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Romeo And Juliet G.C.S.E. Coursework

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Romeo and Juliet Coursework Essay How does Shakespeare make Act 3 Scene 1 dramatic, why is it important to the play. Romeo and Juliet begins as a romantic play but act 3 scene 1 is the turning point in the play as it suddenly changes into a tragedy. Romeo and Juliet are teenage lovers but both come from feuding families " The Montagues" and " The Capulets". Act 3 scene 1 is set on a hot summers day in Verona and starts with Benvolio and Mercutio entering the scene, a square in Verona. Benvolio and Mercutio enter laughing and joking . Benvolio, a very calm and sensible person, suggests they should go inside, out of the sun, by saying " I pray thee good Mercutio lets retire. The day is hot, the Capulets are abroad . And if we meet, we shall not escape a brawl, For now the mad blood stirring". He says this because it is a very hot day and wants to go inside because he is afraid they may get into a brawl with their arch enemies the Capulets . Unfortunately Mercutio, a very volatile and hot headed boy, ignores him and starts to tease and laugh with him. But to Benvolio's dismay the Capulets enter, this makes Benvolio very anxious. He shows this by saying "By my head here come the Capulets". ...read more.

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Tybalt says "Thou art a villain" towards Romeo when he will not fight him. After the first fight when Mercutio has been wounded by Tybalt he curses both the Montagues and the Capulets This would frighten the audience because they were very superstitious at the time. Mercutio uses the words "a plague on both your houses!" three times during this scene as it is because of the Montagues and Capulets hatred for each other that he is dying. He blames Romeo for his death by saying to him " I was hurt under your arm". Mercutio is blaming Romeo because he was fatally wounded when Romeo tried to pull him away from the fight. This will have made Romeo feel very guilty. Although this is a very dramatic scene it is also quite humorous when Mercutio starts to tease Benvolio with silly accusations like "Thou wilt quarrel with a man for cracking nuts, having no other reason because thou hast hazel eyes", "Thy head is full of quarrels as an egg is full of meat", "Thou hast quarrelled with a man for coughing in the street, because he hath wakened thy dog that hath lain asleep in the sun" and " With another for tying his new shoes with an old ribbon". Another funny part of this scene is when Tybalt says to Mercutio and Benvolio "Gentlemen, good den. ...read more.

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This would be a shock to the audience because this fight is the complete opposite to the fight earlier in the scene because this is a fight to the death and it is very dramatic. Romeo then slays Tybalt and flees. Both of these fights are very different and the audience would react differently to them. During the first fight the audience would feel calm because they know it is not a very serious fight. In the second fight the audience maybe shocked or astounded by the fight because this is a fight to the death. Act 3 scene 1 is a very important scene in Romeo and Juliet because it is the central scene of the play which ultimately leads to the tragedy. This scene includes the two fights and the deaths of Tybalt and Mercutio it also includes Romeo refusing to fight Tybalt but then wanting revenge. Shakespeare uses dramatic irony in this scene. This scene also includes the prince's decision to exile Romeo from Verona. The prince's decision is a very important part of the play because the Capulets want revenge on Romeo for killing Tybalt but the prince ignores them and decides to exile him instead. This scene is the turning point in the play because it changes the play from a romance to a tragedy. This would leave the audience feeling sad after the deaths of Tybalt and Mercutio but also for Romeo because he has been exiled from Verona. ...read more.

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