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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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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? The play Romeo and Juliet is a romantic tragedy. It includes the major themes of: love, violence and hatred. The play is set in Verona, where the main character, Romeo, is love bound with Juliet; although they come from two conflicting families, the Montague's and Capulet's. In this essay I will be looking particularly at Act 3 Scene 1 of the play. This is when the most deaths occur. This play fits into the tragic genre as it is a love story that ends up being a fatal misfortune; dramatic devices such as irony are used to make it interesting. Act 3 Scene 1 includes two fights; firstly Mercutio and Tybalt, resulting in the death of Mercutio, and then Romeo and Tybalt resulting in the death of Tybalt. This scene fits into the play as a whole because everything that happens before hand leads up to it and everything that happens after is a result from that scene. ...read more.

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They were 'two star-crossed lovers' who would reach their destiny at one point. This foreshadows what will happen later on, they would do anything for each other, even die. They were a couple who were optimistic, warm and romantic. Destiny and fate is also a main theme in the play. Romeos fate comes to blow in act 3. We see dramatic irony in Romeo when he refuses to battle Tybalt. We, the audience already know that Romeo and Juliet are now lovers, who are married. Therefore Tybalt being Juliet's cousin, Romeo cannot abide in a duel with him. However before all the fighting The Prince of Verona warns anyone who is involved in a fight will be hung. Romeo knew of this but still went on to killing Tybalt. Although Romeo was getting married to Juliet he still had hatred towards the Capulets. The fact that Juliet was a Capulet didn't stop Romeo from killing Tybalt for what he had done to Mercutio. ...read more.

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Benvolio is simply a peacemaker who tries to solve the fight between the two conflicting families. Mercutio's death is marked as the down fall, this is when everything that was building up, falls down. He has a big exit where he puzzles the audience by repeating the phrase 'a plague on both your houses', this is telling us that both Montague's and Capulet's are to blame for all the hatred in Verona. Both families should be punished. This curse links back to the idea of destiny because both families were destined to come together at the end of the death. In conclusion I think that Shakespeare created an atmosphere through dramatic devices. Having big characters killed of and the mark of destiny. Act 3 scene 1 is the most important part of the play, because the whole play changes around it. Each character provides a frame to Romeo and Juliet's destined love. Mercutio's exit was the pivotal moment of the play. The tragedy in Romeo and Juliet is also an indirect result of the decisions and actions of several characters. Fate brought Romeo to his detiny. Samia Rashid ...read more.

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