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How would you use dramatic devices to direct Act 3, scene 1 of 'Romeo and Juliet' in order to emphasise for an audience the conflict and tensions between characters?

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How would you use dramatic devices to direct Act 3, scene 1 of 'Romeo and Juliet' in order to emphasise for an audience the conflict and tensions between characters? The play 'Romeo and Juliet' is full of hurt and conflict. The idea of conflicts is very much like Shakespeare would have grown up in, as he was alive in Elizabethan England. This time of conflict is reflected throughout the whole play. In this time there were many wars, such as the Spanish war which led to the sinking of the ship, the Armada. There were long term feuds within the Royal family and it was a great time of religious change for the whole country (returning the country to Protestantism). Overall Elizabethan England was a time of great conflict and not a very settling atmosphere for the people's lives. The feelings of conflicts have been shown very strongly in what Shakespeare has written. In the prologue it is said about an 'ancient battle', but the meaning is never revealed, but in Act 3, scene 1 the years of arguing lead to murder and after that you can tell that it's leading to tragedy. The essay I am writing on the play 'Romeo and Juliet' will focus on the stage directions. From my stage directions it will make the audience understand the depth of conflict and tension between the characters. In the previous scene, Shakespeare has placed a wedding. ...read more.

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In the lines "By my head, here comes the Capulet's" and "By my heal, I care not," I would make Benvolio say his part in a very worried way and to be looking around frantically, while jumping out of his chair. I would do this to make the watcher know how worried he is that something is going to happen, as earlier on in the play Benvolio expresses that he believes there will be a brawl. This is shown in the opening line "The day is hot, the Capels are abroad, and if we meet, we shall not 'scape a brawl." I would make Mercutio when he says the word 'heel' slam his heel on the table to show that he is nonchalant. When Benvolio says that "here comes the Capulet's" that everyone should look in the direction of the Capulet's and should all be still, this too will make the audience know how tense it is and how it is inevitable that something bad will happen. "Follow me close, for I will speak to them. Gentlemen, good e'en! A word with one of you." In this line I believe that Tybalt should be standing above Mercutio and Benvolio, to make it look as if one party is lower than the other and that at the moment Benvolio is scared of what will happen, but Tybalt does not show that he holds the same worries. ...read more.

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From the onlookers there should be a great silence and a few short gasps and different intervals of this part. I think Tybalt should look directly at Romeo the whole time and should seethe with anger. Conclusion (get rid of in essay) In this essay I have looked at the Shakespearean play 'Romeo and Juliet'. Within this play I have focused on the scene Act 3 scene 1, this part consists of the death of Mercutio and Tybalt, also it has the major fight between Romeo and Tybalt. I think that I have directed the quote "I pray thee good Mercutio, let's retire: the day is hot, the Capels are abroad." And the phrase "Romeo the love I bear thee can afford no better term than this - thou art a villain." I believe that the directions I added in these parts will affect the audience so strongly because these parts to me are the some of the major part in this scene and they have serve great deal of tense and hostility. Also they are great turning points for the play. I believe that the audience that would experience the play in which have directed will go through many emotions. I believe the main emotion that is experienced in this scene would have to be tension and hatred. This scene would set a good contrast with the next as ...read more.

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