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How does Shakespeare use dramatic devices in act 3, scene 1 in order to engage and entertain the audience

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How does Shakespeare use dramatic devices in act 3, scene 1 in order to engage and entertain the audience In this scene some very important things happened at the beginning. The Capulets and the Montagues are in a street in Verona. Tybalt arrives and Mercutio tries to provoke him but Tybalt is not interested, he is after Romeo. But, when Romeo arrives and Tybalt challenges him to fight, Romeo refuses so Mercutio steps in and fights with Tybalt. Romeo tries to stop the fight but Tybalt carries on and stabs Mercutio under Romeo's arm, this kills Mercutio so Romeo decides to go after Tybalt, when he catches up with Tybalt they fight and he kills Tybalt. This is pivotal in the scene because if Romeo had left Tybalt alone and not killed him, Tybalt would have been caught by the Police and then executed by the Police because the Prince set a law that who ever kills and fights in Verona will be executed. The prince breaks his rule with Romeo and banishes him instead of executing him because of the circumstances because Romeo was banished he moves to a nearby village. Before this scene started Romeo and Juliet had just got married. ...read more.


Such as 'couple it with something, make it a word and a blow.' He uses this to torment Tybalt because he knows he has a fiery temper. This also makes it more dramatic because we know Tybalt has a fiery temper and that he is a much better swordsman than Mercutio. This also makes us laugh because we think of Tybalt as the villain so we find it amusing that Mercutio is irritating him. Shakespeare make Mercutio annoy Tybalt to increase the tension. Before Tybalt speaks to Mercutio Benvolio says 'by my head, here come the capulets.' Mercutio replies 'By my heel, I care not.' This is showing Mercutio's disrespect to the Capulets and that he is not bothered about them being there. This increases the tension by exciting the audience and showing them that Mercutio has the upper hand. Shakespeare then keeps the tension up by making Tybalt say 'Mercutio, thou consortest with Romeo.' Mercutio deliberately misunderstands this and says in return 'Consort? What dost thou make us minstrels?' He then carries it on and says 'Here's my fiddlestick, here's that shall make you dance.' ...read more.


Also the audience and the characters respect his judgement. As Benvolio starts tell the tale of how the two characters were killed, we see that he is not telling the truth we see this when the Prince asks him who started the fight Benvolio says 'Tybalt,' we know this is a lie because we have seen Mercutio tormenting Tybalt and try to start a fight. Tybalt did not react but when Romeo refused Mercutio challenged Tybalt and they fought, so the audience will be shocked that Benvolio has lied, but they will also respect him for trying to protect his friend. As the scene closes Shakespeare wants the audience to be thinking about Mercutio and Tybalt and how they both died. Also Shakespeare wants the audience to be wondering whether Romeo will be caught for his crime regarding Tybalt, also if he does get caught whether or how he will be punished. Also he wants us to be remembering Mercutio and be trying to decide our feelings about Tybalt. As we begin the next scene the audience will be wondering what will happen to Romeo and whether he will be killed if he is found. We will also be wondering what will happen between Romeo and Juliet and whether there relationship will be able to make it through this tragedy. ...read more.

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