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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, exciting 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, exciting and important scene? Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is a tragic play about two star-crossed lovers from feuding families who end up dying for their love. The play fits into Aristotle's theory of tragedy as the audience gets emotionally attached to the hero, fears what may befall the hero and pities the suffering hero. The play fits into many themes such as passion and reason, love and hatred, power and submission and lust. Act III Scene I takes place after the Caplets party and, Romeo and Juliet's Wedding. In Act III, scene I, Shakespeare creates tension by using a contrast of characters. He does this by juxtaposing the hotheaded Tybalt and cocky Mercutio. By putting the two characters together, the audience will expect a fight to break out and this will excite and interest them. He uses the same technique when he juxtaposes Romeo and Tybalt, because Romeo is a lover and Tybalt is a fighter. ...read more.

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Another device that Shakespeare uses are rhyming couplets. An example of this is in Romeo's line this day's black fate on more days doth depend; this but begins the woe, others must end. Another example of this is in Montague's line Not Romeo, Prince, he was Mercutio's friend; his fault concludes but what the law should end. By using rhyming couplets, the line is remembered more and once again interests the audience. Shakespeare uses Mercutio as a dramatic device. He does this by making the character repeat the curse A plague a' both your houses three times. The saying is if a curse is repeated three times it becomes true. This will excite the audience as they will want to know what will happen next. This is also quite important because this scene determines the rest of the play. When Romeo and Juliet die, the audience will assume that it was Mercutio's curse that killed them. It will also make the audience fear for the two families especially Romeo and Juliet because they are the main characters. ...read more.

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and so, good Capulet - which name I tender as dearly as my own. This is dramatic irony because Tybalt doesn't know that they are now in-laws but the audience does. This involves the audience and again keeps their interest. There is more irony later in the scene but this is cruel and bitter irony. It is when Romeo says I thought all for the best just after Mercutio is stabbed. It is cruel, bitter irony because Romeo was trying to stop them fighting but ends up killing his best friend. This helps fit the tragic genre as the audience pity Romeo for his loss. This is important for the play, as it will keep interest. Overall, this scene interests and excites the audience through Shakespeare's dramatic devises of contrast, dramatic and cruel, irony, characters and language. This scene is also a turning point in the play because it depicts the rest of play. Without the scene, the two main characters would not die and the play would not fit into the tragic genre. This scene decides the ending of the play and is therefore interesting, exciting and important. ?? ?? ?? ?? Emmie Ellis English 10y Language ...read more.

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