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Romeo and Juiliet

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Introduction

How does Shakespeare make Act 3, Scene 1 of 'Romeo and Juliet' so dramatic and tense for the audience, and why is it so important in the play? 'Romeo and Juliet' is a play written by William Shakespeare, It is a very famous play and involves a lot of tension and drama especially in Act 3, Scene 1 . He makes the play very tense and dramatic by using many techniques such as dramatic irony, recurring themes, historical, social, cultural background and his good use of language. 'Romeo and Juliet' is about two lovers who are from too different families the only problem is the families are enemies and hold an ancient grudge this leads to many tragedies and a very dramatic play. Shakespeare sets his first technique at the very start of Act 3, Scene 1. Benvolio says "the day is hot, the Capulets are abroad. he sets the scene very well because the audience are aware its hot and the Capulets are out this is already building up tension because when its hot people are quick tempered. Benvolio tries to keep the peace and convince Mercutio to "retire" and get away from the Capulets as he fears if they meet they "shall not scape a brawl", However Mercutio doesn't listen and makes a joke of it. Mercutio plays on words and is sarcastic towards Benvolio, Mercutio says to Benvolio "as soon moved to be moody and as soon moody to be moved" however the audience already know that Benvolios character keeps the peace. ...read more.

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Romeo then kills Tybalt and as we already know that the prince of Verona said that if the Montagues and Capulets fight again then they will be killed, this leaves the audience thinking Romeo will be killed which then leads up to another climax by doing this Shakespeare is building up a lot of drama and tension and leaves the audience wanting to know what's going to happen to Romeo. In Act three, Scene one a lot of events go on this causes a lot of contrast in characters. A good example of this is when Mercutio is provoking Tybalt to have a fight and Romeo enters, Romeo is in a good mood because he has just married Juliet. Tybalt is quick to insult Romeo: "thou art a villain". Romeo does not react to it and backs down. Mercutio doesn't like this and calls Tybalt a "rat catcher" This is when Tybalt reacts and starts to fight, Mercutio is still very confident "come, sir, your passado!" until Tybalt stabs Mercutio. Mercutio is quick to blame the wound on someone else "I am hurt. A plague o' both your houses! I am sped. Is he gone and hath nothing" this is a big contrast in character because before this Mercutio was asking for a fight and now he is feeling sorry for himself and blaming the fight on the two families. ...read more.

Conclusion

If I was to direct this I would leave the families in separate groups to show the hate between them and have Mercutio dead in front of the Montagues and Tybalt dead in front of the Capulets I would do this to build more tension at the end of the scene. The end of the scene begins to create doubt for the safety of Romeo as the Capulets seek revenge for the death of Tybalt. The Prince has banished Romeo from Verona which we know is going to have consequences on his marriage to Juliet. As the scene closes we are left wondering what the outcome of Romeo been banished is going to be. The Scene is positioned in the Centre of the play because it needs time before to introduce you to the characters to let the audience know who the good characters are and who the bad characters are and build up a relationship. It also needs to set events off which could easily lead to tragedies a good example of this is when Romeo marries Juliet secretly. The play also needs time at the end to have an outcome of tragedy; the outcome of 'Romeo and Juliet' is the two families make friends when they see what has happened and what they have done. In Conclusion to this Shakespeare creates a very good play building up tension and drama throughout. This scene helps this by creating a tragedy which leads the two families into making more tragedies. ...read more.

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