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How does Shakespeare make act 3 scene 1 dramatically effective

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How does Shakespeare make act 3 scene 1 dramatically effective? The play Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare is a Greek tragedy .Shakespeare uses a chorus which identifies the disasters which are to occur later in the play. the play is based in Verona and involves characters from two main families who are embroiled in a feud ; the chorus suggests that the feud been going on for many years; "Two households both alike in dignity, in fair Verona where we lay our scene from ancient grudge break to new mutiny" The play starts with members of the Montague Family strolling around the market; insults are exchanged resulting in a fight. The fight provokes the prince of the city (Prince Escalus) to threaten a death sentence to who ever is responsible for any other fighting in the city. The following quote corroborates this; "If you ever disturb our streets again Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace." ...read more.

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Shakespeare also uses heat to increase the dramatic effect and states; "The weather is hot" By making the weather hot Shakespeare makes the scene tense because hot weather can be associated with short tempers and there is plenty of evidence of anger making act 3 scene 1 dramatically effective. Tybalt for example demonstrates tension between himself and Romeo. "Boy, this shall not excuse the injuries that thou hast done me, therefore turn and draw" The violence is one of the vital aspects to making the scene dramatic and appealing to the audience. It does this by the tension between the characters escalating into a fight. Mercutio will not leave the streets without a brawl. This is shown in the following quotation: "will you pluck your sword out of his plucked by the ears?" This quote shows that Mercutio is looking for a fight and is not prepared to leave the streets without one.Eventually Mercutio gets his wish and has a fight with Tybalt;this results in Mercutio's death. ...read more.

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Romeo does appear and the scene becomes unpredictable in how it will end.This Makes the audience more interested and curious about the outcome of the play. Now that Romeo is responsible for the death of Tybalt he must hide out in the city or deal with the consequences which is an execution. The prince is more lenient towards Romeo because of the circumstances; he appears to take a sympathetic view believing that Romeo did not cause the fight and felt obliged to avenge his friend's death. However, Romeo does receive punishment; "And for that offence, immediately we do exile him hence" The climax of Act 3 Scene 1 therefore is again dramatically effective as it creates the atmosphere for further drama in the following acts. This is shown by Romeo's view on his exile in scene 3 of the act, "There is no world without Verona walls, But purgatory, torture, hell itself" ?? ?? ?? ?? Name: Jack O'Donovan School: St Edmunds Catholic School Centre No. : 20958 Candidate no. : 1112 Date: January 2006 ...read more.

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