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Romeo + Juliet

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Romeo And Juliet By Daisy Evans How does Shakespeare use dramatic devices in Act 3 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet in order to make it such an exciting and important scene? The play begins with two rival families, the Montagues and the Capulets, fighting in the street, which is set in Verona, Italy. At first Romeo is in love with a Capulet, Rosaline. His good friend Mercutio got him tickets to go to a Capulet's party to see if he could meet Rosaline. Instead at the party he meets Juliet and falls in love with them. The nurse tells Juliet that Romeo is a Montague. Although their families are rivals they still get married. Later that day the Capulets and the Montagues had a massive fight. Tybalt, a Capulet, killed Mercutio although he is from neither of the families. Romeo was so upset that he killed, Tybalt, and was banished from the city. Juliet finds out about Romeo, and is very upset although her parents think she is grieving Tybalt. Juliet also falls out with her parents as she's set to marry Paris. In hysterics she goes to the friar who married her and Romeo. He suggests a drug that would put her asleep for about 48 hours, but would suggest no signs of life, to get her out of marrying Paris but Romeo would come get her when she wakes up. A note is sent to Romeo to tell him the plan, but he never receives it. A funeral for Juliet and her family happens, a friend of Romeos finds out about the funeral and thinks Juliet is really dead and rushes to tell Romeo. Romeo is distraught after hearing the news. He buys some poison and races to be with Juliet, to kill himself to be with her. He gets there and drinks the poison, seconds after Juliet awakes, finding Romeo dead. ...read more.


This means that Juliet has made him soft, as he wouldn't fight? In contrast at the end of the scene he's left heaped with guilt and regret because of his actions. Also in Act 2 Scene 6 is very private and secretive, as they want no one to know about their marriage yet. However Act 3 Scene 1 is public and is in view of everyone diverges to the previous scene. The scene links to previous events in the play with the feud between the Montague and Capulet families it builds up tension with their rivalry at the start of the play. Also Romeo goes to a Capulet party which gives Tybalt an even more reason to be angry with him although the head of the Capulet family isn't bothered. This arguing links to the scene as the two families children get involved and it leads to the big fight scene where Tybalt and Mercutio are killed. Romeo refuses to fight, seeing that he is now family of the Capulet's as he married Juliet in a previous scene that day. This links to this scene as his marriage to Juliet results in him declining to fight, which makes Tybalt angry and confused however Mercutio fights for him causing his own death. Romeo says to try and stop the fighting, "Gentlemen, for shame forbear this outrage!" Romeo acknowledges the law of the Prince which contrasts to Tybalt. Romeo mentioning this shows that they have already been warned about their arguments which link to this scene. Tybalt says "Here comes my man" He says this when Romeo enters the scene this is a personal remark as Tybalt is annoyed that he attended their party. This scene is very important as it ties up previous events and shows the outcome of them. Dramatic irony is just irony but in a play. Irony is a situation or speech, which has two meanings to it. ...read more.


However this creates suspense as he says, "My blood for your rude brawls" He is saying that someone has died in this fight that he is related to, which leaves the audience wondering if it's Tybalt or Mercutio. The audience will think it can't be Tybalt he's related to, as he's a villain in the play, so it must be Mercutio as he isn't related to anyone, but still leaves the audience feeling perplexed. He ends being angry again but fairly troubled and sad, as he doubts himself, vacillating between his job to cast judgment and personal concerns. This scene affects the audience in many ways it gives them an array of emotions throughout, as a lot of dramatic events happen. I have shown the audiences reactions from the scene in my essay. The audience display lots of emotions for example fear, confusion, sadness etc. A main factor in the scene that the audience feel is tension this plays a main part in the scene, as there is a lot of tension in the arguing and fighting. Act 3 Scene 1 changed my opinion on the whole play it turned a romance into a tragedy. Although Shakespeare didn't use multiple deaths in his scene it was still effective and an emotional scene. I thought this scene just twisted and went off track I predicted a relatively normal ending for a romantic play and that all arguments would be resolved with a happy ending. However this scene changed that, an expected small fight lead to two deaths, which changed the outlook on the play. There is a lot of "ifs" in this play for example if Romeo didn't marry Juliet he would have fought for himself and Mercutio might of not been killed. Also, if Mercutio wasn't killed, Romeo wouldn't have killed Tybalt and then be banished. However it may not be a happy ending but it finishes the play perfectly. This scene overall makes the play contain more action on a whole and fits in to the tragedy genre well. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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