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How does Shakespeare create tension and drama for an audience in act III scene I of Romeo and Juliet?

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How does Shakespeare create tension and drama for an audience in act III scene I of Romeo and Juliet? The play Romeo and Juliet Act III Scene I is made very exciting and dramatic by the writer, William Shakespeare. He uses dramatic devices to create suspense within the audience, such as the foreshadowing of events near the beginning of the play. On top of this he uses puns and dramatic irony to add to the effect. At the start of the play Tybalt is known to be a violent character, while Mercutio is the witty joker. He did not predict that the seriousness of Tybalt's actions would eventually lead to his own death. the point at which the drama in the scene peaks is the death of Mercutio, and this could even be the turning point in the play, as from here on in Romeo is "fortune's fool". the 6 main points that Shakespeare are action, as there is much fighting and conflict in the scene; plot twists as there are unexpected deaths; the use of dramatic language and tone; character development; audience reaction and the writers intentions. ...read more.

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Later he calls Tybalt "dishonourable" and "vile", with dishonourable being particularly offensive as Tybalt is well documented for being a man wishing to uphold his honour. He shows this by turning up at the scene in the first place, as he is looking for Romeo to gain revenge from when Romeo gate-crashed the Capulet masked ball. Mercutio the goes on to say to Tybalt "Tybalt you rat-catcher" Mercutio turns Tibet's well known title 'The Prince of Cats' around by calling him a rat-catcher, referring to the way that cats chase rats. He then goes on to an extended metaphor 'Good King of Cats, nothing but one of your nine lives, that I mean to make bold withal.' Resembling the fact that cats have nine lives. Tybalt replies with insults such as "thou consort'st with Romeo", suggesting a double meaning of Mercutio and Romeo being friends, but also that they might have a relationship of a sexual nature. An effective dramatic device that Shakespeare uses well in this scene is Dramatic Irony. This is when the audience knows what is going on in the play, but the characters are oblivious to some information. ...read more.

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Shakespeare has placed this scene in the middle of the play deliberately, and it is a good place for the main turning point, the death of Mercutio and Tybalt. He also uses the scene to make the earlier balcony scene seem like a last goodbye, as this is the only time, apart from the brisk wedding service, that they spend time with each other while alive. To conclude Shakespeare creates much excitement and drama in Romeo and Juliet Act III Scene I by using many effective of the dramatic and linguistic devices such as the use of pathetic fallacy, where the mood is conveyed through the atmosphere and weather and dramatic irony where the characters don't know what the audience do, giving the audience a sense of involvement. Brisk violent action such as the crescendo of insults and the choreographed fights add to the excitement felt by the audience. The plot experiences many twists, mainly the change in genre from comedy to tragedy which changes the audience's mood. Shakespeare uses his intentions of the plot to manipulate the audience's reactions to certain events such as the exiling of Romeo and the death of Mercutio. ?? ?? ?? ?? Harry Chamberlain English Coursework 1 ...read more.

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