The Drama of Shakespeare: Act 3, Scene 1 Essay

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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. 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. 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
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However Tybalt, only having a reason to be there looking for Romeo, does not want to fall into Mercutio’s quarrelsome mood. At this point Mercutio is in search of anything that Tybalt says wrong, to make it a reason to fight. Tybalt says to Mercutio, “Mercutio, thou consortest with Romeo,” asking Mercutio if he associates with Romeo. Mercutio understanding perfectly what Tybalt meant, twists the question with another meaning of the word ‘consort’ saying “… make minstrels of us, look to hear nothing but discords. Here’s my fiddlestick, here’s that shall make you dance. ‘Zounds consort!” Here Mercutio asks Tybalt his reasons for calling him a low status hired musician. However, I think that Mercutio gets angry at this point at the questioning of if he associates with Romeo because he was already angry with Romeo, bearing in mind that since the Capulet’s party, Romeo had been distant with him and their other friends.

Yet again, I think that Mercutio purposely pretends to misunderstand the word ‘Consortest’ which is a pun that Tybalt uses with no intentions to cause trouble. Also at this point, one of the techniques Shakespeare uses to make this scene dramatic is the use of dramatic irony, still with the word ‘consort’, where another meaning is bride/groom. This is a dramatic irony as the audience, we know that Romeo and Juliet had just been married, but they did not yet

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