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Consider how Shakespeare creates dramatic tension in Act Three, Scene One of "Romeo and Juliet" and the effect such tension has on the audience and the rest of the play.

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Steven Beaney November 2002 Consider how Shakespeare creates dramatic tension in Act Three, Scene One of "Romeo and Juliet" and the effect such tension has on the audience and the rest of the play. Shakespeare was a well-know dramatist who wrote many plays, one of his most popular was Romeo and Juliet, which he wrote between 1595-1596, whilst he was still a young man. It was out of character for Shakespeare to write a tragedy as previously he had written only comedies and histories. Romeo and Juliet is set in Italy and is described as, a tragedy play. The idea for the play is not original as Shakespeare based this play on a long poem by Arthur Brooke "The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet" which was written in 1562. I have chosen Act 1 Scene 3 the fight in which Tybalt kills Mercutio and in revenge Romeo kills Tybalt. ...read more.

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Benvolio wants them to stop arguing because he can remember the Prince's warning that anyone caught fighting in public would be sentenced to death. Mercutio behaves aggressively because he is looking for a fight. Tybalt is not interested in fighting Mercutio. He would rather fight Mercutio's friend Romeo because he has heard Romeo has fallen in love with Juliet, a Capulet like himself. The Capulet's and the Montague's are great rivals and sworn enemies, so this love should be unheard of. When Romeo arrives Tybalt insults him and challenges him to a fight, saying "I am for you". Romeo is not interested in fighting Tybalt because of his love for Juliet and refuses to become upset by his insults. Mercutio who is still keen to fight and sees Romeo's refusal as a cowardly act, draws his sword on Tybalt, who decides to fight him. Romeo steps between the two of them to stop the fight but in the ensuing tussle Mercutio is accidentally but fatally wounded by Tybalt, who then flees. ...read more.

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At the end of the scene both Lord and Lady Montague and Lord and Lady Capulet meet with the Prince to seek justice for their respective families, symbolising the importance of the situation as they have never been seen in each others company before. On discovering what has gone on before the Prince decides that the best punishment in the situation is to banish Romeo from Verona. In conclusion I feel that Shakespeare has created the dramatic tension in this scene very well, this makes it very controlled and powerful part of the play. I think this is because he keeps the audience focused and involved through out the scene especially during the fighting. In Act Three, Scene One the key themes are the contrast and the conflict of the society that Romeo and Juliet lived in. Romeo shows the emotional side of his young love for Juliet by thinking of Juliet before himself and not wanting to fight Tybalt. I feel sympathy for Romeo at the end of the scene when he is banished by the prince. 1 ...read more.

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