• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

romeo and juliet course work

Extracts from this document...


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.


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.


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Writing to Inform, Explain and Describe section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Writing to Inform, Explain and Describe essays

  1. Romeo and Juliet

    He isn't really in love, but he pretends to be in love. In Act 1 Scene 1 he was not part of the feud. He wasn't at the fight in Act 1 Scene 1. Support for this is when he says "o me, what fray was here?!"

  2. Memorable occasion

    The sounds of fluttering droned out the high pitched screaming of the crickets. It was then that I saw a woman who was in the way of the moving procession, closing her eyes and incessantly praying. It appeared as if she was in a trance and she didn't seem to

  1. How does Shakespeare create tension and keep the audiences attention in Romeo and Juliet ...

    'Tybalt, my cousin! O my brother's child! O Prince! O husband! O, the blood is spilled of my dear kinsman.' By using lots of exclamation marks and short sentences Shakespeare creates this worried, angry and tense lady. The next scene I am writing about is Act 3 Scene 5.

  2. How does Shakespeare make the prologue and act 1 exciting, dramatic and memorable for ...

    oxymorons such as "there's much to do with hate but more to do with love" and "o brawling love, o loving hate". These oxymoron's mirror the plays main themes of love and hate and show that there is something amiss.

  1. Romeo and Juliet

    "To have dealings with members of the lower castes was always, for Bernard, a most distressing experience" pg.55" Here we see Bernard, of the higher class in the brave new world society, not wanting to deal with lower castes because he had been conditioned in such a way that people underneath with were not as good as him.

  2. Macbeth - Shakespeare

    She also uses his weaknesses to get her own way and directs her orders to him personally. 'Why did you leave the chamber?' - she starts to distant herself to make the situation more serious and make Macbeth realise that she refuses to fail.

  1. Bond Farewell

    I am aware that I have a silly grin plastered on my face. I couldn't have picked a better opening line myself. It would be great if I can earn the right to my own catchphrase which would become associated with me.

  2. "He's not actually a vampire. Do you honestly believe the rumors? "Of course I ...

    Was she mad at me? Was she going to try and find out about my eyes again? "L-look," I said hesitantly, "about yesterday?" "Forget it," she said, cutting me off. "It?s too embarrassing to bring up." "I'm sorry." "No. I'm the one who should be saying sorry."

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work