Explain Why Act 3 Scene 1 Is The Turning Point Of The Play And How Shakespeare Makes It Dramatic!

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Explain why Act 3 Scene 1 is the turning point of the play and how Shakespeare makes it dramatic!Act 3 Scene 1 is the main turning point of the play as bawdy comedy drops into tragedy after the deaths of Mercutio and Tybalt which result in the banishment of Romeo from Verona. Moreover, throughout this scene Shakespeare uses various devices such as movement, tone and dramatic irony in order to make the play more interesting, exciting, and dramatic and create suspense. Furthermore this is the scene in which all the characters of the play are affected and change in one way or another. (Romeo becomes violent after this scene).Shakespeare uses different ways in order to create mood and atmosphere which is something that generates interest at the start of the scene. The scene begins with Mercutio trying to wind up Benvolio who is a peacemaker and has no intention to start a quarrel. Shakespeare uses pathetic fallacy in order to create tension and add interest at the very beginning of the scene when Benvolio uses the word "hot" twice to describe the weather and find an excuse no to start a fight. This is very humorous and is a continuation of the previous scenes where the servants make rude jokes and also when the nurse who is a comic character says" Suffer every nerve to use me at his pleasure" (she makes a double-entendre without knowing). All these would have made the audience laugh. Moreover Benvolio says the words "brawl" and "blood stirring" which create tension and is like a warning which foreshadows all the bad events that are going to take place. This is also a comic way to start the scene as Mercutio says many witty and humorous things. One particular example is when he says to Benvolio "as soon as to be moved to be moody, and as soon moody to be moved" which is an alliteration and assonance as Mercutio brilliantly plays on with the words moved and moody. Furthermore, this builds up the idea of tension and sets the mood of the scene as Benvolio is a peacemaker and doesn't want to start a fight, whereas Mercutio is up for one. As a result the audience is confused and doesn't know what to expect next as the scene progresses. The scene suddenly turns for the worse and becomes more cold and serious by the time Tybalt and the others enter. The humorous, light-hearted atmosphere suddenly changes and becomes darker as the idea of a fight continues to build up. Despite the fact that Mercutio and Tybalt afterwards exchange words and the audience gets ready for a fight humour is not prevented as Mercutio continues to play with the words. One particular example is when Mercutio twists the meaning of the word consort when Tybalt says "Mercutio, thou consortest with Romeo" meaning that he is associated with Romeo but Mercutio replies quickly and witty when he says "Consort? What, dost thou make us minstrels? And thou make minstrels of us; look to hear nothing but discords". As it can be seen Mercutio is once again playing around with the words (Minstrels)...

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