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

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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.

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