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How Does Shakespeare Use Dramatic Devices To Make 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 To Make 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 very dramatic love story set in Verona where 2 rival families the Capulet's and the Montague's are involved in a family feud. While the families are involved in violence and fights Romeo is getting over his last love Rosaline. Juliet of the Capulet family is being forced to marry Paris a rich and wealthy man who she is not in love with. Romeo then attends a Capulet Get-Together and falls in love with Juliet who he then secretly marries as they are from rival families. The fighting gets worse and Mercutio a good friend of Romeos ends up fighting Tybalt who is Juliet's cousin. Tybalt kills Mercutio, which makes Romeo angry, and so he then kills Tybalt. Romeo is then banished from Verona. Meanwhile Juliet does not want to marry Paris so she fakes her death using a special potion. Romeo returns and believes his loved one is dead so he then poisons himself. ...read more.

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At the beginning of the scene Shakespeare uses certain methods to create mood and atmosphere. He does this by contrasting the setting and the mood into the characters language such as " for now these hot days is the mad blood stirring" this starts of the scene by using language to set scene saying that the hot weather is going to cause hot tempers. Benvolio and Mercutio are winding each other up by using sarcasm and humour. Mercutio says that Benvolio will argue about anything and Benvolio wants to leave before the Capulet's turn up. This creates the atmosphere of a hot day where everyone is on edge setting the scene for a fight which involves the audience as they are very keen to see what happens next. Shakespeare also contrasts the mood of this scene with the romantic atmosphere of the previous scene by making it the complete opposite and very violent. This affects the audience because they are emotionally attached to the young couple and the violent scene is such a shock they feel emotionally attached to the characters and want to see what happens next, Shakespeare links the scene to previous scenes such as when the Prince warns them that the next person who is violent will be banished. ...read more.

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This makes the audience realise that his death is serious. Also highlighting his words " a plague on both your houses" this intrigues the audience, as the words of a dying man are very serious especially when cursing someone. The audience in those times would find this effective and will involve them by making them curious and maybe slightly scared of what will happen next. All these dramatic devices help to emphasise the scene and make the scene an important one. The scene overall affects the audience because it keeps them intrigued, interested and is the turning point of the whole play. After Act 3 Scene 1 is where everything goes wrong and makes the curse of Mercutio seem to become reality. Also the prince's words at the end of the scene interest and involve members of the audience because he does a speech about banishing Romeo which the audience find interesting and are eager to see what happens next. Overall I think the scene the most important scene in the play and is the turning point. I think the dramatic devices Shakespeare uses to emphasise mood and importance keeps the audience interested and the scene exciting and is done in a very clever way. The scene is dramatic and fun and is the best scene of the play. ...read more.

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