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What atmosphere does Shakespeare create in Act 3 scene 1 and how does he achieve this?

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Romeo and Juliet coursework What atmosphere does Shakespeare create in Act 3 scene 1 and how does he achieve this? In Act 3 scene 1 Mercutio and Benvolio are waiting for Romeo. Tybalt is trying to find Romeo because he is angry with him coming to the Capulet party. Tybalt comes across Mercutio and Benvolio. Benvolio does not want a fight but Mercutio is energetic and wants to fight. Benvolio tries to persuade Mercutio not to get into a fight but to come inside he says 'I pray thee, good Mercutio, let's retire: the day is hot, the Capulets are abroad'. When Romeo comes he is happy and does not want to fight he is also mocking Tybalt, Romeo says 'I do protest I never injur'd thee, nut love thee better than thou canst devise'. Mercutio wants to fight so he provokes Tybalt by saying, 'Tybalt, you rat-catcher, will you walk?' Tybalt tries to provoke Romeo by saying Romeo 'thou art a villain'. Tybalt and Mercutio fight and Tybalt injures Mercutio because Romeo gets in the way. Tybalt and the other Capulets run off and Mercutio makes a speech in that he says he knows that tomorrow he will be dead and that it was Romeo's fault. ...read more.

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Tybalt is angry and is trying to find Romeo for a fight. He is angry because Romeo came to the Capulet party. When Mercutio is trying to make Tybalt fight he shows aggression by saying 'Tybalt, you rat-catcher, will you walk?' this is insulting Tybalt then asking him to fight because Romeo does not want to fight because he is happy from marring Juliet. Fighting is shown when Mercutio says 'come sir, your passado!' a passado is a fencing trust so Mercutio is saying come on fight. Violence is shown when Romeo is mad about Tybalt killing Mercutio and starts fighting with Tybalt Romeo says 'This shall determine that (they fight Tybalt falls). This shows Romeo uses violence to make Tybalt fall. This shows the audience that Romeo is made his friends death and that he wants revenge. Love is shown to the audience by Romeo going after Tybalt for killing his friend 'either thou, or I, or both, must go with him' this means that Romeo will fight till one of them die in avenge for Mercutio's death. The heat makes the scene more intense and the characters more irritable because they are hot and uncomfortable. The words that show heat are 'the day is hot' this is what Benvolio says to Mercutio to try to make him go indoors. ...read more.

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he is comparing his temper softening to the weakening of steel. Mercutio says 'A plague o' both your houses!' he then says 2 lines later ' your houses!' this is Mercutio saying I wish that the whole of your house/ family would die. This emphasising the fact that Mercutio is angry with Romeo and Tybalt. The plague was in England at this time so you could tell an English person had written the play as Italy hadn't been affected by the plague at this time. In the rest of the play Juliet agrees to marry Paris as part of he Friar's plan, then before the wedding day she takes a Poisson which makes her look dead. Juliet is placed in a tomb but before the Friar can tell Romeo that it's all a plan Romeo goes to her tomb and drinks a poison to kill himself, to get into Juliet's tomb he kills Paris. He then dies and Juliet wakes up sees Romeo dead and stabs her self with Romeo's dagger even though the Friar comes to try to stop her. Montage and Capulet make up after they find the 3 young people dead and realise that because of them they died. In conclusion to the question 'What atmosphere does Shakespeare create in Act 3 scene 1 and how does he achieve this?' I think that Shakespeare ...read more.

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