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discus how Shakespeare builds up tension for the audience in Act 3 Scene one and two.

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English Coursework! In my essay I will discus how Shakespeare builds up tension for the audience in Act 3 Scene one and two. William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, allegedly on April 23, 1564. Church records from Holy Trinity Church indicate that he was baptized there on April 26, 1564. Young William was born of John Shakespeare, a Glover and leather merchant, and Mary Arden, a landed local heiress. William was the third of eight children in the Shakespeare household-three of whom died in childhood. Altogether William Shakespere had three children, Susanna born in 1583, and twins Hamnet and Judith born 1585-but sadly in 1596 Hammet died at the age of 11. Baptism records show that William's first child, Susanna was baptized in Stratford in May, 1583. Hamnet and Judith were named after William's close friends, Judith and Hamnet Sadler. William's family was unusually small in a time when families had many children to ensure parents were cared for in later years despite the very high mortality rates of children and also their life expectancy in the 1500s. William Shakespeare later died in 1616, and was buried in the holy Trinity church in Stratford upon Avon. Altogether Shakespeare wrote 34 plays including; * Hamlet * Macbeth, * The Tempest * Henry VII * Romeo and Juliet-which I will now go on to discuss in detail. In the heritage of literacy, William Shakespeare could be described as the greatest play writer ever, because of the quality and quantity of his work, and the effect which he has had on modern day play writers! The Montagues and Capulets are two families which despise each other in the city of Verona. The feud between the two families has been happening for many years. The two families both have teenage children, Romeo, a Montague, and Juliet, a Capulet. They instantly fall in love by accident at a Capulet party. ...read more.

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Romeo does not rise or become provoked by Tybalt's insults and does the right thing and walks away, 'And so, good Capulet, which name I tender as dearly as mine own, be satisfied.' Romeo is acting in a mature way by not retaliating to Tybalt's insults, and throughout it tries to remain civil towards him. Tybalt tries everything to aggravate Romeo, but he continues to refer to Tybalt's better nature. Tybalt is then baffled on why Romeo keeps refusing to fight so then in the end; the outcome was for him to use violent behavior. Romeo stands up for what is right by trying to prevent Mercutio and Tybalt from a brawl and disobeying the Princes rule of no fighting in the streets. When Mercutio does finally pass away, it affects Romeo really terribly, by having a combination of feelings and emotions. At first he is extremely distressed, but then it rotates to becoming outraged and he realizes that he will never set eyes on his best friend again. The conclusion is that either himself, Tybalt or both of them must die, in order to have some payback for Mercutio's death, which is only reasonable, 'This days black fate on moe days doth depend, this but begins the woe others must end.' At first the audience would be disappointed on the decision which Romeo had came to but would steadily begin to appreciate the uncomfortable situation he was in. All Romeo can think about is revenge and to get justice for Mercutio's murder, 'again in triumph, and Mercutio's slain? Away to heaven, respective lenity and fire-eyed fury by my conduct now! Now, Tybalt, take that villain back again that late thou gavest me, for Mercutio's soul.' At this point in time, the audience sympathizes with Romeo, as they know he is grieving and in shock because of what happened to his best friend. Romeo hints his intensions to the audience before he actually kills Tybalt by making an ultimatum, ' either thou or I, ...read more.

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Also, when he dies he wants the audience to be saddened by his departure and feel the emotions that the other characters are feeling. To have a character in a play like this, also increases audience involvement. * Juliet because Shakespeare encourages the audience to feel sorry for Juliet because of the situations which she is in. He makes her out to be an innocent little girl, who is swayed easily by other people's opinions. He also wants people to pity Juliet, but hopes everything will work out to her advantage. The characters which Shakespeare encourages the audiences to have an aversion to are: * Tybalt because he is made to look out to be a violent short tempered man, who enjoys fighting. Tybalt is always ready to begin a fight, and also despises Romeo, even though Romeo has never been offensive towards him. Tybalt is very protective of his family and doesn't want his cousin to be made unhappy. * Capulet because e is very argumentative and arrogant. He is very aggressive to Juliet and Lady Capulet. He believes that he is in charge and whatever he says goes. The early death of Mercutio would have a massive effect on the audience and the rest of the play because he is already a much loved character. The audience would then blame Tybalt and hold a grudge against him, wanting revenge. The reaction of the audience towards Tybalt's death would be rather different to that of Mercutio. The audience would be shocked at Romeo, for not thinking about the consequences of his relationship with Juliet and his own safety. On stage I think that the most powerful character would be Romeo because he is physically and emotionally a strong character. He would be remembered for his loyalty to Juliet, and his courage against Tybalt. He also makes a great impact on the play, making the audience feel more involved. ?? ?? ?? ?? English Coursework! 1 ...read more.

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