Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is a tragic story of love and conflict. In act 3, scene 1, Romeo and Juliet meet again after Romeo has been banished. Their reunion is brief and tense, as they know they must part ways again. Shakespeare uses a number of literary devices to make this scene interesting and tense for the audience.
One device Shakespeare uses is foreshadowing. He hints at the tragedy that is to come, Romeo’s banishment and Juliet’s death. This increases the tension in the scene, as the audience knows what is going to happen but the characters do not.
Another device Shakespeare uses is contrast. He juxtaposes Romeo and Juliet’s happiness at being together with the knowledge that they must soon part. This creates a sense of bittersweetness and tension, as the audience wants the couple to be together but knows that it is not meant to be.
Finally, Shakespeare uses irony in this scene. Romeo says he will risk everything to be with Juliet, yet he knows he must leave her. The irony is that Romeo’s actions will eventually lead to Juliet’s death. This heightens the tension in the scene, as the audience wonders if Romeo’s decision will ultimately doom Juliet.
Shakespeare uses these devices to make act 3, scene 1 an interesting and tense scene for the audience. Even though we know what is going to happen, we can’t help but hope for a different outcome for Romeo and Juliet.
The play Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy, and the audience knows this from the beginning. The main characters in the play die as a direct result of their tragic flaw; for example, Macbeth’s ambition leads him to his death.
Romeo and Juliet’s tragic flaw is their Romeo’s impulsiveness and Juliet’s lack of judgement. In the play Romeo does many impulsive things for example he gets married to Juliet after only knowing her for a few hours, he also kills Tybalt in a fight. Juliet on the other hand is not as impulsive as Romeo but she does make some bad decisions, for example she agrees to marry Romeo even though she knows her family will never approve.
The audience are first introduced to Romeo in act 1 scene 1, he is moping around because he is in love with a girl called Rosaline who doesn’t love him back. He compares his love for her to sickness “love is like a smoke made with the fume of sighs” this shows Romeo is not thinking straight about his love for Rosaline. In Romeo’s first meeting with Juliet he immediately falls in love with her, he forgets all about Rosaline. This makes the audience question Romeo’s impulsiveness, is he really in love with Juliet or is he just infatuated with her?
Romeo and Juliet meet at a party thrown by Romeo’s rival family the Capulets, Romeo is supposed to be there to kill Romeo but instead he falls in love with Juliet. The Nurse who looks after Juliet tells her that Romeo is a Montague and she should not fall in love with him, but Juliet doesn’t care and she says “my only love sprung from my only hate” this shows Juliet is willing to go against her family’s wishes for love.
Romeo sneaks into the Capulet’s Orchard to say goodbye to Juliet, but Romeo doesn’t know that Juliet is awake and she thinks Romeo is a thief. Romeo Hearing someone coming runs away, this makes the audience question whether Romeo is really in love with Juliet or was he just trying to steal from her?
The next time Romeo and Juliet meet they get married in secret, even though they have only known each other for a few hours. The Nurse tells Romeo that Juliet wants to marry him, but she also tells Romeo that he should wait because “young men’s love then lies not truly in their hearts” this shows that the Nurse does not think Romeo and Juliet are really in love. Romeo and Juliet get married without their families knowing, this makes the audience question whether Romeo and Juliet are truly in love or are they just infatuated with each other?
Romeo gets banished from Verona for killing Tybalt, Romeo doesn’t want to leave Juliet but he knows he has to. Romeo says “here I set my foot” meaning he is not going to move from that spot until Juliet comes out to see him, this shows Romeo’s dedication to Juliet. Romeo finds out that Juliet is going to marry County Paris, Romeo knows he needs to stop the wedding so he takes poison so he will die and be with Juliet in heaven.
Juliet finds Romeo’s dead body beside her, she kisses his lips to try and get the poison off them. Juliet then stabs herself with Romeo’s dagger, she dies beside Romeo. This makes the audience question whether Romeo and Juliet were really in love or were they just infatuated with each other?
The play Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy, but it is also a love story. The audience are left questioning whether Romeo and Juliet were really in love or were they just infatuated with each other.
In Act 1 of “Romeo and Juliet,” for example, the play’s structure introduces the theme of love and hatred between the Montague and Capulet families. Because they despise each other, a fight takes place among the two family’s servants; however, Tybalt (Capulet) appears, adding to the conflict.
Romeo (Montague) tries to stop the fight but he can’t and then Romeo’s cousin Benvolio tells Romeo to leave before he gets hurt. Romeo doesn’t want to leave because he is in love with Juliet (Capulet). Tybalt then challenges Romeo to a duel but Romeo refuses to fight because he is now related to Tybalt through his marriage to Juliet.
This makes Tybalt very angry and he threatens Romeo. The Prince of Verona then arrives and stops the fighting. He banishes Romeo from Verona because if Romeo stays there he will be killed by Tybalt. Romeo agrees to leave but only if he can say goodbye to Juliet first.
This scene is interesting for the audience because it introduces the theme of love and hate between the Romeo and Juliet. It also shows how Romeo is willing to fight for Juliet even though he knows it could get him killed. The scene is tense because the audience doesn’t know if Romeo will be able to say goodbye to Juliet or if he will be killed by Tybalt.
Shakespeare uses a number of techniques to make this scene interesting and tense for the audience. He uses language to create a contrast between love and hate. He also uses stage directions to create a sense of tension and conflict. For example, when Romeo tries to stop the fight, Shakespeare writes that he ‘grasps his sword’. This suggests that Romeo is ready to fight if necessary, but he is also trying to avoid violence.