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Why is Act 3 Scene 1 such a dramatic scene in 'Romeo and Juliet'?

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Why is Act 3 Scene 1 such a dramatic scene in 'Romeo and Juliet'? This act,and particularly this scene is important for several reasons.At the beginning of the story we find that romeo of the Montagues has discretely entered the house of the Capulets,and gate crashed an exclusive party.here,he is spotted by Tybalt,a fiery,aggressive and ferociously bad tempered character,flirting with the fair Juliet,Tybalts cousin ! As Tybalt sees this,him being a not very intellectual character, he is quickly enfuriated,and attempts to attack Romeo.He is enraged by the utter disrespect of the Montague house and vows vengance upon Romeo.Later on,After Romeo and Juliet have,met,fallen madly in love and secretly wed,all of these greatly important facts are still unknown to both the Capulet and Montague houses.But the audience are fully aware of the the goings on,this technique is called dramatic irony,when the Audience know more than the characters.shakespeare uses this technique very effectively,because if the characters did know what was happening,the banishments,fights etc. may not have occurred,making the play very boring ! This scene is probably the most exciting scene in the whole play,and it is situated in the middle.Often,the mid-piont in plays are the most exciting and important parts,because they keep the audience from losing interest. ...read more.

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will become of this confrontation,the audience dont want Mercutio injured.The other characters are worried for Mercutio too now andrun to his aid.Mercutio acts boldly,and still wants to be in the spotlight.As he slowly dies,he still seeks attention from the others around him,he wants to attract attention and be noticed,he lives...and dies for it. When Tybalt does arrive,all the above banter and provocative behaviour from Mercutio takes place,As we know,tybalt is not very bright,Tybalt is always looking for a fight,but is trying to resist the taunts of Mercutio.The mood alters,and Benvolio tries to restore order.Tybalt is enraged by Mercutio`s disrespectful attitude.'A word with one of you?' asks Tybalt, 'make it a word and a blow' replys Mercutio (asking for a fight).The violence theme runs throughout this part,the mood is tense and the audience are preparing themselves for a fight scene.Tybalt only wants to talk to Romeo,to get an explanation, but Mercutio feels he must intervene (he likes the spot-light).He winds Tybalt up,'here`s my fiddlestick,here`s that shall make you dance',until Tybalt bites and all of a sudden Mercutio is involved in the argument. Romeo arrives.We know that he has now married juliet,but the characters are unaware of this (Dramatic irony once again).When Tybalt confronts Romeo,Romeo backs away from the confrontation.We know that he wont hurt Tybalt because he is ...read more.

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Romeo departs,and leaves the crime scene.Prince Escalus is angry,he has given his speech about crime and punishment and is furious when these commandments are violated.Benvolio acts as the narrator once again and describes the events to the prince.He is obviously upset.He speaks from a fair view-piont.This is done just to keep everyone up to date with the events.The Prince reacts badly,and orders Romeos execution,but is talked out of it by Benvolio,'Tybalt hit the life of stout Mercutio',saying that Tybalts death was the price paid for Mercutio`s .The Prince still unhappy,decided to banish Romeo.The audience are worried now for Romeo.How will he see his love ? This scene on a whole is greatly important.The tragic execution of Mercutio,the death of a capulet,and Romeos banishment turns the whole play upside down.This dramatic scene reallys draws the audience in and involves them.The techniques such as Pathetic fallacy and Dramatic irony really add to the effect of this scene.The weather changes and secrets untold,add excitement.It really gives the plot device a twist,and gets the audience hooked.It fits perfectly,as the mid-piont must be exciting and dramatic.I feel this scene makes the play worth watching,and determines the fate of 'Romeo and Juliet' ...read more.

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