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Romeo and juliet

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Romeo and Juliet Essay In Shakespeare's play of 'Romeo and Juliet' Act three scene one is seen as one of the main climaxes in the play. We can see this from the way that Shakespeare uses dramatic devices to create tension for the audience and conflict. Shakespeare includes Pathetic fallacy, Foreshadowing, Puns and Dramatic Irony to add to this affect. In Act 3 Scene 1, the violence results in the banishment of Romeo. Act 3, Scene 1 begins with Shakespeare telling us it is a hot day. This suggests everyone is feeling hot, tired and bothered. Benvolio recommends to Mercutio that they should have a rest in an area sheltered from the sun. He also points out that members of the Capulet household are out in the streets "And if we meet we shall not scape a brawl.'' Mercutio however would rather stay outside and responds with his good natured humour. The weathers hot and Mercutio is being argumentative towards Benvolio. He is resisting his advice. All the characters attitudes change because of the weather. This makes tension for the audience as they can sense that a fight is going to happen. And you could also say that it relates to their fate or impending doom. "For now, these hot days, is mad bloody stirring.'' Benvolio is clearly shown as the "peace maker" here as he is saying if we stay here in this hot day tempers will flare up and we would then not escape a brawl with the Capulet's. ...read more.

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As a rich jewel in an Ethiops ear: Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear! So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows." Here there are many literacy devices used. There are the rhyming couplets at the end of every two lines and the contrast of light and dark imagery to make Juliet seem to beautiful to live. There is also an example of dramatic irony here, "Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear!" as the audience know something the actors don't. At the masked ball, Tybalt notices that Romeo is at the Capulet's ball which he felt was out of order so he reported it to Capulet himself. "Uncle, this is a Montague, our foe. A villain that is hither come in spite. To scorn at our solemnity this night" But Capulet does not wish for Tybalts fiery, fighting anger to ruin his party. So Tybalt promises that he will get his revenge on Romeo. "I will withdraw; but this intrusion shall now seeming sweet convert to bitterest gall." So we now know that something bad is going to happen. Because of this, this will now be creating tension for the audience. Back to Act 3 scene 1, when Romeo enters the Market place he is in a good mood as he has just married Juliet but only Romeo and the audience know of this. ...read more.

Conclusion

As Tybalt enters, the audience know that Romeo and Tybalt will fight to their deaths as they both want revenge therefore creating tension for the audience. When Romeo says "This shall determine that", I feel he said that as he is now driven on by the passion for his friend Mercutio. They then fight. When Tybalt dies he immediately says" "O, I am fortunes fool." This relates back to his fate that has played with him. Fallen into fates trap. Condemmened himself. Romeos prophetic language also shows us that sees himself as a victim of fate. Like a "puppet" When the prince of Verona finds out of the death that he has overheard from Benvolio, and has listened to the pleas of Lady Capulet and Old Montague, who spoke for their emotionally distraught families, he promises strict justice will be served. But he does not order for Romeo to be executed but instead banished from Verona. Romeo feels that he would rather die because he cannot see Juliet and if dead he will not be able to feel the pain of losing his true love. In conclusion, I find Act 3 scene 1 to be the most epic, tense and memorable scene for both the audience watching it on stage and just reading the script in a book. I feel this way because both the language and tension throughout the scene, especially when we have the two fights; then two deaths keeps us gripped. The audience would love the tension created by Shakespeare. By Ryan Clemson ...read more.

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