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Romeo and Juiliet Essay

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How does Shakespeare use dramatic devices in Act 3 scene 1 of 'Romeo and Juliet' in order to make it an exciting scene point in the play? "Romeo and Juliet" is a fantastic play for an audience. It starts off with a public brawl between the Capulet's and the Montague's. Despite all the drama, by the end of Act 2 Romeo and Juliet get married secretly. Act 3 scene 1 comes as a shock for both families as there are two fights, two deaths and a banishment. It's a turning point in this play because the lovers are separated and cannot be together as husband and wife. Act 2 scene 1 starts in a public place in Verona in which the intense heat drives everyone to boiling point. At the start of the scene Mercutio's behaviour is different to everyone else's as he seems more hyperactive. This further aggravates everyone with whom he comes into contact, making a fight unavoidable. Benvolio, being the mature one, warns Mercutio of the entrance of the Capulet's and that the outcome will be a feud. "I pray thee, good Mercutio, let's retire: The day is hot, Capels are broad, And if we meet we shall not scape a brawl; For now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring." ...read more.


However, the modern version shows a car chase which makes it more action packed, increasing the suspense and intensity for the audience. It does not allow time for the audience to express their feelings towards the characters, whereas Zeffirelli's version there is less action which mainly leaves the audience to feel sorry, angry and upset for the characters. After Mercutio's death, Romeo's attitude and language do a 180 turning point as he loses self control. He changes character as before he tried to reason with Tybalt but now he wants nothing more than to kill him, so he can show him what he did to Mercutio. Romeo's language changes immediately to a more insulting tone as he says "Mercutio's soul is little way above our heads, staying for thine to keep him company: Either I, thou or both must go with him." Early in the scene we see Romeo as a person who attempts to solve a problem rather than create one, whereas now we see him as the person who is provoking the situation and developing the fight further by going after Tybalt. The second fight is between Romeo and Tybalt which takes place just after the death of Mercutio and towards the end of Act 3 scene 1. ...read more.


This is the stage in the play where we know that marriage is doomed and there is nothing we can do to change it. I think Luhrmann's version is more exciting and passionate as it focuses on the scenery and the acting of the characters. This is because the scenery doesn't look like it is all in one place and the actors put more emphasis on the lines they are saying. This allows the audience to connect with the characters emotions and feel like they are watching the play form above. Zeffireli's version is more realistic and believable but at the same time imaginative. It's something you would relate to a real life situation as the filming looks more like a documentary than a fictional movie. His version focuses more on the facts of the play, which sometimes doesn't convey the play as creative. This is an effective scene for the audience because it's the turning point in the play, where everything starts to go wrong and important characters are killed. Also, this is where reality starts to kick in as they cannot live happily forever, when they know about the feud between both families. This scene is where most of the action takes place and where Shakespeare pulls the audience in by adding more and more drama, making the play much more interesting to watch! ...read more.

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