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This is particularly apparent in Act 3 Scene 1; the emotional turning points of the play; there Shakespeare turns his typical love story into a dark tragedy through the introduction of hatred, curses, violence

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Introduction

Romeo & Juliet- Act 3 Scene 1 Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's most famous plays. It is a very tightly structured play and forms the base of many of today's films. Baz Lurhman had great success with his modern day version film of the play. The playwright uses a number of dramatic devices to manipulate the audience emotions and sympathy at various points in the drama. This is particularly apparent in Act 3 Scene 1; the emotional turning points of the play; there Shakespeare turns his typical love story into a dark tragedy through the introduction of hatred, curses, violence and a double death. The scene has a major impact on the plot, theme and characters, the workings and implications of which I will discuss in the following essay. Act 3, Scene 1 is started off to be quite humorous and joyful as Mercutio makes jokes at Benvolios' expense. Mercutio: Thou art like one of these fellows that, when he Enters the confines of a tavern, claps me his sword upon the Table and says "God send me no need of thee!" and by the Operation of the second cup draws him on the drawer, when Indeed there is no need. - Act 3, scene 1 line 5 - 9 Up to this point in the play Mercutio is shown to be a joker and someone who would not be easily infuriate. The mood of this scene is soon to change very quickly from humorous and joyful to angry and violent once Tybalt arrives at the scene. ...read more.

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Lady Capulet was devastated by Tybalts death and wanted Romeo to pay for her nephews' death. Lady Capulet even lied to see that Romeo got punished. Lady Capulet: He is a Kinsman to the Montague, Affection makes him false. He speaks not true. Some twenty of them fought in this black strife And all those twenty could kill but one life. I beg for justice, which thou, Price must give. Romeo slew Tybalt. Romeo must not live. - line 172 - 177 The Prince decided that a suitable punishment would be for Romeo to be banished from Verona as he had taken the law into his own hands by killing Tybalt. The characters of Act 3 Scene 1 are developed in the scene are developed or killed off so the story can go-ahead and fall into the love theme that Shakespeare wanted. Mercutio was a character who was very against the idea of love and teased Romeo for being in love. His presence in the play was not fitting into the love plot of the play so his death added to the tragedy of the scene and made way for Romeo and Juliet's love without criticism form Mercutio. Tybalt is a fiery character and is one to hold grudges as shown when he insults Romeo. He is hot headed and takes the feud very seriously as shown at the caplets party when he sees Romeo. Tybalt is a keen fighter this is shown as he is the one who started the fights between Romeo and Mercutio, but Tybalt would not have reason to fight if Romeo had not gone to the Capulet party. ...read more.

Conclusion

This twist of events had major impact in the plot as Juliet went to extreme measures like faking her own death to be with Romeo. Friar Lawrence had given Juliet a poison to make appear dead the night before her wedding, so when she was put into the crypt Romeo could go rescue her and they could live away from Verona in secret. Things did not go to plan as Romeo did not get the message from Juliet in time for him to know she was not really dead. A heartbreaking ending happened when Romeo was in the crypt at Juliet's side and he thought Juliet was dead, Romeo decided to take his own like just as Juliet woke from her deep sleep. Juliet was shocked to see her lover dead so she also took her life with a knife, thus ending the tragic love story. This scene is very important part of the play; the double death shows how extreme the feud between the Capulet's and the Montague's actually is. It brings the audience a better understanding how strong Romeo and Juliet's love is. Act 3 scene 1 is the turning point of the play; it changes the typical love story with a predictive happy ending into a dramatic tragedy with lots of emotion, curiosity and suspense. In my opinion Shakespeare has written this scene very well and controlled the emotions of his audience very cleverly and successfully used dramatic irony to create a bold outstanding scene which manipulated the plot of the play very well. ?? ?? ?? ?? Meera Makwana GCSE Shakespeare Assignment 11 G1 English - Mr Clark Page 1 of 4 ...read more.

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