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How does Shakespeare make Act 1 scene 3 Dramatically Effective?

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Essay-How does Shakespeare make Act 1 scene 3 Dramatically Effective? What is drama? Drama is the format where through acting, emotions and feelings are explored. The audience should leave a theatre having experienced a range of emotions. Drama should contain tension, sadness or hapiness. Drama should evoke feelings of sympathy for the characters. Tragedy is a genre, so what are the characteristics of tragedy? A good tragedy should include plenty of tension, a few murders/deaths and possibly some romance. Romeo and Juliet is such a good tragedy because it has all of these. The play opens with a fight between the Montagues and the Capulets. This immediately tells us that the play is based on a feud. When Romeo and his friends gatecrash the Capulet's party, Tybalt insists on fighting Romeo. It is at this party that Romeo and Juliet first meet. They then arrange to be married in secret by Friar Laurence. Only Romeo, Juliet, the nurse and Friar Laurence know of the marriage. In "Romeo and Juliet" the feud is a major part in the play. No one knows why the two families argue which therefore implies that it has been going on for quite some time. ...read more.

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Line 37 TYBALT ENTERS!!! When we last saw Tybalt, which was Act 1 scene 5 he said, "I will withdraw; but this intrusion shall, now seeming sweet, convert to bitterest gall." This is therefore the 'bitterest gall' he was talking about. When Tybalt enters the audience expect a fight and probably feel excited curious and nervous. We know that Tybalt is an excellent fighter because in Act 2 scene 4 Mercutio tells Benvolio so. "He fights as you sing prick-song: keeps time, distance and proportion." Therefore we know that there is bound to be a fight between the two families. At the point in Act 3 scene1 where Tybalt enters, Mercutio's character comes into play. He plays with Tybalt's words, which causes anger and even more tension. He messes around and winds Tybalt up. Benvolio continues as peacemaker. We need a peacekeeper to keep order. Benvolio acts as narrator. He is a trustworthy and reliable character who acts as the voice of reason. At this point, line 55, Romeo enters. Mercutio continues to antagonise Tybalt by suggesting that Romeo is his servant. Tybalt calls Romeo a villain. Poor Romeo tries his best to explain to Tybalt that they should be friends and not enemies. ...read more.

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The Prince orders Benvolio to tell him what happened. Benvolio summarises the play fairly accurately. The audience believe and relate to him. They trust him because he was an eyewitness. Benvolio is fair to Tybalt and is not biased. He doesn't suggest anyone is to blame. Lady Capulet does not believe him because he is a Montague. She speaks in rhyming couplets because it is important. Lines 187-197 are all in rhyming couplets because the pace is changing. The Prince decides that Romeo should be banished from the city or be killed. The Prince is someone of importance i.e. someone with moral or legal authority. Act 3 scene 1 is the climax of the play so therefore should be the most dramatic. Tybalt and Romeo are the main drama adders in this scene. Shakespeare uses lots of language techniques to create drama throughout the play such as speaking in blank verse, prose or rhyming couplets. The rhyming couplets are particularly effective when Romeo is talking about his love life. I think that this play reflects society today in that there are major feuds between different countries today e.g. In Northern Ireland there is a feud between Catholics and Protestants and maybe one day they will realise their mistakes like the two families did after they had lost their children. This is why the play is so tragic yet believable. ...read more.

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