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The dramatic devices in Act 3 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet

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Discuss the dramatic devices in Act 3 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet and how they are used to present the theme of conflict. Why is this scene important to the play as a whole? The drama, Romeo and Juliet, is set in a social and historical context. The play as a theatrical experience would have to be a violent, bloody, and gruesome scene. The audience would shout and jeer at the actors, and some shouted rude remarks. Some of the audience would climb on stage, whilst others would join in with the sword fights. People also brought food with them to eat, or to throw at bad actors. The theatre in London was an entertainment for everyone. The cheap tickets would cost 1 penny (which everyone could afford), and the pricey tickets would cost a six pence, these were rich merchants and nobles. Romeo and Juliet is a tragic love story. The two major families of Verona (Montague's and Capluet's) have a great feud. Romeo (Montague) falls in love with Juliet (Capulet), and they end up declaring each others love at a party. They marry in secret, with the help of Friar Laurence. Tybalt (Capulet) quarrels with Mercutio and kills him. Romeo gets cross, and then kills Tybalt. Romeo gets banished from the city walls, and ends up spending the night with Juliet. ...read more.


Girls, when young were taught from the age of five, by tutors at home. Various languages were taught, such as Latin, Italian, Greek, and French. Music and dancing were generally not taught, as it was a skill that wasn't required. Elizabethan women were also not allowed university. In the 16th century it was possible to marry from the age of 12, although permission was required for this. Elizabethan women were expected to bring a dowry to the marriage. This meant large sums of money, goods, and property. It also referred to her marriage portion. After marriage, Elizabethan women were expected to run household tasks, and provide children. Elizabethan women were also raised to believe that they were inferior to men. World - During the 16th century, the Spanish armada had just started. Philip II and Elizabeth I initially got on well.Philip II wanted to marry Elizabeth. There was friendship between the two,this friendship very quickly turned to tension and rivalry. Eventually war broke out.In July 1588, Philip sent a huge Armada (Navy) of 130 ships and 30,000 men. Act Three, Scene 1, fits into the play as a whole, coming directly after the romantic atmosphere. This is therefore the pivoting point of the play. Before this pivoting point, there was love, romance and happiness. ...read more.


A pun is a joke, based on the use of word/s, which has more than one meaning but the same sound. Mercutio and Romeo often exchange puns with one another in the play: Mercutio -"Nay, gentle Romeo, we must have you dance." Romeo -"Not I, believe me. You have dancing shoes / with nimble soles; I have a soul of lead..."(Act 1, Scene 4, 13-5) Romeo has used the word "sole" when referring to Mercutio's shoes, then made a pun by referring to his own "soul." Even at the point of death Mercutio can't resist punning "ask for me tomorrow and you shall find me a grave man" (Act 3, Scene 1, 89 - 90) Repetition was a favourite and very effective, dramatic device of Shakespeare. This could be a word, sentence or phrase. For example Lady Capulet says: Saint Peter's Church shall happily make thee there a joyful bride. Juliet: Now by Saint Peter's Church and Peter too, He shall not make me there a joyful bride. (Act 3, Scene 5, 114 - 117) This dramatic device also gives tension to the plot, and an insight to the two characters more. Dramatic irony is a great to get the readers attention. Irony is when the audience knows something that the characters don't. For example Romeo will not fight Tybalt because he is now married to Juliet. The characters don't know this because they didn't see the wedding, but we saw the wedding so we know why he can't fight. ...read more.

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