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How does Shakespeare make ACT III scene I dramatic?

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How does Shakespeare make ACT III scene I dramatic? Shakespeare creates a dramatic atmosphere in Act III scene I through several different aspects of the play. Not only in this scene; but also by using the previous acts to build up the tension. Shakespeare achieves this with the themes of love, hate and conflict within the play. Conflict is used for suspense regularly. It is used at the very beginning of the play to show tension between the two families. This gets the audience interested and keen to see what happens. Shakespearean humour is used at the beginning of this fight. A play on words that would have been considered funny at the time: SAMPSON: Gregory, o' my word, we'll not carry coals. GREGORY: No, for then we should be colliers. This is not only 'comical' but it builds up the tension of the fight to come. Also, the contrast of Benvolio and Tybalt's attitudes is used effectively here. ...read more.


This brings a sense of fate being inescapable, which, in turn brings more suspense. We are put in further suspense because we want to find out how Romeo and Juliet die. The prologue explains that their death is responsible for ending their families' strife. We also know that Romeo and Juliet are going to die because of their love for each other. This increases the tension because we await their deaths. Finally, Shakespeare uses speed of events, particularly in Romeo and Juliet's relationship to add to the prospect of fate. All of these aspects build up the tension to prepare us for what follows in act III, scene I. Act III scene I starts with Benvolio warning Mercutio that a fight might begin. This tells us that a fight is inevitable. Especially when Mercutio starts antagonising Benvolio. Mercutio is looking for a fight. Being the annoying tease that he is, he tries to aggravate Benvolio. However, he gets no response, as Benvolio is a peacekeeper. ...read more.


He finds Tybalt and delivers his acceptance of a duel. No matter what reason Romeo has to love Tybalt, he clears his mind and sets his thoughts on killing Tybalt. He does this because he was partially responsible for Mercutio's death and one way to rid his conscience of guilt would be to avenge it and kill Tybalt. ROMEO Mercutio's soul Is but a little way above our heads... ...Either thou, or I, or both, must go with him. They duel and Tybalt falls. Romeo is reminded by Benvolio of the punishment of death and flees from the scene. This scene is dramatic mainly because of the tension building up to it, but the events surrounding the deaths play their own parts also. We are prepared for the deaths but not of those particular characters which adds an element of surprise. Especially because Tybalt is described as a good sword fighter early in the play. Shakespeare has used a mixture of preparation, suprises, suspense and tension to make act III scene I as dramatic as possible. The amount of tension ebbs and flows to keep the audience interested in the play and somewhat shocked when the deaths occur. ...read more.

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