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In the play Shakespeare creates dramatic effects to heighten emotions and actions of the characters. By using a range of dramatic devices Shakespeare can change the mood and setting of the play, this affects how the audience react, and emphasise points.

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In the play Shakespeare creates dramatic effects to heighten emotions and actions of the characters. By using a range of dramatic devices Shakespeare can change the mood and setting of the play, this affects how the audience react, and emphasise points. These include dramatic irony for example, "I love thee more than canst devise". Romeo quoted here whilst replying to Tybalt in response to a fight. The quote tells us that he is a kind-hearted peaceful person due to the word "love". The use of dramatic irony here is present as the audience already knows why he was Tybalt. This is of course due to the secret marriage between himself and Juliet. The use of dramatic effects here show the hidden intentions and emotions of the characters. The scenes preceding Act 3 Scene 1 dealt with issues covered in mystery, suspense and excitement. This scene comes as a welcome break in the intense drama, for example the marriage and the secret entrance to the Capulet party. ...read more.

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Whereas in the later part of the Scene the colours are portrayed as dark, deep colours to suggest the wrong doing that take place. These later "dark" parts of the scene are wrote in verse to make the text easier to absorb and comprehend. Also it shows the seriousness of the language. This contrast in colours emphases the difference between humour and death. The colours used help convey the mood of the Scene to the audience. Another example of dramatic irony occurs unexpectedly as it is directly after a humorous prose: "the fee-simple?", Mercutio predicting the future is ironic as he soon after is killed by Tybalt, thus rendering this prediction pointless. Mercutio says, "I care not", when he is informed of the Capulets approaching. This defiant nature gives Mercutio and edge of uncertainty and unpredictability. This unpredictability becomes evident when Mercutio becomes increasingly aggressive towards Tybalt. His hatred for Tybalt leads him to request a fight. ...read more.

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This shows Mercutio's hatred for Tybalt and his intentions. Tybalt also makes numerous insults towards Romeo to rile him into a fight, "...thou art a villain". This shows that Tybalt is a very violence motivated person, who thrives on blood and conflict. Yet Romeo refuses to fight. Romeos peaceful response to Tybalts offer of a fight, instills different attitudes and perceptions between, Mercutio and Tybalt. For example Mercutio at first laughs, thinking that Romeo had made a sarcastic gesture, then as he realises Romeo's sincerity he becomes angry and annoyed at Romeo, and Tybalt, "O, calm dissonarable, vile submission". Tybalt too unsure how to receive Romeo's comments becomes angry and perceives that Roemo is mocking him. He wishes to fight even more strongly now, although Romeo was being true. As Mercutio is injured suspense is created on stage, this breaks up the intense action of the Scene, and allows the audience to reflect on the happenings that have just gone on. The death of Mercutio infuriates Romeo, "Now, Tybalt, take the "Villain" back again." This is unlike Romeo as he is usally a loving caring person, that doesn't rise to a fight lightly. ...read more.

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