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Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet

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Q. How does Shakespeare use dramatic devices in Act III Scene I of Romeo and Juliet in order to make it such an interesting, exiting and important scene? Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy, which also has hints of a romance in it. It is about two 'star-crossed' lovers who met because of their fate. They come from two rival families, which have ongoing tensions between them. These tensions occasionally lead to fights and brawls. They have been rivals for so long that no one remembers when the feud between tem has started. The basic plot of the play is that two of the most important families in the state of Verona, the Montagues and the Capulets, are engaged in a deadly feud. However, no-one can remember how it started, but it involves everyone, from the servants to the most distant relatives. One day Romeo Montague finds out there is to be a masked ball that same evening at the Capulet's house. He then decides to gatecrash the party because he hopes to see the girl he loves - Rosaline. ...read more.


Benvolio is known for his peace keeping by other characters in the play. This is shown when Mercutio and Tybalt are dueling, and Romeo says to Benvolio: Draw, Benvolio beat down their weapons. (Romeo and Juliet, Act III, Scene I, Line 57) This shows that Benvolio is a known peace maker. Shakespeare contrasts the mood and atmosphere of this scene with the romantic atmosphere of the previous scene in numerous ways, and I will attempt to illustrate them. The mood in the previous scene is romantic and positive. This contrasts to the 'fight scene', as it holds something completely unexpected. There is a brawl. Also, there is chaos, fury, revenge, death and murder. In addition, the marriage scene is relatively calm and is joyous, while the 'fight scene' is extremely violent, with hatred and destruction. Shakespeare also links the 'fight scene' to other events in the play, in different ways. These links include the feud between the Montagues and Capulets, previous public brawls and the Prince's warnings. It is linked to the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets, because the fights in this scene take place between the members of both families, and also, because the feud ultimately led to the fight. ...read more.


He is also a peace maker, and tries to smooth things out. This is because Benvolio understands the consequences of a brawl, and the result of the feud, which is why he tries to straighten things out. Among the links between Act 1 Scene 1 and the fight scene, Benvolio is one of them, giving another reason for Benvolio to be the narrator. So therefore Benvolio is the perfect character to choose for the role of the narrator. Overall, this scene affects the audience in a dramatic way because it is the turning point of the play. This is because two people lose their lives in this scene in a fight where the result could have been only death. The previous scene is a romantic scene where Romeo and Juliet get married it is a very joyful scene. However, from the fight scene everything just goes downhill and Romeo has become a murderer. The death of Mercutio and Tybalt makes the two families more serious and angry with each other which would make anyone think there will be more murders and killings in the future. This leaves the audience in a state of shock and surprise. The audience was hopeful that the families could have made peace after the marriage. ...read more.

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