The Dramatic Effectiveness and Significance of Act 3, Scene 1 in Romeo and Juliet

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The Dramatic Effectiveness and Significance of Act 3, Scene 1 in Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare’s second tragedy ‘Romeo and Juliet’ was written between 1594 and 1596. The play is set in Verona a city in the north of Italy. In the play it is portrayed as a small independent country. The prince of Verona rules the city like a king and everyone obeys him. It is set over a period of four day. Shakespeare got the idea from a poem by Arthur Brooke called ‘the tragical history of Romeus and Juliet’ which had been written in 1562. Shakespeare ’s version of the story is very similar, but differs in the following ways. He added characters such as Romeos friend Mercutio; he also made the nurse and Benvolio …show more content…

The scene then moves to a tragic where the audience feels foreboding, sympathetic and worried for the future of Romeo and Juliet. This scene is also important because the audience learns a lot about the characters. When Romeo first enters he is happy, peace keeping type of person. He changes a lot during the scene it starts once Tybalt has killed Mercutio he changes from peace keeping to an angry feisty person and wants revenge. He says “Again, in triumph, and Mercutio slain? Away to heaven, respective lenity, and fire ey’d fury be my conduct now!” He then run across the town and finds Tybalt down a back street where he fights in revenge and anger with Tybalt and for revenge of the killing of Mercutio. After this Romeo has a feel of guilt and feels worried about what he has done. He feels like the whole world is against him. Saying “O, I am fortunes fool” Tybalts character adds a lot of dramatic force in the scene. He enters the scene ready to fight and asks Mercutio where Romeo is. “Mercutio, thou consortest with Romeo.” Tybalt wants to know, as he is so keen to fight with Romeo, as he is annoyed with him after appearing at the party and Romeo having been with Juliet. Mercutio then persists to be sarcastic and Tybalt still acts matcho and big but challenges Mercutio to a fight. “I an for you” Tybalt doesn’t change at all in this scene he

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