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In 'Romeo and Juliet' Act 3 Scene 1 the characters of Mercutio and Tybalt meet. Explain how Shakespeare uses them to make the play exiting. In 'Romeo and Juliet' there is a lot of excitement mainly created by conflict

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In 'Romeo and Juliet' Act 3 Scene 1 the characters of Mercutio and Tybalt meet. Explain how Shakespeare uses them to make the play exiting. In 'Romeo and Juliet' there is a lot of excitement mainly created by conflict, which builds tension. Two characters which create a lot of this tension because of their personalities and differences, are Mercutio and Tybalt. Tybalt is in the first scene which involves conflict. They meet in Act 3 Scene 1, which coincidently is a fight scene between them, but they are introduced to the audience separately earlier on in the play. It is noticeable how much contrast there is between them. This contrast may excite the audience because in Shakespearian times conflict would exhilarate and fascinate the audience, along with love and tragedy. When Mercutio is first introduced he is aggravating Romeo about love. It is a light-hearted scene which may relax the audience and also make them laugh. The things he says to Romeo may make sense though. For Example "If love be rough with you, be rough with love:...". He could possibly be saying this to cheer Romeo up. Even though he is very good friends with Romeo, Mercutio creates a juxtapose with Romeo as he believes in lust rather than true love. To exemplify this "... oh save-your-reverence love..." He is a kinsman to the Prince and also a friend of Romeo. He is the main comic character with phrases, such as, "More than Prince of cats..." ...read more.

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Mercutio is very irritable at the start of the scene and is agitating the other characters. He also has a large passage, which, like his earlier scenes, focuses the audiences attention on him. It starts with Mercutio making jovial retorts about Capulets. When told that a group of Capulets are approaching he replies "...I care not". He is trying to impress the people around him. He does this by making fun of what Tybalt says. To Exemplify this, Tybalt asks for a "word" but Mercutio replies "...couple it with something, make it a word and a blow". This may spark off anger in Tybalt because he is being made to look the fool. The language they both use is quite sharp. Mercutio has a clever comeback for when Tybalt asks or says anything. For Instance Mercutio's response to Tybalt is "...what dost thou make us minstrels..." Neither of them want to be humiliated by the other especially in front of the other men. But is Mercutio better with words or with a sword? This is questionable because after their exchange pf words Mercutio and Tybalt start play fighting with their swords, mainly showing off their skills. This gets juxtaposed when Mercutio accidentally gets stabbed because the scene goes from a light-hearted and jolly scene to a serious scene. The Montagues who he is with don't believe he is hurt as they think he is joking due to his earthy sense of humour. ...read more.

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When Mercutio is dying he uses the phrase '... a grave man..." This is more than likely to have impacted the audience because now he is dead. It is very ironic how he is talking about death and then gets killed. Also after Mercutio wishes for "...a plague on both your houses". There is a plague between Verona and Mantua which prevents the message of Juliet's fake death getting from Friar Lawrence to Romeo, so therefore Romeo does not know that Juliet is actually alive, causing him to kill himself. So this I another catalytic scene. It may have caused some uneasiness in the audience because in Shakespeare's times people believed in the afterlife and curses. It would be exciting because they may feel he was doing this from beyond the grave. Authors and playwrights have to grasp the audience attention to keep them interested in a play. They use many dramatic devises including dramatic irony, pathos (sympathy for the young lovers), juxtaposition (between characters and the families) and many others. When writing Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare's intention would have been to make the audience excited especially when the play had to be performed. He uses suspense in the form of secrecy and many deaths. Shakespeare also used the three main genres which make a play exciting for an audience. These were conflict, love and tragedy. This may be why Romeo and Juliet was so successful and is so successful now, because the audience are excited about what will happen next or at the end of the play. ...read more.

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