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Romeo And Juliet Act 3 Scene 1 and Act 5 Scene 3.

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Sam Rawson E7 Friday 4th July 2003 Romeo And Juliet Task 2 Act 3 Scene 1 and Act 5 Scene 3 are considered by many to be the most dramatic and suspenseful scenes in Romeo and Juliet for a multitude of reasons. William Shakespeare had to consider the probable drunkenness of his Elizabethan audience whilst writing his plays and subsequently had to make them very interesting. The position of Act 3 Scene 1 is in the centre of the play, when everything begins to change. Act 5 Scene 3 is the final scene of the play and had to draw together all the occurrences of the play in a tragic climax of events. Both scenes are in pivotal places in the play and are therefore the two scenes that have to create the most tension. Act 3 Scene 1 is longer than the average scene in Romeo and Juliet, which are 41/2 pages long. The length of this scene is approximately 7 pages. Longer scenes have to create more tension, otherwise the dramatic impact will be lessened and they could seem to drag on. Shakespeare's interesting use of language manages to sustain the neurotic atmosphere. Benvolio - 'By my head, here come the Capulets.' Mercutio - 'My my heel, I care not.' Act 5 Scene 3 is the longest scene of the play because of the dramatic events that unfold. ...read more.

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Romeo also mentions the idea of fate in this play. Towards the end of Act 3 Scene 1 he says: 'O, I am Fortune's fool.' He has found his true love but killed her cousin and is exiled to Mantua where he will not be able to see her. He feels as if fate is playing with him and he is helpless against it, reinforcing the idea that the future is already laid out and cannot be altered. Earlier in the play, at the end of Act 1 Scene 4, he also mentions fate. 'Some consequence yet hanging in the stars...' Romeo is, at this point, heart-broken over Rosaline but can see some greater woe being planned by fate. This shows that he loved Juliet more than Rosaline, as the sorrow of losing Juliet is going to be far greater. Tybalt came across as the leader for the Capulets, and his death results in the Capulets being left without a figurehead. He was a troublemaker: 'Turn thee, Benvolio, look upon thy death.' He picked a fight with the most benevolent character in the play, and without such a ruthless leader the Capulets and Montagues may learn to get along with one another. However, these hopes are dashed as the Montagues are too angered by their loss to consider a peace. Act 3 Scene 1 and Act 5 Scene 3 involve emotions that are still key issues for many today: love and conflict. ...read more.

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The use of blood in both this scene and in Act 3 Scene 1 appeal to a modern audience who would expect it in places where there is violence. It is also a reminder of the characters' mortality - so we can expect death later in the play. Antonyms are used in the play to help show the similarities and differences between ideologies of love and hate. People perceive them as opposites, but in this play they are portrayed as having many similar consequences. Death is a result of hate (Tybalt killing Mercutio for example) but also a result of love (Romeo and Juliet killing themselves for one another). These conflicting emotions cause the characters to act irrationally but in the end both feelings are obliterated, as love no longer exists between our protagonists but neither does hate between the two households. These two scenes highlight the divergent theme that runs throughout the play, showing the differences and similarities between love and hate. A lot of dramatic events transpire within these scenes but the ongoing drama is not lost. This is mainly because from the start of them we know that something big is going to happen, but we do not know exactly how. In Act 5 Scene 3 Juliet herself talks about the possible outcome of her drinking the potion and in Act 3 Scene 1 Mercutio and Benvolio discuss the heat's effect and the inevitable clashing of the Montagues and Capulets. Though these proceedings seem inescapable Shakespeare concludes them in a way we do not expect, making the audience wonder what will happen next. ...read more.

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