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How does Shakespeare make Act 3, Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet dramatically effective?

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How does Shakespeare make Act 3, Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet dramatically effective? Romeo and Juliet is one of the most tragic plays written by William Shakespeare. The play itself has a strong, catching plot; two feuding families in Verona, that cannot get along under any circumstances. Romeo, being from the Montague's, and Juliet, from the Capulet's, makes the plot thicken because they are madly in love. But they are from families that loathe one another. The general themes that Shakespeare used in the play were; love, honour and feud; he based the play around these themes, which makes the play much more interesting. Romeo and Juliet's family situations are different to any modern day family, because if Romeo and Juliet were alive in modern day Britain, the arranged marriage rule wouldn't apply. During Shakespeare's life the parents of the child would choose a fit, wealthy partner for them, so the plays plot would slightly change if it were made now. Act 3, Scene 1 fits into the play because it is the crucial fight scene, it is central to the plot. For example, before Act 3, Scene 1 it seems possible that Romeo and Juliet could see each other secretly, and admit to the marriage later on. ...read more.


dearly as my own" He's trying to hint it out to Tybalt but we, as the audience already know more than the characters on the stage. This would affect the audience, in a way that they feel they can relate to certain characters, because they know more about their situation than the characters do. The conflict between some of the characters, for example Tybalt and Romeo would shock the audience because by Act 3, Scene the audience already know about Romeo and Juliet's "secret" engagement, so they are most likely to be keen on the two putting past feuds behind them. Unfortunately Tybalt's conceit turns into anger which leads to his death; audience would be stunned at this point. The conflict between Mercutio and Tybalt would also confound to the audience because Mercutio was only defending Romeo's honour by cursing Tybalt and fighting him; "Tybalt, you rat-catcher, will you walk?" At this point, Mercutio is drawing for his sword, declaring a fight from Tybalt, and of course because Tybalt has a lot of pride, he doesn't back down, he takes on the challenge. Mercutio still continues to mock him; "Good king of cats, nothing but one of your nine lives; that I mean to make bold withal, and as you shall use me hereafter, dry beat the rest of the eight. ...read more.


Act 3, Scene 1 is the turning point in the play because before the scene, for Romeo and Juliet everything was going well; they were happy, about to get married, what more could they want? The Act 3, Scene 1's events take place and all hell broke loose for them. Two people they each loved dearly, slaughtered. All because of a petty feud; a feud that shouldn't have began. The events then turn Romeo and Juliet's world upside down and they are now unable to see each other because Romeo is banished and Juliet promised her father she'd marry Paris. At the end of the scene, when the Prince is proclaiming banishment upon Romeo the audience seemed more involved and interested because they have to figure out how Romeo will be able to see Juliet, so they are even more anxious to find out what will happen to him. Act 3, Scene 1 is the critical scene in the play, Romeo and Juliet. It's the scene where Romeo and Juliet have to finally decide if they'd choose love over their families, which makes the play (overall) much more exciting. I think that this scene is the best scene in the play; it's filled with a variety of factors such as; twists, tragedy, love, honour, humour all in one, which makes me like it even more. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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