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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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Romeo and Juliet 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 one the famous plays in the world. It was written by the revolutionary writer, William Shakespeare who changed the image of English. The play is about youth, love, honour, pride, disparity, humour and sorrow. It contains all these elements which make it very unique and extraordinary than any other. The author, Shakespeare uses different devices, brings contrast and uses emotion very skilfully to make the story very exciting, thrilling and anxious. The story is set in Verona in Italy. The story is about two lovers who love each other so much and will continue till the end of their lives. But they both from two strong opposite aristocratic families who oppose each other till the bitter end. Even the townspeople are involved in their feuds in the public. The atmosphere is tense, anxious and apprehensive because everyone knows that the relationship between the Montague and Capulet is very volatile and an enormous brawl could erupt any minute. "From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where the civil blood makes civil hands unclean" The presence of their civil unrest is present form the start mentioned in the chorus and this shows that this has a major influence in the tragic genre of the play. Romeo a Montague and Juliet a Capulet are lovers who will continue to love each other even till death even with fierce rivalry present between their families. ...read more.

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He uses intimidating language expressed by Mercuitio, who is again used as a device to aggravate Tybalt, Tybalt: "Mercuitio, thou consortest with Romeo?" Mercutio:- " Consort? What, dost thou make us minstrels?" This shows that Mercuitio deliberately misunderstood the meaning of Tybalt's meaning, making a remark that would aggravate and agitate Tybalt. This creates tension excitement for the audience. Although this scene is filled with apprehension and hostility, there is still some presence of humour presented by some characters such as Mercuitio who is used as a device to express humour in this scene, Benvolio:- "By my head, here comes the Capulets" Mercuitio:- " By my heals, I care not" This brings a contrast to the tense atmosphere created and also creates excitement for the audience. Shakespeare use of language between the characters is also used to contributes in the build up to the brawl which is very controversial in the story of the play, "Men's eyes were made to look and let them gaze I will not budge for no man's pleasure, I" This leads to creation of interest and excitement of the scene in the audience's mind and makes this a very significant scene in the play. Shakespeare has used another skill of contrasting and rhythm of scenes. The previous scene is filled with romance and brightness. Romeo and Juliet get married secretly because they know that their family will erupt into violence if they marry in public and cause the life of both the lovers. Friar Lawrence is a key character in this scene as he is the one who arranges the marriage. ...read more.

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He tells a fair account of events, supporting neither family in greater extent. Overall this is a very dramatic and influential scene in the story of Romeo and Juliet. This scene sees the death two influential characters (Mercuitio and Tybalt) which deepens the hatred between the two families (Montagues and Capulets), causing the whole atmosphere and theme to change in the story. This scene is the pivot of the story of the play. It has turned the theme of youth, love and excitement to tragedy and misery. This is the turning point for Romeo and Juliet as Romeo is banished and Juliet is forced to marry Paris by her parents without knowing that she is already married to Romeo. This again creates tension and excitement and also shows the random nature of fate. The Prince's words at end of the scene were very dramatic indeed. He states Romeo is exiled but if he is found, he will be killed, "Let Romeo hence in haste, Else, when he is found, that hour is his last." This creates tension and suspense in the play and yet at the same time makes this play exhilarating. This scene contains the tense atmosphere, demeanour, and the use of intimidating language, the switching of the mood from gentleness to absolute hostility and aggravation and to the bitter death of the characters. These are all the components that make this a very dramatic, exciting, thrilling and yet tragic scene towards the audience and causes their curiosity and interest to enhance further in the play. Overall in my view this is a very dramatic and important scene in the Romeo and Juliet because it comprises of various qualities e.g. excitement, thrilling etc, as mentioned above. ...read more.

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