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How Does Shakespeare Use Language And Dramatic Effects To In Act 1, Scene 1 And Act 3, Scene 1 Of "Romeo And Juliet"?

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How does Shakespeare use language and dramatic effects to in Act 1, Scene 1 and Act 3, Scene 1 of "Romeo and Juliet"?In "Romeo and Juliet" William Shakespeare delves into several forms of masculinity in the male dominated city of Verona, starting with the mention of the ancient feud between the two families - this sets the initial tone of the play as violent.The play shows us not just the fiery nature of men such as Tybalt; but also the love and companionship displayed by Romeo and Benvolio. Three forms of masculinity are exhibited throughout the two scenes, first the hot headed, honourable nature of Tybalt, the placid demeanour of Benvolio and finally Romeo shows that even men who are willing to give up all they know for love, will still find themselves pushed into conflict. Men also reflect animalistic antics whenever they engage in friendly banter it is almost predetermined that the scene will end in blood and conflict. This in a sense reflects their savagery, sexism and competitive nature.Tybalt is the stereotypical model of virility. He is admired for his swordsmanship; he is quick to jump into any confrontation and can be relied upon to stoically uphold the Capulet family honour. Despite Tybalt's obvious virtues Shakespeare does not portray him as a hero, instead he uses him to initiate many of the violent scenes and in the end Shakespeare tells us that jumping into fights is not how to behave, as shown by Tybalt's death - this is most probably because he often allows self pride, combined with wish to uphold family honour to overwhelm his judgement, prompting a fight to break out. His aspiration to fight is firstly shown in Act One Scene One in which when Benvolio asks him to help keep the peace, he replies "What, drawn, talk of peace? I hate the word. As I hate hell." - The repetition of "Hate" shows how strongly Tybalt feels about the Montague family. Later in Act One Scene Five he authenticates that all that is ever on his mind is war as when he sees Romeo at the Capulet party (Romeo being a Montague and therefore not wanted), instead of letting it pass as a party in Elizabethan times and today is no place for fighting, he asks Capulet for permission to fight him there and then - "Uncle, this is a Montague, our foe; a villain, that is hither come in spite to scorn at our solemnity this night." This quote demonstrates Tybalt's willingness to vehemently insult others and the "s" sounds he uses suggests he is almost hissing his hatred. Throughout the play Tybalt is extremely one-dimensional when it comes to language; when he speaks it as always at a dramatic or leading up to a dramatic point in the play. Maybe due to the similar circumstances that he speaks in or the fact that he is a warrior and no poet he repeatedly speaks in blank verse (or prose)Romeo is an archetypal lover, who despite his good intentions is still forced into fighting. He is the one male character in the entire to play that is willing to forsake his family name for...

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