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How Shakespeare makes Act 3 scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet dramatically effective

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How Shakespeare makes Act 3 scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet dramatically effective Act 3 scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet is the turning point in the play as it involves the death of Tybalt and Mercutio; the first deaths in the play. This prepares the audience for the eventual tragedy in the play and starts a downward spiral where heated emotions lead to violence and then death. Romeo treats Tybalt kindly but this soon turns to thoughts of revenge in which he blames Juliet. Because of his actions Romeo is banished. Dramatic tension is anything in the play, which makes you look forward to the next twist, surprise, nasty happening, wonderful experience or other turn of events. Shakespeare's Act 3 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet is dramatically effective. Most of the dramatic effect comes from the language used, the mood and how it is created and changed throughout the scene, how the audience contribute in this scene, use of contrast and the structure of the play. This scene is dramatically effective. If a scene is dramatically effective it means when the audience feels as if they are involved with the play and it should grip their attention. ...read more.

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When he says "the reason I have to love thee". This is dramatically irony for the audience because they know why Romeo wasn't joining in and the characters on stage don't know this. The tension between the characters in the scene helps the audience to guess that a fight is going to start. This can also help them to remember the Prince's warning. When Romeo arrives, Tybalt starts trouble as he calls Romeo a villain. Romeo has a consistency to leave his latest love, for example, when Romeo falls in love with Juliet, he had forgotten about Rosaline, who was his present love. This passion for women could make the audience nervous about how Romeo would react if he were to be called a villain. Romeo says: "I do protest I never injured thee, but love thee better than thou canst devise, till thou shalt know the reason of my love". This line creates tension in the audience, as they know that Romeo and Juliet are married and none of the characters know this. The audiences are unsure of whether Romeo will tell Tybalt of the marriage or of what Tyblat's reaction will be if he hears of the marriage. ...read more.

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The best dramatic moments were when Tybalt killed Mercutio and in revenge Romeo killed Tybalt. Consistently the mood of the play keeps changing and this has a huge effect on the audience. Throughout the play, most of the action is taking place particularly in Act three Scene one. This is why I think Ac three Scene one has one of the best dramatic effect throughout the play. The language that Shakespeare has used was effective and written in poetry as well as in prose. Shakespeare has used the language in a good way. For example: some of the words were puns. Therefore clever/ humorous. He also included similes, metaphors, alliteration etc. Act three Scene one is extremely dramatically effective because it makes the audience get involved and think of what is going to happen next. It is also dramatically effective because all the previous scenes were building up for Act three Scene one. It also builds up tension within each character because some characters don't know what the other character knows whereas the audiences do know. I personally think that the 1595 text by William Shakespeare is enjoyable to watch, however it is very difficult to understand. I prefer to watch the Baz Lurhmrann's film because I can get the hang of it and it's less complicated. ...read more.

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