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How does Shakespeare create dramatic tension in act 3 scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet?

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How does Shakespeare create dramatic tension in act 3 scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet? Romeo and Juliet is Shakespeare's most famous love tragedy. In the midst of a feud between two families a pair of star-crossed lovers lay their lives. Tragically from the opening of this scene it appears that from the outset of the drama the adoring love between Romeo and Juliet is destined for bad things. This scene is one of the most crucial and dramatic scenes in the play because it outlines the tension and pain caused by the disputing families as they get to the peak of their troubles. This scene explores every emotion that a human can feel, from ecstatic happiness to the deepest anger which is why it's so vital to the play. In this scene at dawn after saying goodbye Romeo leaves Juliet's bedroom, the nurse warns Juliet that her mother is looking for her and Juliet is abhorred to this news that she will marry Paris which is to her father's grief. ...read more.

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Romeo is sure that the bird they are hearing is the lark so he fears that day break is hear, the audience are drawn into the play at this point because they are with Juliet not only because they want her to be right that it is still night but because through out the whole story she has played the voice of reason. In this part of the play the romance and intimacy has gone as very colloquial language is used and when Romeo is faced with the choice stay and die or go and live the tragedy gains momentum. It is dramatic for the audience when Romeo says "I must be gone and live or stay and die" because he usually acts on impulse and would stay but he knows that if he goes to Mantua he will live. There is high dramatic tension as the audience are drawn into intimacy because at any moment Romeo could die, as an audience we are very much on edge. ...read more.

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When the line reads "This doth not doth not so, for she divideth us" there is word play on division this says about the separation of the lovers, and it shows Juliet's wit even in times of dread and fear. The time is now morning, there is also a play on the word morning because it contains the word morn and there will be a lot of morning after their deaths. There is symbolism as the larks voice is like a hunter pursuing Romeo-The closer it gets the more in danger he is but Romeo is relentless and doesn't stop. Romeo echoes Juliet's words and its sets a negative fearful and gloomy tone for the audience. The contrast between light and dark has a dramatic effect because as it gets lighter Romeo and Juliet feel darker as Romeo is in danger. Supporting Juliet the nurse acts as a messenger as she warns her of her mother's arrival. The audience are dramatically pulled in as they want to know whether Lady Capulet will find out that Juliet was with Romeo. ...read more.

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