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Romeo and Juliet - How does Shakespeare create interest and excitement for the audience? Analyze Act 3 Scene 1 closely, but refer to other parts of the play too

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English Coursework-Romeo and Juliet How does Shakespeare create interest and excitement for the audience? Analyze Act 3 Scene 1 closely, but refer to other parts of the play too In this scene Shakespeare uses a variety of methods to increase the audience's interest of the play. Shakespeare also creates a very dramatic story in this scene which is exciting for the audience in itself. Ultimately the events in this particular part of the play, will contribute to the eventual the deaths of the two main characters - Romeo and Juliet. The first speech is Benvolio telling Mercutio that if they don't go home they will meet the Capulets who are out on that day. He says "we shall not scape a brawl." This makes the audience think of what the Prince said at the beginning of the play Act 1, scene 1-" If you ever disturb the streets your lives will pay the forfeit of the peace". This creates tension in the scene because you do not know if the families will fight again, and if they do they will get punished. ...read more.

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Mecutio and Tybalt are using fighting talk such as "make it a word and a blow." And they are also insulting each other "What, dost thou make us minstrels". The audience are kept on the edge of their seat here because they know if this keeps on happening a fight will take place and the audience know what the dire consequences will be for the characters. This small section at the beginning of the scene is already building up tension within the audience. Shakespeare also uses dramatic irony effectively in this scene. In Act 2, Scene 6 the priest agrees to marry Romeo and Juliet thinking this will stop the fighting. So straight after the marriage in the next scene Romeo says to Tybalt "I love thee more then thou canst devise." This leads to Tybalt thinking that Romeo is mocking him and eventually to the point where Tybalt wants to fight him. Tybalt calls Romeo "boy" which raises more tension. Obviously what the priest has done has lead to more fighting. Tybalt does not understand that Romeo has married Juliet but the audience knows this, so the dramatic irony is creating tension. ...read more.

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They would be shocked as to what has happened in the scene and it would be a shock for them seeing as the main character has been banished. This would also shock them because they would not understand how his and Juliet's relationship would conclude. But as we know the deaths of these characters also leads to the death of the Romeo and Juliet. During this scene Shakespeare's techniques constantly flow on to each other. Shakespeare delights the audience throughout the scene with the many important happenings, such as the banishment of Romeo. As the death of Tybalt leads to Romeo's exile and therefore to all the other parts that take place you could say that this was one of the most important scenes in the play. The audience may want to take in to account the other parts that will lead to the death of the Romeo and Juliet such as if the families had not been feuding in the first place but none the less their fate could not be changed. The quote "For never was there a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo" not only summarizes the play but this scene as well. The audience has always been kept interested and excited throughout this momentous scene. Tim Burton ...read more.

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