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How does Shakespeare make Act 3 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet dramatic? There are many techniques in which Shakespeare uses in order to make Act 3 Scene 1

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Romeo and Juliet How does Shakespeare make Act 3 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet dramatic? There are many techniques in which Shakespeare uses in order to make Act 3 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet dramatic. This scene is dramatic as there is a case of two deaths of young men. The scene opens with Mercutio in an argumentative (belligerent) mood because Romeo had abandoned them at a Capulet's party in a previous scene which he had become agitated by and tries to aggravate Benvolio into a fight. Shakespeare uses the weather to indicate the dramatic atmosphere. When Benvolio says "I pray thee, good Mercutio, let's retire, the heat has every one wound up", it shows that Shakespeare sets the day as being a hot day, where the heat represents anger, which represents agitation. The weather had to be mentioned because in those days there were no special effects to represent the weather. This technique is called 'pathetic fallacy', which is when the weather echoes the mood of a character. This line is Benvolio telling Mercutio t oleave as the Capulets were around as he could feel the heat of the day would bring trouble. ...read more.

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Still Tybalt does not except any excuse that Romeo gives him for not wanting to fight. Tybalt is prepared to fight nevertheless even though he is confused as to why Romeo is still refusing the fight continues to encourage the fight. Mercutio noticing and not understanding Romeo's reluctance to fight back with Tybalt, jumps in and attacks Tybalt. A fight conjures between them and continues till Romeo separates them. He says "Hold Tybalt! Good Mercutio", telling Tybalt to hold still his sword. When he says "Good Mercutio", it suggests that he is trying to calm him down so uses positive words. At this point Tybalt thrusts his sword under Romeo's arms in Mercutio and from here on Shakespeare uses tension as Mercutio is stabbed. He says "A plague a' both houses! I am sped" when he is cursing the two families and wishes bad luck upon both households as it is the rivalry between them that has caused his death whilst he was trying to stand up for his friend. There is dramatic irony here as from reading the prologue we know that the two star crossed lovers will die. ...read more.

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This point can be very emotional for the audience and could be a chance for the audience to interact with the characters in reasoning to the decisions they made I that it was best for Romeo to leave his wife or loose his life. In conclusion, Act3 scene1 is dramatic in that in just one short scene a curse is placed on two families, two young people loose their lives, Romeo is banished from Verona, lovers are torn apart and one faces death penalty. Shakespeare used many different techniques in order to make Act3 Scene1 dramatic, which many of the techniques being dramatic irony and ironies on certain words e.g. 'consort' and 'grave'. I think the good use of dramatic irony gave this scene the outcome that is has, as it the characters knew about Romeo and Juliet's marriage there would have been a different outcome. Within the prologue the rivalry between the two households are mentioned as well as the death of the star crossed lovers. So the audience were aware that they would occur. Shakespeare also caused two deaths which were not mentioned in the prologue to occur in the scene bringing shock to the audience. The effect of this scene being emotional yet dramatic would make the audience feel the tension as well as being overwhelmed over the unexpected outcome. ...read more.

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