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Romeo and Juliet The play Romeo and Juliet was written by William Shakespeare, the famous play write, actor and poet of his time. It was written in 1596. He found inspiration for the play from a poem written by Arthur Brooke in 1562. At the time, England was ruled by Elizabeth the first, who admired Shakespeare's work. This being rare as women did not have a big role in society back then , and were not even allowed to act. The play Romeo and Juliet is set in Verona, Italy. Most people in England had not had the opportunity to travel abroad. So the setting, costumes and references of heat gave them images of what it would be like in a foreign country. The plays gave the mixed audiences the opportunity of seeing how other social classes dressed, behaved and spoke. The entire play happens over five days, in which six people die. This would have made the audience feel shocked and horrified. The play follows Shakespeare's usual structure of five acts, the drama usually being in the middle of the play, As it is here in act three scene one. This part of the play is where the high point and tragic events take place. Shakespeare wrote the play as a tragedy; this is so because of the many deaths and large number of things that fail to go right. ...read more.


Benvolio, the peacemaker, warns them that they could get into trouble if they are seen or heard, ' Either withdraw into some private place and reason coldly of your grievances, or else depart'. Romeo enters the scene and tries to make peace with Tybalt and refuses to fight him. He does not realise Romeo did not receive his letter and calls him a coward and that he has let down his family honour. Tension begins to arise as the audience are aware that Romeos references to the fact that he and Tybalt are related by marriage are true, but Tybalt remains in the dark. The blank verse continues with strong rhythm and carries authority. Tybalt draws his sword which is the first sign of aggression from him after Mercutio insulted him. This would have entertained the audience as he plays with words and shows the contrast between how the different characters speak. Romeo tries to stop the fight between Mercutio and Tybalt, which results in Mercutio being stabbed. Even though this is a very solemn scene , Mercutio still brings up humour by saying, 'It's just a scratch' which relates back to him insulting Tybalt calling him the King of Cats. So even though he is hurt, the audience would believe that he wasn't seriously wounded. The play pivots on the line, 'Oh Romeo, Mercutio is dead'. ...read more.


The peak of emotions would have been at Mercutios death, Tybalts death and Romeo's banishment. Mercutios death would have been an effective way to change the mood as only moments earlier, he is joking around, and the next he is a dying man. Tybalts death would have come as a shock , as the audience would not expect Romeo to be capable of such a thing. When Lady Capulet enters the scene, tension would have grown more as she would be known as an uncaring, unsympathetic and hard vengeful woman. After Lady Capulet's outburst, Benvolio and the Prince try to calm the situation, making the audience feel another wide range of emotions and moods. The Prince responds to the situation by being just to both the Capulet and Montague's. The scene ends on a very solemn note, so Shakespeare makes sure to use his techniques to open the scene on a lighter happier note. Act three scene one is an important and effective turning point of the play Romeo and Juliet. This is due to the tragic events that take place. In this scene, events happen that change the storyline; these are: Mercutios death, Tybalts death and Romeos banishment. To create drama and tension for this scene, it is very obvious to me that Shakespeare was a brilliant play write. Nowadays, play writes and directors use high technology to create all their effects. This proves to me even more how talented Shakespeare was to create such amazing entertainment for the Elizabethan audience through his choice of words. ...read more.

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