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Act 3 scene 1 is seen by many as the point where comedy becomes tragedy in Romeo and Juliet. In what ways does Shakespeare create a sense of growing dramatic tension? How might these be staged in performance?

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Act 3 scene 1 is seen by many as the point where comedy becomes tragedy in Romeo and Juliet. In what ways does Shakespeare create a sense of growing dramatic tension? How might these be staged in performance? In the last scene (act 2) in the church, as Romeo and Juliet were married, it was peaceful and romantic but at the start of Act 3 the mood changes to the opposite as shown in the video. In it, it starts off with peaceful music and no noise, to a noisy scene with tense music that makes the audience think something bad is going to happen. The way in which people talk and act compared to the last scene changes a lot. It makes the audience think that something bad is going to happen and they can sense a fight. The scenes change from romantic and tranquil to a great feeling of tension and drama. Changing suddenly from a romantic scene to a scene with tense music and noise makes the audience feel excited and tense because they know something's going to happen but they don't know what. ...read more.

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When Benvolio brings up the talk of the prince's proclamation, this has a huge effect on the audience because it reminds them of the feud between the families and how catastrophic it could be if the two families fight again. The audience gets the impression that Tybalt is full of hate from the things that he says. He starts off seeming quite iolite bet he greets Mercruito in a confrontational way, when he says 'Mercruito, thou consortest with Romeo' as soon as he says this the audience can tell he's looking for a fight. This creates a lot of tension. This line could be acted by Tybalt walking up to Mercruito and Benvolio. Looking like he is up for a fight, pushing one of and saying his lines fiercely. I think that when Romeo talks about his love for Tybalt I think the audience know something's going to happen, but not exactly what. This gentle reminder that the two are now family has the effect on the audience that they know that the two are now related so they know it would be even worse if they fought or if anything bad happened to them or between them. ...read more.

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After Tybalt dies the audience will be feeling eager and excited because they do not no whets going to happen next but they no the play is going to change a lot. When the prince banishes Romeo this is bad for him because he will not be able to see Juliet easily or maybe not ever again. This is more dramatic that simply having Romeo killed because banishing him makes the audience more anxious and they want to know how Romeo will other come his banishment and how he and Juliet will see each other again, this makes the play really dramatic. This will make the audience feel really excited to find out what's going to happen next. I think that Act 3 scene 1 is a big turning point in the play because it is where the play changes a lot. Comedy becomes tragedy and the whole play goes traumatic and shocking after the scene. Because of all that happens and because of how the tension is built up is why Act 3 Scene 1 is such a key scene and changes the play completely. ...read more.

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