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How is Romeo and Juliet Act 3 Scene 1 made dramatically interesting and exciting?

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How is Romeo and Juliet Act 3 Scene 1 made dramatically interesting and exciting? Act 3 Scene 1 is a very dramatic scene in 'Romeo and Juliet'. It is the turning point of the play which ultimately makes the tragedy inevitable, the comedy side to the play is killed off when Mercutio dies. The scene is in the middle of the play and the same day as the secret wedding. It is dramatically ironic that the marriage becomes impossible to continue on the same day that it took place. Any feelings of a false sense of security that the feud might be solved due the wedding are lost in this scene. It is also interesting how Romeo, having been so full of love in the start of the play had enough hate for Tybalt to kill him. This scene turns the play in the direction of the chorus, which explains the tragedy to us. The scene is filled with many examples of the themes of love and hate. The theme of hate is quickly introduced into the scene at the beginning when Benvolio is anxious about walking the streets due to the Capulets: I pray thee, good Mercutio, let's retire. The day is hot, the Capulets are abroad, And if we meet we shall not escape a brawl. This is establishing a different mood compared with the romantic atmosphere in the last scene, early on in the scene. By doing this in the first few lines Shakespeare is bringing the audience back from the romantic side of the play quickly and not letting them forget about the feud and, how ultimately, it will cause the main tragedy. The reference to the heat is interesting because often heat is linked with temper and anger, so this backs up the idea of there being a lot of hate around. When Tybalt enters the scene two types of hate are being brought in too; direct and indirect hate. ...read more.


The fact that Tybalt is still alive and is in triumph about killing Mercutio incenses Romeo. This is where the oxymoron of love and hate comes back; so far in the play Romeo has been filled with love, been gentle and generally not interested in the feud, but watching Mercutio die replaced his gentleness with 'fire-eyed fury'. This is linked into the line before about throwing away heaven, it is bringing in the image of religion into the play which was strongly believed by Elizabethans and would have had a large impact on the audience to hear someone turning their back on heaven and basically accepting hell. This could be because Romeo knows he is going to sin by attempting to kill Tybalt so he has accepted it because he is so furious over Mercutio's death. Letting 'fire-eyed fury' conduct him is linked back to hell, he has already disregarded heaven, so it could be understood to mean 'let the devil control my actions'. The last line of the quote is referring to earlier on in the scene when Tybalt tries to provoke Romeo into a fight by calling him a villain although at the time Romeo ignored it and denied the challenge. However after the death of Mercutio, Romeo now suggests that Tybalt should take back his words, or in other words, Romeo accepts Tybalt's challenge. This fight, as well as the previous fight, would have been exhilarating for the audience to watch. It would have been exciting for the audience to watch the play unfold because they are anticipating the tragedy from the chorus, they can understand how all the dramatic events are building up for the inevitable. Some people don't like how the chorus tells you the main plot of the play before you have watched it but I think it helps you appreciate the events more because you can link them into the tragedy and you understand the play better because you know where it is going. ...read more.


The audience would have been left with several thoughts and feelings after this scene. They would be filled with excitement, the scene was a massive turning point. Without the chorus as the start, the audience wouldn't have known about the tragedy so far but this scene sets it in stone and brings all the examples of foreshadowing together to form the tragedy. After the deaths of Tybalt and Mercutio the audience would have been shocked at the violent nature in which they died in. The main part of the play is romantic, so having a violent fight scene would shock the crowd and keep them interested in the performance. The audience would also feel anxious and worried about what is to come, because the tragedy was now unavoidable the audience would be kept alert because they knew something would happen but they didn't know what would happen and when. Some people perhaps would feel disappointed that Mercutio was dead, he was a likeable character because he was so comedic, if the audience preferred that genre of play they would be disappointed because there was no comedy left to come. Act 3 Scene 1 is made very exciting and dramatically interesting mainly because of the oxymoron of love and hate between Romeo and Tybalt. It drives the scene forward because of Tybalt's hate for Romeo two fights are started, which are exciting for the audience. This contrast is also shown between the act 3 scene 1 and the scenes either side of it. Both of them are filled with Juliet's love, which contrasts all the hate and violence in III, I. This scene is a very important scene in the play and turns it around completely. The scene leaves the audience feeling shocked and changes their views on some of the characters. I think that the scene is well written and is effective in what it was written to achieve, to send the play into the tragedy. Word Count - 3,263 ?? ?? ?? ?? Ben Dewsnip 19th May 08 10co 1 ...read more.

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