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Romeo and Juliet How has Shakespeare made Act 3 Scene 1 dramatic and exciting for the audience?

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Romeo and Juliet How has Shakespeare made Act 3 Scene 1 dramatic and exciting for the audience? The pace and action of act 3 scene 1 is swift and dramatic. The scene begins playfully with Mercutio jesting with Tybalt, but the joke turns sour when Tybalt accuses him, saying he 'consortest with Romeo'. Mercutio and Tybalt then start to 'brawl'. When Romeo enters he tries to stop the fight in defense to his new loyalties to Juliet's family, but he gets in the way and Tybalt stabs Mercutio under Romeo's arm. Romeo then blames himself for Mercutio's death and wants revenge. Romeo and Tybalt begin to brawl and Romeo kills Tybalt. Act 3 scene 1 is a very important scene in the play for a number of reasons. Firstly, it is the last appearance of Tybalt, Mercutio who die and Benvolio. After this scene the play concentrates on Romeo and Juliet, as their tragedy speeds to its close. Secondly, after this scene the feud between the two families is enhanced, this is mainly due to the fact that Tybalt has been killed by one of the Montagues. Also after this scene, the play become more intense, as Juliet's wedding to Paris has been brought forward to try and cheer her up. This make the audience feels more anxious, as they want to see how Juliet will overcome the problem. ...read more.

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However the 'appertaining rage' is how he really feels towards Tybalt, so this really shows the audience how strong his love for Juliet must be. When Tybalt is fighting Romeo, Romeo is desperate not to start a fight and desperately pleads with Tybalt, Romeo says 'I do protest I never injured thee' this again shows that even though he is attacked by Tybalt he still desperate to stop the fighting, because of the love he feels for Juliet and his new in-laws. Also when Mercutio and Tybalt are about to have a fight Romeo is still desperate to stop the fighting and dreads what might happen, he says 'Draw, Benvolio, beat down their weapons.' This means that he wants Benvolio to draw his sword so that he can beat down Mercutio's and Tybalt's swords to stop them fighting. This again shows the audience that Romeo is desperately trying to keep the peace. After Mercutio is slain though Romeo's mood changes dramatically. At first he feels very guilty and upset about Mercutio's death and wishes he had fought. Shakespeare has shown this by making Romeo say 'My very friend, hath got this mortal wound In my behalf; my reputation stained With Tybalt's slander' His guilt and regret are shown in the words 'stained' and 'slander' and Shakespeare shows that his reputation has been crushed by Tybalt's actions by using these two words. ...read more.

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However, as he does this, he feels disappointed that Romeo has let his family down by not fighting but he also feels angry that his good friend is being attacked. The audience can see this by Shakespeare's use of words when Mercutio says 'O calm dishonourable vile submission' the word 'dishonourable' in this sentence shows that Mercutio is disappointed with Romeo for letting his family down and the words 'vile submission' emphasis to the audience the strength of his anger. He then tries to provoke Tybalt, by saying 'Tybalt you rat-catcher, will you walk?' when he calls Tybalt a 'rat-catcher' he tries to use insults to wind up Tybalt, and when he says 'will you walk' he is asking Tybalt to fight. Even when Mercutio lies dying after being stabbed by Tybalt, Mercutio is still portrayed as comical by saying his fatal wound is 'but a scratch'. This refers back to the line where Tybalt calls himself the 'King of cats' and so Mercutio is still trying to insult Tybalt by saying that his wound is a mere 'scratch' from the 'cat'. In conclusion to the question I think that Shakespeare has made the scene dramatic and exciting for the audience in a number of ways. Firstly he has given the main characters several moods so that the scene would always be changing from one mood to another. Secondly he has made the mood of some characters very aggressive so there would be a lot of action. And lastly he has made two people die in the scene so that there would be a sense of dismay and justice. ...read more.

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