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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 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 important scene? In Romeo and Juliet there are two families; the Montagues and the Capulets, both of them bitter enemies. However as time passes the son of the Montague family, Romeo and the daughter of the Capulets, Juliet; meet each other for the first time and they fall in love at first sight. The families of them both would be against them meeting if they knew! How long can they keep seeing each other in secret? Will there relationship go further? What is there fate? The play fits into the tragedy genre as both families have an everlasting feud and both Romeo and Juliet are pushed to their death as a result of their relationship. There are several different reasons to why they died near the end of the play. It may have been simply fate; bad luck, adolescent love, the everlasting feud between the two families; the differences between the fathers of Romeo and Juliet; the tragedy that had been caused by love or the Friars motives. Some of these may have been to blame for the death of them or all of them partially are to blame for the death of Romeo and Juliet, it is dependant on the perspective of which you look at the play. ...read more.

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Romeo asks Juliet to speak of her happiness and she mentions true love, upon this note they leave to get married. This is contrasted and the Romantic atmosphere changes as there is an uproar of fights in the next scene, one of which Romeo is involved in. The previous brawls and feud between the two families are just a build up to the events and the deaths in Act 3 Scene 1. Firstly there were the Capulet servants Gregory and Sampson, who quarreled with the Montague servants upon them passing in the public place. This then leads to other members of the families getting involved, while Benvolio makes peace, Tybalt concurs up the fight; Prince Escales is forced to make a speech in which he mentions that whoever fights in public will be put to death. In Act 1 Scene 5 Romeo sets his eyes on Juliet at a Capulet party, however as Tybalt recognizes Romeos voice he is outraged at the Montague's for gate crashing the party and he threatens retribution towards Romeo. This leads to the fight between Tybalt and Romeo in Act 3 Scene 1. When Romeo refuses a fight from Tybalt and Mercutio steps up in defense for Romeo, he tries to make peace as he doesn't want to harm anyone as he gently tells Tybalt that he will not kill him because ...read more.

Conclusion

Hence in conclusion this scene is important as it is dramatic as it affects the audience due to the different emotions that run through the characters due to the conflicts between the character s in this scene. The reason why Act 3 Scene 1, is recognized as the turning point of this play is because Romeo refuses a fight from Tybalt, but as he wounds and kills Mercutio, Romeo seeks revenge to kill Tybalt. The Prince's words at the end of the scene interest and involve the audience as the Prince mentions that when Romeo is found it will be his 'last hour', the audience would carry on watching as the end of the scene creates suspense of what is going to happen next. In my opinion I think that the scene is important as it proves Romeos worthiness, as he stands up for the killing of Mercutio however he wouldn't kill Tybalt as he is related to Juliet and he normally wouldn't result to violence, Also at the end the Prince's speech is a cliff hanger, that grabs the audiences attention, making them wonder what will happen next! At this point the audience would be asking themselves, will Romeo be caught? How will Juliet cope if Rome is killed? Will the feud between the families still carry on? ?? ?? ?? ?? Ahmed Hanslot Page 1 of 3 ...read more.

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