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romeo and juliet

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Introduction

How does Shakespeare use dramatic devices in act 3 scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet in order to make it such an interesting, exciting and important scene? By aliyah shaikh Romeo and Juliet is the world's most famous drama of tragic and young love. Defying the feud between the Capulet and Montague's, which divides their families. Romeo the son of Montague and Juliet the daughter of Capulet, enjoy the fleeting rapture of courtship, marriage and sexual fulfilment; but a combination of tragic losses and vengeful events, brings them to suicidal deaths. This then makes both families realise that there hate was the cause of Romeo and Juliet's death; and brings us in to new light, which show us that the family feud has now ended. Coincidentally this view is also shared by Prince Escalus, "Capulet, Montague: see what scourge is laid upon your hate, that heaven finds means to kill your joy with love..." This play is considered one of Shakespeare tragedies because the hero and heroine - Romeo and Juliet, die due to their situation and unfortunate circumstances that are beyond their control. We see this through many aspects of the play, when Romeo's dear friend Mercutio is murdered at the hands of Tybalt; which leads to Romeo seeking his vengeance and killing Tybalt, despite Tybalt being his new wife's cousin. ...read more.

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Dramatic irony in this part of the scene is shown when the audience knows that Romeo and Juliet have just been married and most of the characters are not aware of this, apart from Romeo, Juliet, the nurse and Friar Lawrence. Romeo does not wish to fight Tybalt as Tybalt is now part of his family, and is also Juliet's cousin. Romeo expresses his love for him in the hope that the fight could be averted. "Tybalt the reason I have to love thee doth much excuse the appertaining rage to such a greeting. Villain I am none..." However it becomes unexpected for the audience when Romeo kills Tybalt as it is an event that should not have taken place. The conflict between the Capulets and the Montague's means that the audience would not have expected a Capulet's daughter and a Montague's son to fall in love, despite knowing that both families are sworn enemies. Juliet is well aware of this as she says "my only love sprang from my only hate!" They both know the fates of their families and what causes a huge impact on the audience is the fact that both families want to kill each other on one hand and Romeo and Juliet who are willing to sacrifice and give their lives up for each other on the other hand. ...read more.

Conclusion

This makes a turning point because the audience knows that the situation and the relations between the characters will never be the same. The Prince's words at the end of the play involve and interest the members of the audience. As the prince at this point announces the fate of Romeo and the audience awaits many tense moments to know what will happen to Romeo and what will be the outcome of Romeo and Juliet's love. Also the expression of the Prince and how he is feeling, due to the loss of his kinsman Mercutio, is very important, as it could make a difference in his final judgment in Romeo's sentence. "Let Romeo hence in haste, else when he is found that hour is his last. Bear hence this body, and attend will. Mercy but murder pardoning those that kill." My opinion of this particular scene is that, it is a very touching and emotional scene, where many of the characters face tragedy. I think that it is a very strong and emotionally powerful scene, especially with the ways the dialogues is structured with exquisite rhyming techniques and the repetition. To me the play has been very successful and appreciated throughout the ages, and is one of the many controversial pieces I have known from William Shakespeare. ...read more.

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