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How has Shakespeare made Act 3 Scene 1 an exciting, tense and moving scene for the audience to watch?

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How has Shakespeare made Act 3 Scene 1 an exciting, tense and moving scene for the audience to watch? Act 3 scene 1 of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" is an exciting, tense and moving scene for the audience; this is because it is an eventful scene and also a major turning point in the play. Shakespeare has deliberately created similarities between Act 1 scene 1 and Act 3 scene 1. He writes about conflict between the Capulets and Montagues in both scenes, and how the tension between the two houses escalates. Tybalt and Benvolio are both present in the two scenes, and their roles as aggressor and peacemaker are also shown. Tybalt's aggressive nature causes his and Mercutio's deaths. This aggressiveness reinforces the character's role as leaders of their houses. The first scene doesn't show extreme conflict, only 'boyish banter,' but the second scene shows serious conflict, with two deaths, and the prince banishing a third. ...read more.

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This in turn causes more tension, because Romeo, feeling remorse for Mercutio, attacks, and kills Tybalt. In Act 3 scene 1 Mercutio creates tension and emotion because he is a joker. When Tybalt fatally wounds Mercutio, Benvolio says 'What, art thou hurt?' Mercutio replies with 'Ay, ay, a scratch, a scratch...' and he sounds like he is joking. But he continues to say '...marry, 'tis enough,' and we know he is 'sped'. Mercutio's personality causes tension, with him taunting Benvolio, 'am I such a fellow?' 'Come, come, thou art as hot as a jack in thy mood.' We know his quarrelling nature that he will encourage people to fight, and inevitably cause his death. Tybalt is different. He says little but what he does say is very provocative. He says 'Mercutio, thou consortest with Romeo,' accusing Mercutio, and starting the quarrel leading to their deaths. Tybalt seems to have patience to start with because Mercutio taunts him 'Tybalt, you rat catcher, will you walk?' ...read more.

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In the Victorian era, people believed that we had a fate set out for us, instead of choice. In the play there are a few vital choices made, which in turn, alters the plot of the play. Juliet chose to marry Romeo, instead of Paris. Mercutio chose to attack Tybalt, so it wasn't fate causing his death. When Romeo kills Tybalt in a quarrel, he comes out with the line 'O, I am fortune's fool,' talking about the God or spirit of fortune, had caused him to attack Tybalt. The prince's role in this play is the voice of authority. He is the overlying ruler of Verona, and what he says goes. He is featured as royalty in this play because the queen would have gone to see the play. Shakespeare wanted to make royalty seem effective, by the way the prince dealt with Romeo. He listened to both sides, asked for Benvolio's views and then made the decision to banish Romeo, rather than execution. This is simply implying that royalty is good, and just. Greg Lorien Page 1 ...read more.

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