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With close reference to the language Shakespeare uses, show how tension excitement is presented in Act III Scene I of Romeo and Juliet. Are different performances successful in capturing this? The play "Romeo and Juliet" was written by

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With close reference to the language Shakespeare uses, show how tension excitement is presented in Act III Scene I of Romeo and Juliet. Are different performances successful in capturing this? The play "Romeo and Juliet" was written by William Shakespeare in the 16th century, it is full of examples of different kinds of disorder: brawls and fights, the violence of angry passion, the unnaturalness of infatuation. It is a tragedy play. In Act III Scene I of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare has created an action-packed scene full of great tension and excitement. This scene is a major turning-point in the play and it is appropriate that it should start with references to heat and passion. Also, this scene marks the final appearance of Mercutio who is certainly a prominent and interesting character who we might think would have distracted attention from the main story, because the audience would always have been wondering what amusing things he would say or do next. The audience watches as Mercutio picks a fight with Tybalt when Romeo desperately tries to avoid a fight and he is forced to defend his honour, we watch him fight to the death. ...read more.

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And they are still trying to start the fight. After all, Mercutio successfully starts the fight between Tybalt and himself. The fight between Mercutio and Tybalt creates excitement. Shakespeare uses the language, " O calm, dishonourable, vile submission!" to make the scene more exciting. The fight begins, it is an exciting moment for the audience, because the action, the sound, the movement that the characters makes during the fight is a visual excitement for the audience, they already feel very involved in this scene and can still feel the high tension between Mercutio and Tybalt, these are what the audience waits for, from the very beginning of the scene. Mercutio's insults to Tybalt revolve around his name. The animal imagery of "rat-catcher" and "king of cats" is continued as Mercutio threatens to take on of Tybalt's "nine lives", and becomes ironic as he describes his fatal wound as "a scratch". During the fight between Mercutio and Tybalt, Romeo tries to stop them by reminding them the consequences. "Gentlemen, for shame, forbear this outrage"; "The Prince expressly hath forbid this bandying in Verona streets." Romeo uses the same language technique as Benvolio at the beginning of the scene, try to calm down Mercutio and Tybalt by the use of iambic pentameter blank verse. ...read more.

Conclusion

After Benvolio's long speech, Lady Capulet is crying and pressuring the Prince to kill Romeo because Romeo killed Tybalt, "Romeo slew Tybalt, Romeo must not live." But Old Montague is also saying that the reason Romeo killed Tybalt is because Tybalt killed Mercutio in the first place, Romeo was just taking the revenge. The Prince has thought about all the issues in this case and finally comes up with the idea of banishing Romeo from Verona. "Immediately we do exile him hence." The tension and suspension within the audience are partly released at this moment, because they finally know what the consequence for Tybalt's death. Act III Scene I is a fast pace scene, which keeps the audience's tension and suspension from the very beginning till the end. Before this scene, it was a romantic play, but it changes into a tragedy because the death of Mercutio and Tybalt. Shakespeare emphasized the humor in the play had died with Mercutio by the use of black humor in the last few sentences of Mercutio's speech. He also used different sorts of devices like, dramatic irony, contrast between the scenes and the use of different language techniques to help him made the scene dramatic for the audience. ...read more.

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