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Romeo and Juliet - How does Shakespeare make act 3 scene 1 dramatic?

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How does Shakespeare make act 3 scene 1 dramatic? Shakespeare creates act 3 scene 1 to be dramatically effective, by using dramatic irony, sympathetic background and other theatrical effects. A dramatic effect is something that is either emotional or sensational that creates tension and builds up a scene or event. Act 3 scene 1 is dramatically effect because it has emotional, sensational, climactic and thrilling events throughout. Before the start of the scene their was two very significant events which have helped create tension, one of these events, the marriage of Romeo and Juliet is used to create dramatic irony as the only people to know about the wedding is themselves and the audience. Therefore the other characters don't know about it and this effect then allows the audience to visualise and wait with tense anticipation to find out what will happen and follow on from this huge event. The night before at the party causes plenty of anger and frustration for Tybalt this has effects on other characters as well "we shall not scrape a brawl, for now these hot days, is the mad blood stirring" L3-4. ...read more.


"...either withdraw unto some private place, or reason coldly of your grievances" l.44 Here Benvolio is showing his contrast in characters between him and Tybalt and also he is showing his good-natured side as he is trying to reason with him instead of causing a fight. Romeo is love-struck, romantic, emotional and daydreamer character. "...fire eyed fury be my conduct now!" L115 Romeo here is being very touchy and emotional and is stating that he will do as his emotions feel, as he has just lost his best friend in Mercutio. These words are building up to a sense of fore-boding. "I thought all for the best" L.87 Romeo's judgement of whether he should of stepped in, seems to have been the wrong one, as he is almost apologising by what he is saying. His judgement was probably clouded by the love and emotions he his feeling. The arrival of Tybalt on the play is very important as he is their to be provoked by other characters and then causes tension and frustration, making the audience excitable and allowing them to ponder the future, so it leaves them in suspense. ...read more.


Shakespeare uses the pun here to make it more effect and it gives the dying man a "famous" last line. The effect of Mercutio's death on the audience is one of sadness, yet gives them a feeling of thrill and excitement as they are not to know what will happen next with Romeo, you can again sense there is more big excitement to follow. Romeos reaction to the death is of revenge he is determined to make Tybalt pay for what he has done to his close friend. Once Romeo has killed Tybalt there is a sudden shock....... What has happened? Another death!! What is going to happen? This is good because it makes the audience ask themselves what is going to happen and keeps them thrilled and wanting more. We as the audience are left feeling satisfied and thrilled at the end of the play, we are also shocked by the events that have taken place, this scene is dramatically effective in many ways. Some of the important techniques used to make this a thriller are a convincing plot, plenty of surprises/twists, climaxes and memorable speeches, words and actions. ...read more.

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