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Romeo and Juliet Act 3 scene 1 of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is one of the most important scenes. It represents the climax to the love story and the beginning of the tragedy. My essay is about the dramatic effectiveness of the scene and the impact it has on the audience through the action and language used. Act 3 scene 1 is the climax of the play. Many things happen in this scene that will influence the rest of the play, for example, when Mercutio dies the play changes from a romance story to a tragedy, Mercutio being the character that lightens up the play. When he dies the audience knows that all the good things have now gone and only bad can become of it. It is very symbolic. Also, when Romeo kills Tybalt, he is banished. This makes the audience wonder if this could be the end of Romeo and Juliet's relationship. This adds more dramatic effectiveness. It is a turning point. The scene before act 3 scene 1 is where Romeo and Juliet get married. It is a very quiet and romantic scene, set in a church, giving it more of a religious theme to it. ...read more.


The tension in act 3 scene 1 fluctuates dramatically. It starts off calmly as Benvolio and Mercutio talk to each other but as the Capulets arrive, the tension increases immensely with the fear of a duel and the added suspense from the heat of the day. While the Montagues and Capulets converse the mood is still quite calm, but the feeling of suspense still lingers. Tybalt challenges Romeo and says: 'You shall find me apt enough for that, sir, and you will give me occasion'. This is where the tension rises dramatically because Tybalt is saying to Romeo that he will find a reason to duel with him. When Romeo refuses to fight with him, the audience knows that Tybalt will retaliate. Mercutio picks up on the tension and duels with Tybalt. After the death of Mercutio there is a great anticlimax. Romeo is enraged at Tybalt again and fights him. At this point the tension shoots up as the audience knows that they will fight until one of them is killed. After the fight the tension fades, but soon rises again when the prince banishes Romeo. ...read more.


The verse is more formal and used at the end to show respect and solemnity. The variation of style contrasts to act 2 scene 6 and act 3 scene 2, as they are much more quiet, romantic and formal and therefore use a great deal of verse. The importance of this scene is emphasized by its relevance to the central themes of the play, particularly fate and destiny. In Shakespeare's time people were strong believers of astrology and believed that a lot of things happened due to fate. An example of this would be how the prologue describes how 'Two star-crossed lovers take their lives'. This implies that this was meant to happen, and that what happened was powered by the stars. This would have made sense to a Shakespearian audience. This scene is one of the most important within the play because it is a turning point from where it is a love story to a tragedy. It is based around contrasts (love and hate, romance and tragedy.) it will have a huge impact on the audience. The events within are crucial to the overall plot of the story. Two main characters die and Romeo is banished. This is a very fast moving scene which is still dramatically effective to a contemporary audience. ...read more.

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