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Romeo and Juliet - Act 3 Scene 1 is a turning point in the play. Bearing in mind what comes before and after how does Shakespeare make this scene so dramatic?

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Act 3 Scene 1 is a turning point in the play. Bearing in mind what comes before and after how does Shakespeare make this scene so dramatic? The events of which occur before and after Act 3 scene 1 are a vital part to make this a turning point in the play. Act 2 scene 5 shows us Juliet's eagerness to see and hear of her Romeo, this scene consists of Juliet's nurse playing on her impatience as she longs to know "what says Romeo?" I believe this is to keep the reader or viewer on the edge of their seat as they are possibly as eager to know Romeos reply as Juliet is. Things start to go awry at the start of act 3 and scene 1, this part sets up an atmosphere of what we are to come across later. The beginning of this act could suggest or provide enough for most people to expect an important turn-around in the story, but there is a big jump from a time of happiness to a time of death in a very short span. ...read more.

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Couple it with something, make it a word and blow." Because of Mercutio's personality, after being injured, we are not sure how badly he has been hurt at that time as he jokes about his oncoming departure, "ask for me tomorrow and you shall find me a grave man." but is also serious in his dying state and places "A plague a' both houses!" Mercutios feud with Tybalt is where the most drama and excitement is placed. Tybalt, known as the "fiery" Tybalt, might be expected to have lashed out earlier, but prolonging the time to which they will fight with a series of taunts really adds to what the scene is trying to create. Tybalt intentions in this scene are to confront Romeo and challenge him to a duel, This is all in attempt to rid him of his anger and hatred for Romeo and to rid the Capulets of him. Tybalt is surprisingly un-moved when he first enters, he ignores Mercutios hints into having a duel and completely ignore any insults thrown at him. With the way his actions change, this moment could be considered as the calm before the storm. ...read more.

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Romeo's objectives and actions change during the scene, this yet another point on which the reader or viewer may find surprising or unexpected. Act3 scene 1 is believed to be where the tragedy really begins. Take into account the previous happenings, it has been more or less very good for Romeo and Juliet. This Scene brings a lot of changes to the storyline and the upcoming scene brings around a more sombre atmosphere where Juliet's feelings and mood change with the news of Tybalt's death and Romeos troubling situation. The language in this scene is very clever and is mostly used by Mercutio. Some very strong parts are spoken, such as "A plague a' both houses!" This seems to be a heartfelt outburst contrary to the comical rambling used as Mercutio dies, shown previously. There are so many different things going on within the first scene. The use of suspicion, tension, action, the language used, uncertainty and surprise and there are several characters all with different goals and positions in the scene. With so many different things for the reader / viewer to focus on and take in it's no surprise that Shakespeare has made this an incredibly dramatic turning point in the play. Words: 1,167 ...read more.

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