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Romeo and Juliet - ACT 3 SCENE 1

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How does Shakespeare make Act 3, Scene 1 of "Romeo and Juliet" such a violent and dramatic scene for the audience to watch? Act 3 scene 1 is the tipping point of "Romeo and Juliet." This scene comes in the middle of the play, just after Romeo marries Juliet and this scene has the biggest impact on the rest of the play. This is because everything that occurs in this scene changes the outcome of the story being told. This dramatic scene is full of hatred, death and the scene is also mainly male dominated. Romeo and Juliet is a play with many themes. Some of these being love; hatred; revenge; tragedy and conflict. Act 3 scene 1 seems to be the only scene were all these themes collide and that is why the scene is so dramatically tense to read and watch. In this essay I will be focusing on the way that Shakespeare made this scene so violent and dramatic. ...read more.


The play starts of with a prologue. The Prologue does not merely set the scene of Romeo and Juliet; it tells the audience exactly what is going to happen in the play. "From forth the fatal loins of these two foes, a pair of star-crossed lovers take their life. . . ." The Prologue refers to a couple with its use of the word "star-crossed." Stars were thought to control people's destinies. But the Prologue itself creates this sense of fate by providing the audience with the knowledge that Romeo and Juliet will die even before the play has begun. The audience therefore watches the play with the expectation that it must fulfil what is told in the Prologue. The viciousness and dangers of the play's environment is a dramatic tool that Shakespeare has used to make the lovers' romance seem even more precious and fragile. The audience's only break from the brutal world pressing against the love is their relationship. ...read more.


Due to the death of his friend, Rome is full of anger and attacks Tybalt. Tybalts death brings Romeo to tears as he realizes that he is the helpless victim of fate: "O, I am fortune's fool!" he cries, struck deeply by a sense of anger, injustice, and futility. Also I believe that Shakespeare used Mercutio's dying curse upon the houses as the voice of fate itself. To conclude this essay, I believe that Shakespeare uses dramatic irony mostly throughout the scene to create the tension. This is also the same throughout the story, as we know that Romeo is married and so this is the reasons he cannot fight. Shakespeare also uses harsh consonants and words to create dramatic effect on what is being said and also repetition. Repetition is used throughout the scene to enforce anger, or opposite feelings, "By my head, here come the Capulets... By my heel, I care not." Once again, Shakespeare has shown his amazing talents with writing and this scene shows just how carefully crafted his plays are and this is why they are so well known all these years later! Jack Cooper ...read more.

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