• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Shakespeare uses language and actions in many various ways during Act 3 Scene 1 to develop characters personalities.Some

Extracts from this document...


Romeo and Juliet coursework Shakespeare uses language and actions in many various ways during Act 3 Scene 1 to develop characters personalities. Some devices that may have been used are body language, (facial) expressions, and increasing and decreasing tone of voice. Also tension being built allows us to see how the characters will react or respond e.g. the mixed emotions between the characters after witnessing the death of both Mercutio and Tybalt. The first character to be analysed is Romeo Montague. Before Act 3 Scene 1, Shakespeare presents Romeo as a sad, melancholic youth mourning for his lust Rosaline, however Romeo is saddened by the rejection from Rosaline. Romeo's monologues and sonnets express his inner feelings of being alone in this world and how no one understands him. Trapped in self-pity he locks himself in his room, inventing his own 'artificial night' he avoids his family and friends. However, when Romeo's close friend Benvolio, persuades his to attend the Capulets party, Romeo's fickleness become obvious, this is shown during Act 1 scene 5 when Romeo is entranced by Juliet's beauty "Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night." Romeo's exaggeration shows how romantic he is and poetically he explains his love he is no longer a sad, melancholic youth but vigorous and courageous, risking his life at the Capulet's house to be near Juliet in Act 2 Scene 2. ...read more.


Mercutio: "Thou hast most kindly hit it." Romeo: "A most courteous exposition." Mercutio: "Nay, I am the very pink of courtesy." Yet behind this insulting, childish character is a loyal friend of Romeo's, whenever Romeo is feeling dejected or miserable, Mercutio always tries to laugh Romeo out of his sadness and make him feel a little better "If love be rough with you, be rough with love: prick love for pricking, and you beat love down" Act 1 Scene 4. In addition, Mercutio also shows his loyalty and respect for the Montague family name, this is shown by his acceptance to Tybalt's fight (Act 3 Scene 1) instead of Romeo "come, sir, your 'passado'" this shows his faithful to his friend and wont allow him to make a fool of himself or his family. Mercutio, in Act 2 Scene 4 prepares us for a fight "he is already dead" he claims a there would be death, however even though he is talking in the past tense he has spoken about a character being dead. Mercutio becomes furious when Romeo refuses to accept Tybalt's challenge so he accepts it himself. As a loyal friend, he fights in his friend's honour, Tybalt then wounds him. ...read more.


He makes the audience feel inferior in status "where are the vile beginners of this fray?" shows he instantly takes control of the situation. For once the Prince is more important than the Capulets or Montagues, who always compete with one another The Princes sense of order is logical and fair "Romeo slew him, he slew Mercutio." Tension is built when all characters on stage are blaming one another, but when the Prince does enter the tension is diffused, this is because he claims no one is right and no one is wrong. In conclusion Shakespeare's use of language and actions in Act 3 Scene 1 is not efficiently or powerfully developed much throughout the play. However the only character that develops and changes in Act 3 Scene 1 dramatically is Romeo, in the same scene he is shown as two different characters firstly a he is shown calm and pacifist character, however a later on in the same scene he is a livid murderer. Characters such as Mercutio, Tybalt and Benvolio's language and actions are not changed in Act 3 Scene 1; these characters have remained the same throughout the play for example Mercutio remains sarcastic and witty however Tybalt remains furious and hot headed. Shakespeare does try to use language and actions in Act 3 Scene 1 to develop characters however there isn't a major change. * * * ?? ?? ?? ?? Mandip Rai 10 Green ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Romeo and Juliet section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Romeo and Juliet essays

  1. Shakespeare use of language and actions during Act 3 Scene 1 to develop characters ...

    "Now by the stock and honour of my kin, to strike him dead I hold it not a sin." When Romeo does enter in Act 3 Scene 1, he refuses to fight with Tybalt who is provoking him. "I have to love thee...

  2. Exploring Act 3, scene 5 - How does Shakespeare develop Juliet's character?

    Juliet talks about her love for Romeo as 'pure' - whiter than snow. Even in the darkness of the tomb at the end of the play, Romeo says that Juliet's beauty makes the darkness light. Often the images of light and dark appear closely connected with images to do with eyes, looking, seeing or sight.

  1. In Shakespeare's Tragedies death is a sudden severing of life, his characters die preserving ...

    After Romeo walks into the Great hall at the Capulet's mansion his first words are "What lady's that which doth enrich the hand Of yonder knight?" Romeo is banished from Verona for killing Tybalt and later hears an untrue account of Juliet's death.

  2. Are Male Characters Stereotyped as Violent and Crude? Discuss. Consider Events Up to Act ...

    No sooner has he entered on stage, that Lord Capulet is already calling for his sword to go and join in with the battle. Lord Montague also uses imperatives to indicate his stubbornness and eagerness to fight. They fight to defend their family honour against childish insults and threats.

  1. Romeo and Juliet' by William Shakespeare Analyse acts 1, 2 and act3, scene 1, ...

    Many of his sonnets appear in the first half of Romeo and Juliet, the opening prologue itself is a complete sonnet. It is believed that Shakespeare wrote these sonnets for this Dark Musical Lady I believe that this in fact was not love at all I believe that this was

  2. Act 3 scene 5 is a very tense and exciting scene. Shakespeare makes it ...

    As soon as Juliet realizes that the sun 'has' actually broke, the nurse then knocks on the door and whispers ' Your lady mother is coming to your chamber/the day has broke/BE WARY, LOOK ABOUT' Now at this point of the scene, the tension has reached its climax and the

  1. Show how Shakespeare uses language and imagery to develop the character of Romeo in ...

    O loving hate!' shows that he is quite immature and confused, and that this is the first time he has experienced 'real' love. His anger, confusion and mourning over the situation is juxtaposed with his happiness and love- 'Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health'.

  2. How Does Shakespeare Use Language and Action in Act 3.1 to develop characters?

    Romeo's love for Juliet is real because he is willing to change his name for her and he compares to the sun and describes his love for Rosaline using oxymoron's, which shows that his love for Juliet is stronger than his love for Rosaline.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work