How does William Shakespeare make Act 3 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet dramatic?

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Shaun Wager

How does William Shakespeare make Act 3 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet dramatic?

        In this essay I am going to find out the answer to the above question. From this scene on, Romeo and Juliet’s fortune changes. Before this scene their fortune has been improving and their lives have been full of promise. This scene is where everything flips round making this the most important scene. Romeo’s fortunes fade away, “O, I am fortune’s fool”. Shakespeare, before this scene sets up a whole array of situations, which come to a climax in this scene. Up to this point a host of momentous events have occurred creating an expectation for more to happen inside the play. The main evens include the war being waged between the two hostile families in the play. These are the Capulet’s (the family of Juliet) and the Montague’s (Romeo’s family). Both family’s have been hostile since an “ancient grudge” that no one can remember. Another event is the Capulet party. Mercutio (Romeo’s best friend) was invited under the invite of Mercutio and friends and therefore took Romeo and some other Montague’s including Benvolio. Tybalt, leading kinsman of the Capulet’s spotted the Montague’s and wanted revenge there and then. Capulet (the elder) relented and said, “be patient take no note of him; It is my will, the which if thou respect, Show a fair presence, and put off these frowns, An ill-beseeming semblance for a feast.” This is also where Romeo and Juliet meet and fall in love. Romeo find’s out she is a Capulet, “Is she a Capulet? O dear account! My life is my foe’s debt.” Also, Juliet finds out that Romeo is a Montague, “My only love sprung from my only hate!” Even so they both meet in the Capulet’s orchard and agree to marry in secret.

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        The battle, at the beginning of the play, sets up a tense atmosphere, leaving a dramatic interest in the rest of the play. Shakespeare has now setup conflicts between the two hostile families and also the antagonism between Mercutio and Tybalt. The surprise that will ne’er be found out is that the two families are now linked by the secret love between Romeo and Juliet

        Romeo appears and adds yet more tension by attempting to tell Tybalt about love for Juliet and their secret marriage. Tybalt doesn’t quite get what Romeo means and thinks he is pleading for his life. ...

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