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The dramatic effect in Romeo and Juliet

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Explore the dramatic effect of Act 3 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet. In what ways can it be seen as a turning point in the play? The hectic storyline packed with love and hate climbs to its dramatic peak in this critical scene where a person whom is nor Capulet nor Montague is caught in a fatal feud in which his life is taken. The complete transformation of Romeo's nature ends in a vivid desire for revenge which leads him into the avenged death of Tybalt and the exile of himself. Throughout the majority of the play, the conflict and consequently the dramatic force behind it is due to the divergence of the two families - the Montagues and the Capulets. These two rivals have been famous for detesting each other and the clash of opposites result in flares of dramatic tension. The constant battle full of conflicting arguments can be seen as creating a dramatised atmosphere full of tense and hot blooded action, thus this part of the play is normally shown as the climax and the twisted turning point from which all seems to go disastrously wrong. The personalities of the characters involved in the enmity is the fuel behind the heated battle in which Tybalt kills Mercutio and subsequently, Romeo taking revenge on Tybalt's life. Mercutio's characteristics can be seen as originating from his name which closely resembles the hot and sizzling planet Mercury. During the battle, he comes across as being fiery and can be generally seen as a joker as he never seems to take the situation seriously, even when he is nearing death. ...read more.


Yet there is also a clash of Tybalt's loyalty and honour and Romeo's "cowardice". When Tybalt personally confronts Romeo, Romeo refuses to fight because of the relation he has now with him: "Tybalt the reason that I have to love thee Doth much excuse the appertaining rage To such a greeting. Villain am I none; Therefore farewell, I see thou knowest me not" In this quote, Romeo is explaining that he has a reason for showing love towards Tybalt, which he and Mercutio is currently unaware of. Mercutio at this moment of time, doesn't understand why Romeo is refusing to fight and consequently thinks that Romeo is a coward. This gives this part of the play a dramatic atmosphere since the dramatic irony from Romeo's love for Juliet combines with the dramatic tension created from clashing personalities. As Mercutio explodes into anger from seeing Romeo "cowarding" out of a fight, he shouts "O calm, dishonourable, vile submission" This comment is directly aimed at Romeo's cowardice and exclaims how he is "calm" but his actions are "dishonourable" This is also ironic since Mercutio seems to care about the honour of Romeo's family name, yet he is neither Montague nor Capulet. One dramatic peak flows into another when the heated brawl commences - sparks and flares fly aplenty in the presence of dramatic tension on which the conflict dangles lives about a bloody death. Romeo attempts to physically impede the anger and aggression locked within the head of Tybalt and Mercutio by acting as the peacemaker. However all goes wrong when he intervenes between the two and subsequently enables Tybalt to launch a fatal sword blow into Mercutio. ...read more.


I will be deaf to pleading excuses. Nor tears nor prayers shall purchases out abuses. Therefore use none. Let Romeo hence in haste, Else when he is found, that hour is his last. Bear hence this body, and attend our will: Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill" He is presenting his view that both families should suffer as the Prince himself will suffer due to the death of his relative, Mercutio. He will also ignore all complaints and advises that Romeo should get out of Verona now if he doesn't want to be killed. This dramatic conclusion draws up the dramatic tension in the audience and now everyone is waiting for what Romeo is going to do now and what will happen to Juliet. After this scene, things change from a joyful atmosphere to one of tragedy. This part of the play is where the central characters fortune turns - Throughout the second act Romeo and Juliet's fortunes had been improving as the exchange vows, gaining the agreement of the marriage through the Friar and the accomplishment of the marriage got both characters in high spirits. In an instant, the story flicks into a different mode as it moves towards heartbreak. It is sadly ironic that Romeo does his utmost to prolong his happiness with Juliet but his injudicious judgement of the honour he has for his friend Mercutio left him in the tragic situation in which he is in now. This disheartening part of the play represents a combination of dramatic effects on which this eventful storyline is based on. It serves as an irreversible pivot on which the play turns on for the worse, until Romeo and Juliet reach their dreaded fate at the poignant end. ...read more.

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