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How does Shakespeare use dramatic devices in Act 3 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet in order to make it such an interesting, exciting and important scene?

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Jamie Albertsen How does Shakespeare use dramatic devices in Act 3 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet in order to make it such an interesting, exciting and important scene? Romeo and Juliet is a tragic love story about two teenagers and their impossible love for each other because of their two families feuding. From the opening scene onwards the audience is made aware of the feuding. The feud is the cause of all the deaths in the play. The feuding causes great hatred and is a great contrast to the great love of Romeo and Juliet. It is a story that could be told at any period in history and still be as tragic and sad as when Shakespeare first wrote it back in the 1600s. Act 3 Scene 1 is the turning point for the whole play. Although the play tells the story of a family feud between the Capulets, Juliet's family, and the Montagues, Romeo's family, it also tells the love story between Romeo and Juliet. ...read more.

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As Benvolio and Mercutio are discussing Benvolio's hot-headedness Tybalt arrives with others. Tybalt and Mercutio start to argue and threaten one another. Romeo enters the scene. It is really Romeo that Tybalt wishes to fight, but Romeo will not fight with him. The audience are aware of his secret marriage to Juliet and now Romeo sees Tybalt as a relative and no longer an enemy. He tries to calm the fiery atmosphere. Romeo tells Tybalt "And so, good Capulet, which name I tender As dearly as mine own, be satisfied". Shakespeare has written this scene building the tension slowly. The audience can feel that a fight is imminent. Romeo is aware that the Prince has said that any person caught brawling will face harsh punishment and he wishes to avoid any such clash. Mercutio continues with his jokey comments referring to Tybalt as "Good King of Cats", referring to one of his nine lives and referring to him as a rat-catcher. Romeo continues to keep the peace, but Tybalt and Mercutio begin to fight. ...read more.

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Romeo and Juliet's love for each other would now, even more than before, be an impossible love. For now he was caught in a trap. If he escapes he must leave his wife and if he stays he risks death. The tension is unbearable for the audience know that Romeo and Juliet can never be together. At the end of the scene the Prince arrives and talks. He says that Romeo should get away for the squabble had now killed one of his own relatives. He tells the people to get the body out of there for if he was merciful to murderers it would only encourage them more. "Bear hence this body, and attend our will: Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill". My own personal view of this scene is the same as above. I too feel that this is the turning point of the play with absolutely no way back for Romeo. Juliet and his love will now always be forbidden and as the play continues the audience will see the disastrous consequences that all started in this particular scene. ...read more.

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