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Romeo and Juliet Samantha Dinsmore Firstly Shakespeare's stagecraft helps to convey the dramatic importance of act three scene one. This scene is in the middle of the play and is a pivotal point as it creates a contrast between the first and the second part of the play. In this scene Marcutio and the Montagues quarrel with the Capulets. Romeo arrives to the scene married to Juliet but before he can tell his good news a fatal brawl breaks out between Tybalt and Marcutio. It becomes dangerous when swards are drawn which results in the death of Romeos cousin Marcutio. Romeos mood dramatically changes. He is enraged, and kills Tybalt. The Prince banishes Romeo. Romeo and Juliet are tragically separated. Shakespeare has carefully placed the scene to cause tension and contrast. Before act three scene one, we see the beautiful and gentile marriage of Romeo and Juliet. The audience is lulled into a false sense of security. They feel empathy towards the character and feel that the relationship is blessed with hope and romance. This is contradicted in the scene immediately after as it conveys death, violence and the unravelling of the relation ship between Romeo and Juliet. ...read more.


The language in this scene is another powerful device that Shakespeare uses to show dramatic importance. He may even use this device more than others as the limitations of an Elizabethan theatre meant that most things had to be described through the characters dialect and actions. In this scene Marcutio and Benvolio are hanging around the town square. Benvolio says, 'for now these hot days, is the mad blood stirring' this gives the scene an uncontrolled feel and makes us think that anything could happen. This would have been very unnerving for the audience and again adds dramatic tension to the scene. Marcutio jokes with Benvolio, teasing him about being hot headed, 'Come, come thou are as hot as a jack in thy mood'. Even thought this is attended as a joke it is very relevant to the events to follow as Marcutio says that Benvolio would quarrel for any reason. However there is an underlining theme in this scene that this joke portrays. They are bored and conflict starts when the Capulet arrive. This scene is very tense as the two apposing characters egg each other on. Shakespeare use of language shows the tension between the characters, as the dialect is quick and very aggressive. ...read more.


It almost scares the audience as in Elizabethan times magic was believed to be real and very dangerous. Mercutios cynical curse is place on the two families as he dies. He mutters 'a plague on both your houses.' This curse foretells Romeo and Juliet's fate, and that nothing good could come of anything now setting a tense and depressing mood in the previously optimistic audience. Now the excitement and confusion gather pace. Romeo instead of keeping his reason paces after Tybalt. He foretells the future. He says 'this days black fate on my days doth depend / this but begins the woe that other must end.' Leaving the audience wondering what will become of Romeo now. Shakespeare uses all these things to create tension in this important scene. He uses the stagecraft and the positioning of the character to visually show the audience the dramatic importance of act 3 scene 1. He has placed the scene careful in the middle and next to an opposing scene. The tenderness of previous scene then the violence of the next. He uses dramatic tension to make the audience feel what is going on for the characters. Changing the mood. He uses language to strongly communicate the mood and importance of a scene and the characters changing relationships. ...read more.

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