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English GCSE Coursework Shakespeare How does Shakespeare use violence and conflict in Act 3 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet in order to make the play appeal to the audience? Shakespeare use's violence and conflict in Act 3 Scene 1 of 'Romeo and Juliet', to make the play appeal to an audience by The plot of the play is explained during a short prologue, he gives hints to the audience, in the prologue, to telling them of some of the key themes he is involving in the play. By writing lines like, "from ancient grudge break new to mutiny" and "a pair of star cross'd lovers take their life", it entices the audience into wanting to find out the details behind the basic plot. It allures the audience by explaining that the parts of the play they love, will be very involved in the many of the scenes to come. The former of the quotes, explains that there will be violence and fighting ahead, and the latter, that the play is a tragedy as it foresees the love of a doomed couple. It warns them of their inevitable death. A Shakespearian tragedy is a five act play that ends in the death of most of the major characters which could have been prevented. The play fits into this explanation, because entails the events of the play 'Romeo and Juliet'. Start with the deaths of Tybalt and Mercutio. ...read more.

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The scene fits in with the play as a whole because of the key themes used and carried out throughout the entire scene, from fate to violence. Take the mid-section of the scene for instance, when they do fight, Mercutio dies and in a fit of rage Tybalt is killed also. This all fits in with play's themes and follows suit in the form of conflict, violence and eventually death. Lines like, "You will find me apt enough to that, sir, and you will give me occasion" show the everlasting threats and taunts of conflict going on to build the scene. The first half of the scene is a build up, its there to help transition to the action and events to come a little later in the scene. This so happens to be the deaths of two main characters, which slots the scene in perfectly with the tragedy theme of the play. Shakespeare's use of dramatic irony adds to the suspense for an audience. Like the line in Act 3 Scene 1, "Villain I am none, therefore farewell, I see thou knowest me not." It creates suspense because he refuses Tybalt's offer to fight. This being an unusual response to Tybalt's comment causes Tybalt to pause before reacting. There is tension in the audience because they known of the reasons as to why he reacts as he does. There is irony because the audience know that if the characters knew of the reasons, like the audience do, as to why he backs down and will not fight, there would be no conflict or battle needed and they would all be living, not dead. ...read more.

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So the writers had to keep them entertained, however possible. All the fighting and deaths would appeal to them because they would often get riled up due to the anticipation of the fights, they would jostle and shout aid to their favouring characters and they would not be disappointed because of a lack of plot and events. The effect on the audience at the end of the scene, because of the prince's speech, is that they get confused of the future of Romeo and Juliet. They are confused because it means that Romeo and Juliet's marriage means nothing now because they can't be together. The romantic, loving and beautiful scene that lay before the prior apparently doesn't matter now because Romeo is banished, and all is lost for their untainted and unconsummated marriage. Act 3 Scene 1, is a very important scene to the play, it shows many things about love and war, death and hate. Romeo acts completely out of charter when he dismisses the abuse put to him by Tybalt because of his love for Juliet, but he strikes against that when he proceeds, in a fit of rage, to kill him only moments later because of the grief brought on after Mercutio's death. The both deaths could have been prevented if Romeo had just confessed the reasons he gave Tybalt for not reacting, his love for, and ultimately his marriage to, Juliet a former Capulet. This scene shows the devastating truth and irony about love, life and all the little things in between. This scene is emotion at its highest and best. ...read more.

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