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How does Shakespeare make act 1 scene 3 of "Romeo and Juliet" dramatically effective? "There lies the man, slain by young Romeo, That slew thy kinsman, brave Mercutio." These are the words of Benvolio, at the end of this crucial scene of the play. "Romeo and Juliet" is one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies, and this is because of its dramatic effectiveness. The way that Shakespeare, even in the modern day, conveys to his audience, every thought and emotion going through his characters heads. In this essay I am going to explore the ways that he does this, through his characters, and the words they use, as well as the way he has set up the story. In every one of his plays, Shakespeare has written in five acts. In the first he stets the scene, in the second he develops the story, and sets up the key point for the third and key act. This key act is the one I am looking at. So far in the play, Shakespeare has set up his pair of lovers, and had them get married. He has also given pretence for this fight to happen, in that Tybalt saw and recognised Romeo at the Capulet party. The scene in question is the one after Romeo's marriage to Juliet, and it is the first time he has seen his cousin and friend since the marriage. In the scene Tybalt comes, looking for a fight with Romeo, but when Romeo denies him the honour, he fights, and kills Mercutio. ...read more.


/ I was hurt under your arm." This was a time of contemplation before Romeo became angry, and sought vengeance against his foe, in the fourth part of the scene. Romeo' hatred and anger is shown through the fight between him and Tybalt, "Staying for thine to keep him company:" In the last part of the scene came remorse and anger, when Lady Capulet, and the Prince find they have lost a kinsmen. These contrasts make definite parts to the scene. This makes the scene flow quickly, and gives it a felling of importance, to the story of the play. The breaks also make the long scene easier to digest. The scene as I have mentioned is split up in to five parts. The scene is very self-contained, and seems to be well rounded. This is because it both starts and finishes with an emphasis on the dramatic irony that I mentioned earlier. In the beginning, Mercutio and Benvolio Have no idea about the marriage, and only know of the challenge set by Tybalt earlier. At the end, in the fifth part of the scene, Romeo does not know of the Princes ruling. The last part of the scene is one of contrasting emotion. Here there is grief. Before this point there has been death, but no one has mourned the dead. There has been anger, "And fire-eyed fury be my conduct now!"; regret, "My very friend, hath got his mortal hurt / In my behalf;"; and hatred, "Thou wretched boy," but no mourning. ...read more.


They are reinforcing every thing they do with dialogue. An example of this is when Tybalt dies. Shakespeare simply writes "Tybalt falls" But in the next monologue Benvolio states "and Tybalt slain." These lack of stage directions mean that the script can be interpreted in many different ways. The Baz Luhrmann modern version of the play interprets the script in a very different way, to the way I have analysed, and taken the script to mean. He has made the Tybalt and Mercutio fight very different. A lot more serious than the fight I had interpreted. He has taken R0meo's " calm, dishonourable, vile submission!" as a sign of deep hatred, and has made Mercutio's character a lot less cool, and funny. I think that this des not improve the dramatic effectiveness because it changes the whole mood of the play, and makes the death of Mercutio seem less effective. It makes Romeo's change of character less contrasted. This mood makes the joking "Good King of Cats" seem out of place in Mercutio's character. Shakespeare has used many ways to make his play dramatically effective. He has played on the audience, using dramatic irony, Used the characters, and moods to create contrasts, that keep the audiences attention, and kept the audience on the edge of their seats, giving people the unexpected, like the death of Mercutio. Overall I think this is a good intense scene that draws the whole plot together, and gives and dramatic conundrum, which grips people, and makes them long for the answers in the rest of the play. "This is the truth, or let Benvolio die." Shakespeare Coursework Romeo and Juliet Alexandra Bradford 1 ...read more.

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