How does Shakespeare use dramatic devices in Act 3 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet in order to make it such an interesting, exciting and important scene?
Romeo and Juliet is world renown as one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. At the beginning of the play you are introduced to two families in Verona; these families being the Montague’s and the Capulet’s. The two families have been involved in a feud for years. However at one of Lord Capulet’s balls Juliet, his only daughter falls in love with Romeo the son of Lord Montague. The relationship between Romeo and Juliet quickly escalates during the play and in very little time. The play has two themes that are apparent throughout, fate and haste. The scene previous to Act 3 Scene 1 is the scene in which the characters Romeo and Juliet get married. The scene is tranquil, peaceful, beautiful and importantly a scene full of hope. Shakespeare portrays in the scenes leading up to this the feud between the two families building tension, however this scene seems to show to the audience that the ongoing feud between the Capulet’s and Montague’s may finally end. This scene completely contrasts the following scene, Act 3 scene 1. Act 3 Scene 1 changes the course of the play: Shakespeare uses many dramatic devices to make this scene interesting and exciting, showing its importance. In Act 3 Scene 1 Shakespeare has contrasting combinations of characters on stage. Ben Volio and Mercutio have extremely different characters, Ben Volio is a character who loathes conflict and arguments and who takes the world very literally. “I pray thee good Mercutio, lets retire” shows Ben Volio begging Mercutio to leave as he is worried there will be a fight on the arrival of the Capulet’s. The latter however wishes to remain, Mercutio “will not budge for no mans pleasure.” Mercutio is a stubborn character who wishes things to be his way and his way, however is intelligent, this often shown through his witty jokes and puns, he can foresee that...
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