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Why is act 3 scene 1 the Pivotal Scene In Romeo and Juliet and how does Shakespeare make it dramatic for the audience?

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Why is act 3 scene 1 the Pivotal Scene In Romeo and Juliet and how does Shakespeare make it dramatic for the audience? Romeo and Juliet is a play written by William Shakespeare in Elizabethan times. The play is based upon romance but is also a very tragic play. It is about two families, the Capulets and the Montagues. Romeo, a Montague and Juliet, a Capulet fall in love and marry in secret. Juliet's father arranges a marriage for her but cannot go through with it. She drinks a potion to send herself into a deep sleep, going cold and stop breathing so people will think she is dead. Romeo is planned to know she is not dead but finds out differently, he then kills himself. Juliet awakens to find Romeo dead and then kills herself to join him in death. Their parents' feud then ends after losing family members. The play is set in Verona, Italy. Although Shakespeare uses no Italian traditions, everything is of typical Elizabethan times. The play is greatly influenced by the belief in fate. ...read more.

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Act 3 scene 1 is a very important scene in the play, it is the pivotal scene of the whole play and is greatly linked to act 5 scene 3. A very effective way that Shakespeare uses to create tension in the audience is to use a dramatic irony, where the audience knows something that the characters do not. This is used in the previous scene when Romeo and Juliet marry in secret by Friar Lawrence. At the start of act 3 scene 1 it is in a public place in Verona. One of the first things to be said is 'if we meet we shall not scape a brawl', this immediately creates tension for the audience because they already know that fighting is banned in Verona streets and would lead to greater consequences. The audience also know that Romeo will not fight Tybalt because they are now family. This is where the dramatic irony comes into play. It is a very effective way of creating a dramatic environment. Shakespeare has only used this technique at this point in the play, this shows how important the scene is and has a greater effect on the audience. ...read more.

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Act 5 scene 3 is the very last scene in the play and is also very dramatic in the way that Romeo dies within seconds of Juliet waking up. This is where act 3 scene 1 becomes the pivotal scene, if Romeo wasn't to kill Tybalt then he wouldn't have been banished from Verona, therefore he would have found out that Juliet was just in a deep sleep and not dead. This is how Shakespeare manages to capture people's minds and make them think about the possibilities of act 3 scene 1. In my opinion Romeo and Juliet die to end their families feud and to show how powerful love is. I do not think it is the case that if their families had ended the feud earlier they would have lived. Instead I think that Romeo and Juliet were fated to fall in love and die with each other. This why act 3 scene 1 is the pivotal and most important scene of the play. If things had happened differently in this scene then the outcomes in act 5 scene 3 could have been totally different. This is again how Shakespeare manages to capture people's minds and is why it is a very famous play. ...read more.

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