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Analyse how Shakespeare creates suspense and excitement through action and language in Acts 3 scene 1

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Romeo and Juliet In this essay, I am going to analyse how Shakespeare creates suspense and excitement through action and language in Acts 3 scene 1 of the novel Romeo and Juliet. This is an exciting scene because most of the action and conflict of the whole theme of the novel is on this Act. This Act also creates much suspense and excitement as evidenced by the meeting of the two main characters of the groups in Verona. In this Act, there is a lot of action including the episode when the killing of the vicious people started. Just before this scene, a number of things had occurred that are important, such as when Romeo gate crashed at the Capulets and he meets Juliet but Tybalt sees him. Prior to this scene, Romeo and Juliet had married each other without Capulets and Montague's knowledge since Romeo had avoided meeting Tybalt therefore that is when Romeo and Tybalt came face to face. I think this is the best scene that creates more suspense and action as this is the scene where most of the theme of the story comes from and centered. ...read more.

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This creates suspense because it is clear that Mercutio is ready to fight. "I care not", clearly shows he is not afraid of fight with anyone. Subsequently, the suspense increases when Mercutio starts speaking with the Capulets. Mercutio taunts Tybalt, but Tybalt ignores his insults, because he is seeking Romeo. However, Mercutio says to Tybalt, "Couple it with something, make it a word and a blow". This shows that Mercutio is encouraging a fight with Tybalt instead of being peaceful. After that, Benvolio tries to tell Mercutio to go to a secret place so that they are not caught fighting. Mercutio then says, "I will not budge for no man's pleasure, I". This meant that Mercutio was refusing to listen to Benvolio and go to a private place. We know that if they are caught fighting, they will be severely punished by the by the Prince. When Romeo entered the scene, more suspense was created because Tybalt really wants to fight Romeo, so when Romeo enters we expect trouble and action. ...read more.

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This increased the suspense to the highest point. We also worry about what the consequences will be on. After the fight, Romeo killed Tybalt and this is the point when there was more suspense and excitement about what action was going to be taken against Romeo. Tybalt's death means that Romeo will be punished. When Romeo killed Tybalt, he runs away and he leaves the stage, suspense drops because the main character we fear for is gone. Romeo also had to go to court to get his punishment and in the court, Lady Capulet said, "Romeo slew Tybalt, Romeo must not live". Lady Capulet demands that Romeo is killed, so the audience thinks Romeo is going to die and Juliet will be left alone. This also created suspense to the audience. The Prince of Verona who decides the last judgment decided that, "Let Romeo hence is haste, Else, when he is found, that hour is his last". The end of the scene ha less suspense. Even though Romeo is banished an audience does not fear for his life at that point. However, we are left wondering what will happen next as the future does not look good for Romeo and Juliet's love. ...read more.

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