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How does Shakespeare use dramatic devices in Act III Scene I of Romeo and Juliet in order to make it such an interesting and important scene?

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How does Shakespeare use dramatic devices in Act III Scene I of Romeo and Juliet in order to make it such an interesting and important scene? Romeo and Juliet was written by Shakespeare, in I594 or I595. Shakespeare's tragic drama of the ill-fated young lovers is seen to be an extraordinary work. Act III Scene I is a tragic scene. At the beginning of Act III Scene I, Romeo becomes involved in the brutal conflict between the two families, Capulet's and the Montague's. The searing heat, flaring tempers, and sudden violence of this scene contrast sharply with the romantic, peaceful previous night. The play reaches a dramatic climax as Romeo and Juliet's confidential world clashes with the public feud with tragic consequences. Mercutio's death is the method for the tragic turn the play takes from this point onwards. Act III Scene I takes place on the streets of Verona. It is Monday afternoon on day two, about an hour after the wedding between Romeo and Juliet. Benvolio and Mercutio are walking down one of the streets when Benvolio suggests that they retire. ...read more.

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Romeo's sign of peace results in Mercutio's death and Romeo becoming trapped in the family conflict. Mercutio's final speeches reflect a mixture of anger and disbelief that he has been fatally injured as a result of the "...ancient grudge..." between the Capulet's and the Montague's, he repeatedly curses "...A plague on both your houses..." Mercutio treats the subject of his own death with humorous wordplay "...Ask for me tomorrow and you shall find me a grave man..." In the final irony of this scene, Mercutio never discovers why he was wounded. He believes he was wounded for a fight, not for love. In shocked disbelief, he asks Romeo "...Why the devil came you between us? I was hurt under your arm..." Romeo blames himself for Mercutio's death because he placed his love for Juliet before consideration of his friend. Romeo realizes his love for Juliet has made him soft and now seeks revenge. Tybalt returns and they brawl. Romeo slays Tybalt to relax his guilt. However, by doing so, he disregards any effect that his choice may have on Juliet. His action is hasty and irresponsible. ...read more.

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There is Hyperbole whilst Mercutio is speaking. However, Romeo thinks it is a trivial cut and Mercutio will be in good health shortly. Entrances and exits play a major part in dramatising the situation after Mercutio's injury. Tybalt flees right after Mercutio is injured, Benvolio takes off with Mercutio. Benvolio and Mercutio are offstage so the current focus is on Romeo. A short while later Benvolio enters breaking the news that brave Mercutio is no more. Romeo is livid about Mercutio's death and seeks revenge. Soon after Tybalt is back again at which point the reader can sense a mishap is about to occur. As Mercutio dies, he declares "...A plague on both your houses...", since he is only a friend of Romeo's and not his kinsmen. Romeo is outraged and knows fate has entered his life, and he must play the fool or the jester "...This day's black fate on moe days doth depend, this but begins the woe others must end..." Juliet never thinks of herself as fortune's fool. Juliet is the stronger character, she assumes control for her own destiny, right to her final dagger thrust into her own heart. ?? ?? ?? ?? Nadeem Akhtar Page 1 19/11/2007 ...read more.

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