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Drama and tension in Romeo and Juliet.

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Romeo and Juliet In 'Romeo and Juliet' drama and tension is presented throughout. In the prologue we are warned about death and misery. Shakespeare uses traditional old Elizabethan English and metaphoric language to build up tension. Shakespeare also uses dramatic pauses and action between characters to increase tension. The storyline between feuding also builds on the tension. A powerful example of drama and tension is shown in Act 3 scene 1. In the scene Mercutio and Benvolio are lazying about when the capulets come, with Tybalt approaching towards them. Tybalt asks 'Mercutio thou consort'st with Romeo?' Mercutio reacts with shooting rage, 'Consort! what dost thou make us minstrels ?' At this Mercutio reacts with more rage and saysthat ' I will not budge for no mans pleasure, i' At this point Romeo comes into the scene. Shakespeare using dramatic irony as the audience knows that Romeo has just married Juliet. Romeo is confronted with Tybalt, who wants to fight him because he 'gate crashed' the party. Tybalt shows his rage by calling him a villain. Romeo cannot hurt one of his family, he is forced to surpress his rage. ...read more.


Romeo tries to explain to Tybalt that he never hurt him but love him. 'And so, good Capulet, - which name I tender as dearly as my own.' This shows true love and respect for the Capulets, by saying that he respects as his own name. When Mercutio and Tybalt are fighting Romeo tries to break up the fighting. Romeo is shocked when Mercutio is stabbed. He tries to comfort him 'Courage, man; the hurt cannot be much.' Romeo is burdened with the guilt of Mercutio's death. 'I thought all for the best.' Romeo expresses his guilt towards the audience; ' My very friend hath got his mortal hurt in my behalf.' Romeo also says that the love for Juliet has made him weak. Romeo is comforted by Benvolio, but when he sees Tybalt he is enraged. 'And fine-eyed fury be my conduct now!' Romeo then challenges him and says 'Either thou, or I, or both must go with him.' Romeo and Tybalt battle fiercely and Tybalt ends up dead. Romeo struck with grief and more guilt. 'O, I am fortunes fool.' ...read more.


'A plague on both your houses!' This shows how the feuding between the houses as a plague. Shakespeare also uses language to his advantage when scenes of tension are present. 'Ay, ay, a scratch.' This shows Mercutio hiding his true emotion. The use of language gives greater emotion and feeling towards the play. This scene is important as most of the tension is built up and released in a violent battle. This eventually shown when Mercutio dies. Romeo filled with revenge and hatred kills Tybalt in a violent struggle between them. Romeo is banished putting pressure on the marriage, which did not have time to bloom. This leads to Romeo not receiving the message about Juliet. This results in both Romeo and Juliet dying. The tension created by the scene makes up for the eventuality of the cruel and tragic end. Shakespeare creates drama and tension for the audience by the use of language, stagecraft and the plot of the story. There are all present in the fight scene, which shows the eventuality of the scenes to come. Shakespeare also uses the story line of feuding families and the two loves struck children of these two families. This creates drama and tension throughout the play leading to a tragic end. 3 1 By Mohammed Islam 10I ...read more.

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