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How does Shakespeare make Act 3 Scene 1 dramatic and exciting for the audience?

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How does Shakespeare make Act 3 Scene 1 dramatic and exciting for the audience? Romeo and Juliet is about two families, the Montague's and the Capulet's. The children of which, Romeo and Juliet, fall in love but because of the families rivalry they end up dead. Shakespeare wrote the play in 1595 and set it in Verona, Italy. He hoped his audience would relate to the events and characters within the play. Act 3 Scene 1 is important because it is the turning point of the play as it goes from comedy to tragedy and sets off the chain of events that lead to Romeo's and Juliet's death. Shakespeare uses a variety of techniques to make the scene dramatic and exciting; some examples of these are the use of language, conflict and the different emotions the characters feel. In this scene two fights occur which both lead to death. The first fight consists of Mercutio, Romeo, Benvolio and Tybalt. It starts by insults being thrown around and Mercutio says to Tybalt 'will you walk' this meaning will you fight. The audience expect a fight and wonder if it will have serious consequences keeping them in suspense until Tybalt stabs Mercutio. ...read more.

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The audience think that he is heartless and doesn't care about anyone but himself. When Tybalt first appears on stage the contrast in the mans feelings are clearly shown when Benvolio says 'by my head, here come the Capulets,' Shakespeare has Mercutio say 'by my heel, I care not.' This suggests that Benvolio is thinking logically about a fight whereas Mercutio is thinking about the pleasure a fight might bring him. Before Act 3 Scene 1 Romeo and Juliet get married but only Romeo, Juliet and Friar Lawrence know. The audience feel superior, as they know something the other characters don't. They also feel sorry for Romeo, as Tybalt bullies him on the beach and wants revenge for turning up at the Capulets banquet however Romeo has done nothing but 'tender the Capulet name'. When Romeo says 'the reason I have to love thee' the audience think that Romeo is going to tell Tybalt about his marriage to his cousin, Juliet. This keeps the audience thinking about what could happen next. One way the audience are entertained is by the use of language. Shakespeare uses insults to entertain the audience an example of this is when Tybalt calls Romeo 'Boy' this makes Romeo seem insignificant, weak and defenceless. ...read more.

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All of the events in this scene add up to Romeo and Juliet's death. Because of the families rivalry they cant be together this makes the audience feel sorry for both of the characters. At the very start of the play Shakespeare uses a prologue to give the audience vital information about the play and introduces the two families, it also says 'a pair of star-crossed lovers take their life' this tells the audience that two people are going to die making them feel superior as they know something the characters don't. William Shakespeare uses many methods to shock the audience aswell as preparing them for an even bigger event. Without Act 3 Scene 1 lots of key events are lost; Mercutio's death, Romeo's change of character and the build up to Romeo and Juliet's death. Shakespeare wanted us to see the mistakes in the play and learn from them things like leaving the past in the past and keeping secrets as they could kill. The most exciting aspects of the play are the two fights that take place for no reason, much like today's world, this is exciting as the audience did not know they were going to happen and look forward to seeing conflict. We should learn to tell the truth before mis-understood perception takes place, and we regret the events that have take place. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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