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How does Shakespeare use dramatic devices is Act 3 scene 1 of "Romeo and Juliet" in order to make it an exciting scene and a turning point in the play Shakespeare's use of dramatic devices in Act 3, Scene 1 makes it an interesting, exciting and important scene because so much happens in a short space of time which in turn affects all the characters in one way or another. Furthermore, this scene falls dramatically in the middle of the play and can be seen as the turning point in the story because as everything falls in to place which the viewers stunned and wanting to know more. Shakespeare's thoughtful choice of dramatic devices such as dialogue, tone, stage directions and dramatic irony effectively create an atmosphere that naturally generates excitement and interest. Development Part 1 Beginning of the scene - up to and including Mercutio and Tybalts verbal battle In the beginning of the scene two characters are introduced Benvolio and Mercutio. Without these two characters, the scene wouldn't be the same at all. Mercutio and Benvolio who are associates appear to be talking to each other on a scorching hot day and Benvolio seems to be more worried and distracted than Mercutio. 'The day is hot, the Capels are abroad, and if we meet we shall not escape a brawl'. Here we are introduced into Benvolio's character - a slightly more worried/concerned person than Mercutio. A hot day can get a lot of people bothered; here Benvolio explains to Mercutio that he feels that it would be wise to leave early before any sort of trouble finds them. Benvolio then goes on to say that he is feeling tension in the atmosphere and that something bad is going to happen. 'For now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring'. On hot days, it is quite common for young men to lose control as Benvolio quite rightly suggest here. ...read more.


'Boy, this shall not excuse the injuries that thou hast done to me, therefore turn and draw' Here we have Tybalt is referring to Romeo as 'Boy', which is another term for 'servant'. Romeo apologizes, and still refuses to fight. Romeo says that now he considers Tybalt family to him his Relationship is singed just by 'paper' and that in real life they shall be enemies. 'And good Capulet, which I tender as dearly as mine own, be satisfied'. Here Romeo is being quite wise, as he knows it's not a good idea to fight one of his relatives however we all know that his real motives are to protect Juliet, and backs down from the challenge that Tybalt has put over. The audience at this point will have thought that the heat of the scene has finally cooled down; however, Shakespeare uses his brilliant mind to bring everything back to life. In the next line, Mercutio says a line to put Romeo in his place, 'O calm, Dishonourable, vile submission!' This sentence gets more aggressive after every word as Mercutio elevates the amount of anger that he feels after each word. Mercutio then goes on more hilarious comedy related lines explaining that when they fight that he'll chop off Tybalt's ears. Even before battle Mercutio will still taunt his enemy with humorous lines. Tybalt then says: 'I am for you', he draws and the fight finally gets underway. The situation escalates as Mercutio and Tybalt are at their highest level of motivation in this fight meaning neither of them cares about anything else; only to kill each other is the only thing on their minds. Tybalt and Mercutio then start to fight. Romeo is worried and steps in to stop the fight, as they stop fighting for a second, Tybalt sticks in a cheeky blow into Mercutio under Romeo's arm. Instantly there is a problem for Mercutio as he says: 'I am hurt'. ...read more.


'Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill'. The prince wants to stress that if he let's Romeo off with murder, what's there to stop him for taking more lives. We now feel as if a case needs to be fought for Romeo to clear his name. Act 3 Scene 1 plays a major role in the effect that the whole Romeo and Juliet play has to offer. A whole range of tension is built up from the start of the play and is released. If Mercutio had taken Benvolio's advice at the start of the scene, we would have a very different ending of the story. This particular scene would also require a lot of preparation to be thought through before it is performed to an audience and would probably be one of the most remember scenes. We learn that different characters behave with different actions to each other and this compliments the heavy battle like and tragic atmosphere. The scene has been cleverly thought out by Shakespeare to produce drops and climax's to maintain the audience's interest multiple times throughout the scene. Slowing down and increasing the tempo adds to this. Conclusion Furthermore, Shakespeare has used a variety of different devices to excite and interest the audience. The development of the plot contributes to the suspense and tension leading up to the climax of the scene. The audience have experienced so much emotion and hard shed in this play. Act III, Scene I acts as a turning point in the play simply because it delivers a contrasting style and pace to the previous scene, and also because so much important happen in such a short period of time. The Prince's words at the end of the play interest and involve the audience by saying some strong words and giving out punishments for various things, including Romeo's banishment. He promises that someone will pay for the recent happenings, so the audience will be extremely excited to see what comes next. ?? ?? ?? ?? By Lamar Hewitt 10JA ...read more.

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