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Romeo and Juliet

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Introduction

How does Shakespeare use dramatic devices in Act 3, scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet in order to make it such an interesting, exciting scene? Romeo and Juliet was written by William Shakespeare. It is a famous play which brought the audience to tears. Romeo and Juliet is about two families who don't like each other and a young girl called Juliet falls in love with a boy called Romeo who is their enemy. Romeos friend gets killed by Tybalt (Juliet's cousin) because Romeo wasn't fighting back because he was related to Tybalt because he had married Juliet at that time, so Mercutio (Romeos friend) fought with Tybalt. Both Romeo and Juliet lose their lives. The story of Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy because; the two main characters die (Romeo and Juliet) due to their love for each other. The two characters were misunderstood. The Montague's and the Capulet's fight for the power of the city which leads to an ongoing feud. A lot of violence occurred e.g. Tybalt dies and so does Mercutio and they die partly because of the feuds. Paris (Juliet's fianc´┐Ż) also gets killed. There are a lot of misunderstandings such as when Romeo's cousin sees Juliet dead and she really is alive then that leads to Romeo's death which then leads to Juliet's death. ...read more.

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By using these words William Shakespeare has created a metaphor by saying 'bad blood is a feud between the two families. Benvolio associates the heat of the day with hot tempers. William Shakespeare contrasts the mood of this scene with the previous scenes, he does this in act 2 scene 6 by making the atmosphere romantic and he uses the words ' so smile the heavens on this holy act, that after hours with sorrow chide us not' he wrote those words because they match the wedding scene, which is romantic because a man and woman love each other and they swap their vows and promise to spend the rest of their lives together but it is a sorrow as well because the two families don't know about the marriage and when they eventually do find out it will lead to a catastrophe. The wedding scene is romantic and there's a fight scene straight after the wedding scene and it makes the fight scene look unexpected. The wedding scene is very different to the fight scene. The previous events in the play prepare the audience for this exciting scene. The audience finds the fight scene exciting partly because of the previous events in the play. Tybalt's uncle won't let him be the ' big man' because his uncle had a fallout with him and then Tybalt is upset because of this and he takes all his anger out ...read more.

Conclusion

The scene had a dramatic impact when Tybalt enters because Romeo was just married and there Tybalt challenges Romeo to a fight but Romeo can't fight him because there are related and it would damage the relationship between him and Juliet. Mercutio's exit was dramatic because it was unexpected and nobody thought he was going to die and the audience didn't expect him to die. Romeo's exit affects everyone because a lot of people are looking for him and then the prince decides to sentence him to banishment. The plot development is used to create suspense by Mercutio leaving a curse, once Mercutio got stabbed he says 'a plague on both your houses' this adds to suspense because the audience will be wondering whether Tybalt will die or what would Romeo do next, and then the repetition of Mercutio last words to prepare the audience for a reason for the death of Romeo and Juliet. The audience are involved in this scene because at the time when Romeo is refusing to fight Tybalt only the audience knows why he can't fight Tybalt. The audience will feel upset when Mercutio dies but there will also feel suspense because Mercutio put a curse on both families which then leads to further events. The audience may feel excitement about the fact that the audience are involved in this scene. By Sadaf Ashraf ...read more.

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