 'I will budge for no man's pleasure, I.' this is an effective ending of a line because it shows how important Romeo's entrance is. It adds even more to the drama of the scene. Shakespeare uses the technique of building up tension slowly. He also builds up the tempo. At first the fight seems to be mostly insults. Then swords are drawn and finally Mercutio dies. Mercutio's death is the last thing anyone would expect to happen. He was so certain he would win the duel and was laughing at it before hand. The Fact that Mercutio was stabbed under Romeo's; his best friend's arm is even more shocking for the audience. ...read more.

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She is considered selfish because after all that has happened she still continues the feud. 'Romeo slew Tybalt, Romeo must not live.' In The princes last speech rhyming couplets are used. This gives flow to the speech and makes it seem less threatening towards Romeo. It also makes a dramatic effect on the punishment because the Prince will punish everyone who commits murder. Tybalt would be given a death sentence anyway so Romeo was not sentenced to death for his kill but exiled. There is also dramatic irony in the prince's last line. 'Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill.' This means that if murders are not stopped that will murder more. This is Ironic because Romeo kills himself and through that Juliet at the end of the play. The most effective dramatic devices in the play were the use of puns by Mercutio and imagery by Romeo. The tension in this was obvious throughout between the two families and conflict happened throughout scene 3 act 1. From this scene we can predict that Romeo is on a road to a tragic end. At the end of the scene the audience is bound to realize that Romeo and Juliet are doomed. This is a play more of its time because we do not have family feuds any more however its lessons on violence are relevant because violence can only lead to more violence. ?? ?? ?? ?? Page | 1 ...read more.

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