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The dramatic impact of Act 3 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet

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THE DRAMATIC IMPACT OF ACT 3 SCENE 1 OF ROMEO AND JULIET Para 1 In this essay we will be discussing the dramatic impact of Act 3 Scene 1 in the play, Romeo and Juliet. The play, penned circa 1534, is a tragedy set in the city of Verona and is possibly one of Shakespeare's finest. We will explore how this scene becomes pivotal in the narrative, as the audience and reader experience a dramatic double murder, in which the two main characters ultimately change the course of the story. We will consider firstly plot, as up to this point in the play the pressure has been building. Specifically we must look at character as the characters' true colours are often shown in stressful times; it drives the play forward. As Shakespeare is the master of creating characters through language, we must also analyse the drama of his words. Setting and staging contribute directly to the drama of the scene, whilst themes, of which there are several, are constantly expressed. Finally, we will discuss how the play is based on a piece of Greek writing and how the prologue hints at the unfolding drama. Para 2 Let us summarise what has happened so far in the play in order to contextualise the drama of this scene. ...read more.

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In this play the outcome is positive and negative, the families stop their feud but lose a child due to the conflict. Tybalt shows that the feud between the families is still there, "What, drawn and talk of peace? I hate the word, as I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee." Here Tybalt shows he is very violent and hates peace of any nature. He wants to fight and doesn't like Montagues with drawn swords to talk of harmony between them. This adds to the drama of the play because swords have been drawn and we realise he's a violent person. In modern day life there aren't any feuds that end in a death match between rival families whereas in Elizabethan times this was quite common. There are also some references to fate by Juliet, "Prodigious birth of love it is to me, that I must love a loathed enemy." She uses the word "must love" which hints that there's a theme of fate; it also suggests that she has no control over the situation. She uses the word enemy only because her parents have brought her up to believe that but she has no personal experience of the Montagues so she may start to think they're not the enemy. ...read more.

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The heat of the day is emphasised adding an oppressive atmosphere. These aspects of the setting would have increased the dramatic tension for the audience, expressed by Benvolio in the first four lines of the scene. It is worth noting that this play is based on a Greek tragedy which the audience would have been fully aware of and therefore they would be expecting loss of life. In the Bas Lurhmann production of the film the setting shows how important Mercutio's death is as a turning point of the play. The weather starts off sunny however when he dies it turns to a big storm. Benvolio tries to get them to go to a private place if they want to fight so that no one will be caught fighting in the streets. However Mercutio wants to be seen as he wants to show off to the public. This would increase the audience's expectation of a fight breaking out and would add to the dramatic impact of the scene. The weather is a big factor too because in those days people would go home in the middle of the afternoon as it got very hot but Mercutio and the others are still outside and so may get hot headed and it may lead to them doing something rash. Para 7- The themes we will discuss now, including fate in the context of the play. ...read more.

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