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Discuss how Shakespeare uses dramatic devices in Act 3, scene 1 of 'Romeo and Juliet' to lead the play towards tragedy. Tragedy is a manner of drama that creates demonstrations of serious human actions and issues. They mainly display the downfall or death of a high status man or woman. They therefore raise deep philosophical queries about things such as the meaning of human existence, fate and morality. Most commonly in a tragedy we perceive the heroes reach, a 'peak of happiness' followed by a peripatetic where events take a turn for the worse. In the 16th century it was predictable that the lives of two rebellious lovers would end in tragedy as there was a great deal of religious tension across England and most people would have experienced religious conflict in their lifetime. ...read more.


Here when Romeo has killed Tybalt he cries out: "I am fortune's fool". This exhibits that Romeo has realised that the fates have doomed this to happen and he personifies 'fortune'. Fortune would have been important to a 16th century audience as there was less science in those days, and although religion played a big part in their lives they were still very suspicious with the dark arts. Shakespeare establishes the sense of tension in Act 3, scene 1, through initial dialogue between Benvolio and Mercutio. The first four lines delivered by Benvolio (the alleged peace keeper) tell the audience that 'the day is hot'. This indicates anger and warns the audience of tension, as heat is usually linked to resentment. It also helps to set the scene. ...read more.


'Thou wilt quarrel with a man that hath a hair more, or hair less on his beard, than thou hast' this is also a typical example of Mercutio's wit and infuriating conduct. Tybalt's entrance signals further tension since the audience knows that Tybalt is in-fact searching for Romeo, who gate-crashed the 'Masquerade'. It creates furthermore tension as the previous scene was their wedding and that Tybalt and Romeo are now related. Shakespeare staggers the entrances of each character to gradually build up to a tragedy. Next then enters Romeo, content with the way things are going and treating the opposing family as family! This is a tense moment for the people in the audience. Each dramatic device builds up to furthermore tension, mainly with the dramatic irony Shakespeare plays, keeping the audience on the edge of they're seats and wanting more. ...read more.

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