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romeo and juliet

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Introduction

? How does Shakespeare use language in act 3 scene 1 to create drama and tension? ? Shakespeare was born in the Elizabethan era. He wrote many famous love plays such as Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet was produced in the 16th century, the play was based on a love tragedy. There are two families, Montague and Capulets who were constantly fighting and in tension. Romeo is the only Montague son, at the beginning of the play he thinks that he is in love with Rosaline, a lady whom we never see. It is the idea of being in love that appeals to Romeo. He quickly forgets about Rosaline when he meets Juliet. Romeo is impulsive and passionate, he falls in love with Juliet and marries her. When his friend is killed by Juliet's cousin, Romeo avenges the murder-and as a punishment he is banished from his native city of Verona and his newly married wife. ...read more.

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When Mercutio is talking he plays with the language. " Come, come, thou as hot a jack in thy mood as any in Italy, and as soon moved to be moody, and as soon moody to be moved." Shakespeare has created an atmosphere that will change dramatically when Tybalt enters. Whilst Benvolio and Mercutio are arguing Tybalt enters and says, "follow me close, for I will speak to them. Gentlemen, good den, a word with one of you" Tybalt is giving a direct address, the atmosphere is tense. Mercutio replies with a confrontation, which makes Tybalt angry. Tybalt talks to Mercutio and Benvolio in an angry and serious tone of voice whilst saying "you shall find me apt enough to that, sir, and you will give me occasion." Mercutio carries on to argue with Tybalt, and then Tybalt makes a remark that Mercutio is gay with Romeo. " Mercutio, thou consortest with Romeo!" ...read more.

Conclusion

Romeo is saying to Tybalt that he is not a villain so go away and leave him alone because he obviously doesn't understand his love for Juliet. Tybalt and Romeo carry on arguing the matter until Mercutio steps in and tells Tybalt to walk. " O calm, dishonourable, vile submission! `Alla stoccata` carries it away. Tybalt, you rat catcher will you walk?" This really shows the audience tension and drama between Mercutio, Tybalt and Romeo. Mercutio tells Tybalt to get out his sword. " Will you pluck your sword out of his pilcher by the ears? Make haste, lest mine be about your ears ere it be out." Tybalt draws out his sword and replies, " I am for you." Mercutio fights Tybalt and is fatally wounded when Romeo intervenes. Romeo tries to stop the fight. This causes tension. " Draw, Benvolio, beat down their weapons. Gentlemen, for shame forbear this outrage! Tybalt, Mercutio, the prince hath forbid this bandying in Verona streets."Romeo explains to them that the prince has excluded this behaviour in the streets of Verona. ...read more.

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