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How does Shakespeare make act 3 scene 1 such a dramatic scene?

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How does Shakespeare make act 3 scene 1 such a dramatic scene? Introduction In summary the play describes the lives of two young adolescents that fall in love despite the fact their families are feuding and the events that leads up to their tragic suicides. This tragedy causes these two families to vow to end their ancient grudges. Act 3 scene 1 is such an important scene as it changes the play from a romance to a tragedy creating a tragic atmosphere which makes this scene the highest scene of tension in the play. This scene marks the turning point of which the play turns from happy wedding atmosphere to street bawl violence and ultimately resulting in multiple deaths. Shakespeare's structure of the play increases the drama in act 3 scene 1. The scene prior to act 3 scene 1 is the wedding between Romeo and Juliet. In which only the audience observe. At this point the audience feels no suspense and feels comfortable with the marriage as it could end the feuding between the two families. ...read more.

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Shakespeare uses specific language and speech in act3 scene 1. He uses the use of rhyming couplets adds to the drama in act 3 scene 1. "offence hence" "proceeding bleeding" "fine mine" "excuses abuses" "will kill" as it emphasizes the anger prince is feeling and the audience will feel the tension building up as the sounds of the rhyming couplets has a importance in the tone. Shakespeare uses particular language to emphasize the interaction between Mercutio and Tybalt, as Mercutio enjoys winding Tybalt up he uses the insult of Shakespeare use exists and entrance to increase the drama in act 3 scene 1 when Tybalt re-enters after Mercutio has died Romeo had said minutes before "this day's black fate on more days doth depend; this but begins the woe, others must end." The audience will be feeling shocked but in suspense. Also it is very dramatic after Tybalt is killed by Romeo. Romeo has just existed as the citizens arrive on the crime scene the audience would have felt the built up of tension, if Romeo had left a minute late he would have got caught. ...read more.

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the short clauses creates speed in the text which makes the audience adrenaline rushing as they want to take in all the information and is happening so quick. The use of punctuation/pauses "Tybalt, my cousin! O my brother's child! O prince! O cousin! Husband! O, the blood is spilt o my dear kinsman! Prince, as thou art true, for blood of ours, shed blood of Montague. O cousin, cousin!" the punctuation/pauses make the audience in a bit of suspense as it makes it slower. Shakespeare uses characterization to enhance the scenes drama. As everyone knows Romeo is the lover not fighter but when Romeo challenges Tybalt after Tybalt kills his best friend Romeo is feeling angry and is in shock he then kills Tybalt with rage. This will make the audience feels very shocked as it is out of character to do a thing like that and very unpredictable also they could be feeling slightly tense as anything could happen next. Shakespeare also uses surprise to keep the audience interested in the play when Mercutio is stabbed through Romeos arm only the audience and Mercutio realize at first but the audience would feel surprised as that wasn't really meant to happen as Romeo was stopping the fight. ...read more.

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