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How does Shakespeare make Act 3 Scene 1 so exciting and dramatic for the audience in Romeo and Juliet?

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How does Shakespeare make Act 3 Scene 1 so exciting and dramatic for the audience? Shakespeare, in this scene, has built a lot of tension as in some parts as the characters say something which infuriates the opposing family thus causing at some point a brawl over a few pathetic words like in the opening scene "You lie". Also after the marriage scene many characters are unaware of the marriage of the "loins of these two" and this bewilders them. The most confused is the 'Prince of Cats' - Tybalt as: "Romeo: Tybalt, the reason that I have to love thee." and "But love thee better than thou canst devise... good Capulet which name I tender as dearly as my own be satisfied." Tybalt must have been perplexed as this is very bizarre for enemies to say to each other and to actually mean it. ...read more.

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This enrages him and he gives into Mercutio's demands for a fight. Innocent blood spilt as a result of a few petty words. Shakespeare uses a lot of dramatic devices within the play, most of which appear in Act 3, Scene 1. One of these is dramatic irony which is present at the start of the scene when the audience have been shown the marriage of Romeo and Juliet but the characters such as Tybalt are unaware of this and therefore cannot understand why Romeo has much unexpected love for him even though he is a Capulet. Also since we are aware of the love between the 'loins of these two foes' we are scared about what may happen to them now that Romeo has been banished and Juliet's own cousin has been murdered by her husband. The suspense that builds up during the scene makes it more and more exciting and dramatic for the audience. ...read more.

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There are also parts in the scene where there is a lesson to learn. "O, I am fortune's fool!" this phrase teaches us that we are not always in control of our lives and therefore we should try and do the right thing and not regret later when it is too late - think before acting or the consequences may haunt you. It also denotes to this being result of the whole story in the play as a being uncontrollable. This was inevitable but could have happened to anyone thus Romeo is the fool of his actions of killing Tybalt. In conclusion, this scene is the most epic and crucial scene to make the whole story fit together. The devices used by Shakespeare and the different actions that are involved make it seem very real and life like and the audience are gripped by the action that is preformed before them. ?? ?? ?? ?? Prabhdit Vaid 10T1 - 10XE2 ...read more.

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