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Romeo and Juliet

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How does Shakespeare make Act 3 Scene 1 of 'Romeo and Juliet' exciting and dramatic for the audience? The increase of tension towards the beginning of Act 3 Scene 1 is exceptionally dramatic, especially at times such as the Capulet's party. Romeo's mere presence at this specific time had immensely angered and annoyed Tybalt. He had promised the "bitterest gall" because of Romeo's intrusion, and in this scene it makes itself quite clear. Romeo and Juliet's marriage also has a large impact on this scene, as will the Prince's previous commands from Act 1 Scene 1. Act 3 Scene 1's setting is perfect for setting an uneasy atmosphere - it is called the 'public place', which is likely to be the main square in Verona. We have come across the 'public place' twice before, the first time in Act 1 Scene 1 where the family feuds began and the prince had announced just the previous day: "If you ever disturb our streets again, Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace." ...read more.


At this point, Benvolio notices that the Capulets are walking around the streets, and straight away expects the worse: "And if we meet we shall not escape a brawl." The immense heat encourages even worse tempers that Mercutio is notorious for sporting anyway. The atmosphere is now on edge. Today, Mercutio is in the mood for a quarrel, so when Tybalt appears, also determined to fight, Mercutio jumps at the chance. Mercutio's anger is enough to fill the audience with more anxiety - he will not let Tybalt have the last word. Mercutio is the first to begin the fight: "make it a word and a blow!" He is the first to draw his sword, thus making him the prime trouble maker. It is now inevitable to the audience that the public place is not going to be a place of happiness this time. Mercutio is instantly irritated when Romeo takes Tybalt's insult as mild, and therefore draws his sword to attack Tybalt and is quickly injured and dying. ...read more.


He is not at all in the mood for fighting - but Mercutio is. Whenever Romeo confesses his love for Tybalt, Mercutio becomes furious, but it is why he accepts his insults such as "villain" and "boy. Two fiery characters are now brawling in the streets of Verona. "Let Romeo hence in haste, Else, when he is found, that hour is his last." Benvolio calmly tries to reason with the others, and what he says reflects what the audience are most probably thinking. Mercutio and Tybalt would never dream of "reasoning coldly" (earlier, Tybalt had clamed "Peace. I hate the word.") By the time they even gathered at the pubic place, everyone knew that a fight was about to happen - but death was not expected in the slightest, it was accidental. The fact that Romeo stood between then, trying to prevent them from injuring one another, shows he cares but when he moves out of the way, they continue as before. Once their fighting is over, we are again reminded of the Prince's words - and Romeo is banished from Verona. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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