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

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Shakespeare wrote all kinds of wonderful and exciting plays but by far the most popular and recognised of them all is Romeo and Juliet; for it tells the story of "two star-cross'd lovers" who "take their life". The play has many thrilling and unpredictable turns but nevertheless act 3 scene 1 is definitely the most unexpected. As the scene I have been studying, I will also be analysing it in depth and will be answering the following question- 'How Shakespeare makes act 3 scene 1 so exciting and dramatic for the audience.' The scene is full of pivotal and dramatic actions as it surrounds the murders of Mercutio and Tybalt. The scene also marks the change of character in Romeo and leaves the audience suspended at the end of their seats in anticipation to find out what will happen next. Different types of genres are portrayed throughout the play but Shakespeare makes all these genres explode on the stage during this vital scene. Love, conflict, hatred, death are all contrasting themes that blend together to make this scene an epic and the highlight of the entire play. It illustrates to the audience how quickly people can change during the play and also how easy it is to be carried away in our emotions. ...read more.


Characters changing all the time makes the scene the most exciting and dramatic scene in the whole show. Shakespeare uses a lot of dramatic devices within the tale and most of them appear in act 3, scene 1. One of these dramatic devices is the clever use of dramatic irony which is present at the start of the scene when the audience have been shown the marriage vows between Romeo and Juliet but the characters such as Tybalt are unaware of this and therefore cannot understand why Romeo has much 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 love. The suspense that builds up during the scene makes it more and more enthralling for the audience. An art of theatre was the ability to move characters on and off stage many times causing nervousness and anticipation as to what might happen next. After every conversation a character either exits or enters which entertains the audience more as there is a different atmosphere created by each person's entrance and exit. ...read more.


Leaving the audience anxious and petrified to find out what may happen to Juliet and how she will act towards Romeo knowing that Romeo is not the person that she married. 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. Shakespeare has intertwined themes of love, hatred, revenge, anguish with teaching for the people of the time to learn in this one scene. In conclusion, thus 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. Also the theme play an important part as they contrast and supplement the scenario perfectly and make the play a whole lot more interesting- making it the best love story ever told. ?? ?? ?? ?? How does Shakespeare make Act 3 Scene 1 so exciting and dramatic for the audience? ...read more.

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