Romeo And Juliet Act 3 Scene 1 Essay Tension

Being exposed in a public place adds to the tension as the audience remember princes' warning words, 'your lives shall pay the forfeit'.

The Drama of Shakespeare: Act 3, Scene 1 There are many techniques in which Shakespeare uses in order to make Act 3 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet dramatic.

Now a new element of intrigue and excitement comes with a kind of dramatic irony. ” The ‘vile submission’ shows what a humiliation Mercutio believes Romeo is accepting; the insult ‘rat catcher’ makes it almost certain Tybalt will have to fight.

The audience knows why Romeo does not want to fight Tybalt –they have just become relatives- but the other characters do not know. Now the sword play begins, and the audience not only have the excitement and great dramatic action of two fighters trying to kill each other but also the sight of Romeo trying to stop the fight for the reasons only he and the audience know.

Romeo seems quite unmanly when instead of fighting Tybalt for his honour he swallows the insult, saying “I do protest I never injuried thee, But loved thee better than thou canst devise.” Again the audience knows, can “devise”, the reason, but Mercutio sees it as cowardice.

Now the excitement moves up a notch as Mercutio starts the violence and we are to have the sword fight the audience has been expecting. The prince has to intervene in both but in the first he gives a warning 'your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace'. Also to add to this the scenes are both set in public places, with both Benvolio and Tybalt included.Benvolio is still very aware of the consequences and tries to be the peace maker, where as Tybalt still wants to fight again.Shakespeare uses the weather to indicate the dramatic atmosphere.When Benvolio says “I pray thee, good Mercutio, let’s retire, the heat has every one wound up”, it shows that Shakespeare sets the day as being a hot day, where the heat represents anger, which represents agitation.This expectation seems to be met fulfilled quickly Tybalt puts Romeo in a situation in which almost no gentleman could refuse to fight.“Thou art a villain.” he says but Romeo does not respond with aggression.This scene is dramatic as there is a case of two deaths of young men.The scene opens with Mercutio in an argumentative (belligerent) mood because Romeo had abandoned them at a Capulet's party in a previous scene which he had become agitated by and tries to aggravate Benvolio into a fight.They are unable to tell anyone as their families have a feud with one another.The scene I will be discussing is important to the play as a whole as it includes conflict, love and tragedy.


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