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Romeo And Juliet

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How does Shakespeare use his skills as a playwright to create drama and tension in Act 3 Scene 1? Before act 3 scene 1, Shakespeare builds up tension in the play. At the Capulet's party Romeo, who is a Montague shows up which anger Tybalt. The head Capulet does not let them fight as he says 'let him alone'. The scene before this is a scene of joy and celebration for the audience because although we do not see the marriage, the audience expect that Romeo and Juliet have exchanged vows. This scene is of contrast to that as Shakespeare creates the atmosphere between the two families and the potential for violence is never far away. Shakespeare makes sure that the audience is aware of each character and what they are like. Mercutio is the funny one that the audience love to see on stage and enjoy listening to his sense of humour. Tybalt is a very aggressive character that loves to fight, this excites the audience because they love to see a fight on stage. Small things signify that Tybalt is like this, like the fact that his favourite word is hate. Romeo is more of a loving character that follows his heart, we know this as once he has falling in love with Juliet he will not give up on her even though they come from opposing families ' my only love sprung from my only hate' this quote shows this. ...read more.


Mercutio then tries to goad Tybalt into fighting him instead because Mercutio wants to fight. Mercutio then laughs and makes fun of Tybalt's name, he says 'Tybalt you rat catcher' and he also says 'good king of cats', Mercutio continues to insult Tybalt to try and wind him up and cause a fight and the reference to cats is an extended metaphor as Mercutio mentions it three times. The audience is very entertained by this as it starts to build up tension again and the prospect of there being a fight id increased. The fight between Tybalt and Mercutio than starts. This is just what the audience want to see as the drama and excitement is overwhelming as soon as a fight breaks out. The noise, action and sudden movement entertains and thrills the audience as they love to see a fight on stage, it's very theatrical and dramatic to try and excite the audience as much as possible. Romeo doesn't want this fight to happen so he positions himself between Tybalt and Mercutio to prevent them from fighting 'gentlemen, for shame forbear this outrage'. Tybalt then goes to stab Mercutio and the sword goes past Romeo and into Mercutio who is behind him and Mercutio, who blames Romeo for his injury, in pain says 'why the devil came you between us? I was hurt under you arm'. Even though Mercutio is hurt he carries on making jokes as it is in his character to do so. ...read more.


Shakespeare then uses rhyme towards the end of the scene to give the scene a sense of completion as Romeo is banished and Juliet will not be able to see him again, the future is not clear and they are all anxious to see what happens next. Act 3 scene 1 is an important and dramatic scene as there are many turning points; firstly there is an argument between the Montagues and the Capulets to start to create tension in the scene, another tunring point is the death of Mercutio as the audience like him and they will be saddened by his death and shocked, also towards the end the prince banishes Romeo from the town which makes the audience wonder what will happen between Romeo and Juliet. The audience will be shocked at some of the things that happen in this scene, it is clever of Shakespeare as it makes the audience keep on watching the play and paying attention as they follow the twists and turns of the plot. Shakespeare uses many clever and imaginative techniques to hold the audience in and create the tension and drama that is needed to do so. He uses extended metaphors, and tense dialogue along with arguments between characters. There is great use of dramatic irony throughout the scene and this continually draws the audience in and makes them feel part of the unfolding story. By Ben Wheelhouse ...read more.

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