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How does Shakespeare make act 3 scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet dramatically effective for the audience and what is the importance for the rest of the play?

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Romeo and Juliet How does Shakespeare make act 3 scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet dramatically effective for the audience and what is the importance for the rest of the play? Romeo and Juliet was set in the medieval period in Verona, Italy. Shakespeare wrote the play in 1595 and got the idea for the play from a poem by Arthur Brookes. In Arthur's version of the play it was set over 3 months yet in Shakespeare's version it was set over 3 days to make the play more dramatically effective. Shakespeare's version starts on a Sunday and ends on a Wednesday. This increases the dramatic tension of the play towards the end as it becomes more personal in Romeo and Juliet's lives. The themes used in Shakespeare's play are opposing through different scenes, these themes are love and hate. This makes the play dramatically effective as the audience is jumped from one theme to another. For example act 2 scenes 6 is a love scene then act 3 scene 1 is a fighting scene after having an interval. This makes the play interesting as the audience is kept interested. Another opposition used in the play is youth and old age as Romeo represents and Lord Capulet represents old ages for example. This is as lady Capulet was only 14 when she bared Romeo and Lord Capulet was of a much older age. ...read more.

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This creates huge dramatic tension as the audience as wondering about Romeo and Juliet's marriage after the murder of Tybalt and Mercutio. Act 3 scene 1 is one of the most important scenes of the play as this shows two families fighting on the streets of Verona after the prince says 'Your lives shall pay on the forfeit of peace.' The concern of the audience in this part of the play is greatly increased as the main characters of the play with a high status in society are fighting which brings dramatic tension. In this scene Benvolio and Mercutio are mentioning that the temperatures are hot and these shows by Benvolio telling Mercutio that he should 'retire.' Mercutio mentions that 'for these days hot' which brings up the idea that tension has been building between men and families as temperatures make things hot and rises tempers. Benvolio also mentions that 'we shall not scope a brawl' meaning that the fight is inevitable, the reason we know this is because 'shall not' is a modal verb. When the scene opens Mercutio is seen describing a person who the audience knows to be himself which creates dramatic irony. Mercutio is in a playful mood which will provoke the Capulet's as the temperature brings tension to the play. This brings dramatically effective as the audience knows a brawl is arising. ...read more.

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As Tybalt turns to leave he turns again and goes to stab Romeo but misses and hits Mercutio who is still in a joker mood. When they realise that he is injured Mercutio curses both of the family's houses. Mercutio joking around then shouts 'a scratch, a scratch,' which increase the dramatic tension as the characters do not realise how badly Mercutio is injured the audience realise just how bad he is injured and the characters do too. Mercutio still making jokes out of his injury as he dies he shouts ' your houses.' This means that a plague has been set on the houses by Mercutio. The scene then speeds up after this point when Romeo becomes infuriated after Mercutio's death as he was a good friend. Tybalt then returns on to the scene and the dramatic tension increases amongst the audience as they can feel another fight arising amongst the characters, Romeo' s mood changes when Tybalt returns as he is infuriated as he walks free after murder, during this fight no words are mentioned as Shakespeare want the focus on the fight not the literacy/language. During this fight Tybalt dies and the Prince arrives. After this scene Romeo is banned from Verona, which makes the marriage hard but it means that the focus of the play is now on love and not hate of families. As a result of two members of different families the feud between the two ended, this shows that the families learnt their lessons before it went on for centuries. ...read more.

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