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Romeo & Juliet Significance of Act 3 - Grade A!

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Discuss the significance of Act 3, Scene 1 Lines 1 - 136 in 'Romeo and Juliet' and analyze the dramatic devices used Act 3, scene 1 is a crucial scene in the play as Romeo and Juliet have just married in secret in the scene prior and only the audience really know about their true love. Shakespeare uses the contrast of the marriage and love of Romeo and Juliet with the continuous conflict of hate between the two rival families, ultimately leading to revenge, guilt and death. Shakespeare uses the strong contrasts of emotions to create an uneasy and tense atmosphere amongst the audience as, what starts of as just a bitter feud, becomes much more and unravels before their eyes. The scene is set "in the public haunt of men" meaning a public place. Benvolio is worried as "the Capels are abroad" so they have to be cautious that the Capulets are near and if they meet they "shall not 'scape a brawl". Benvolio also says the "hot days, is the mad blood stirring", Shakespeare's use of this description immediately suggest to the audience that it is a hot day, as it is ...read more.

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Although he knows what Tybalt really means and says it jokingly, he insists he is insulted and outraged at what he has just been called. Mercutio then takes it one step further and pulls out his sword "Here's my fiddlestick", he does this in a rude manner which would be found as entertainment to the Elizabethan audience and would be still humorous today. Romeo enters and the mood changes dramatically. Tension builds as nobody knows what is going to happen next as Romeo is acting strangely and tries to walk away and says calmly "therefore, farewell". This outrages Tybalt more and he orders Romeo to "turn and draw". Romeo insist he loves Tybalt and refuses to fight him and just want to settle the peace, "good Capulet- which is a name I love like my own name" by saying this, Romeo annoys Mercutio as he is letting down his family and by saying that he is forgetting the long time feud which means so much to both, the Montague's and the Capulet's. The audience knows the real reason to Romeo's strange behaviour, as he has only just been married in secret, to Juliet Capulet, a treachery to his family. ...read more.

Conclusion

He soon hears Mercutio has died and suddenly becomes angry and aggressive, "fire-eyed fury be my conduct now" he wants revenge and his anger is controlling him. Romeo's anger posses him to hurl abuse at Tybalt. The audience is on edge at this point as they have never seen Romeo so angry and wonder how it will turn out. "Either thou or I, or both, must go with him", the audience then knows Romeo is serious at it will be a fight to the death. Eventually Romeo kills Tybalt and is in such shock, he has to be told to run away or else "The Prince will doom thee certain death". Before Romeo exits his last words are "Oh, I am fortune's fool!" this is Shakespeare's message of fate or free choice tying in to the play as the Elizabethans all strongly believed in fate amongst other superstitious things. I believe Romeo and Juliet is still a very popular play today, as it was hundreds of years ago, as the themes and messages of love, hate, conflict, rivalry, fate and religion all apply today and the dramatic devices used by Shakespeare keep the audience hooked and interested. ?? ?? ?? ?? Samantha Neville ...read more.

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