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How does Act 3 Scene 1 create dramatic tension in Romeo and Juliet?

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James Alberts How does Act 3 Scene 1 create dramatic tension in Romeo and Juliet? 'Romeo and Juliet', is one of the worlds most well known plays, with performances staged across the globe non-stop. Written by one of the world's most famous playwright of his time and still significantly famous for his breathtaking plays today, who else could it be? Except William Shakespeare. In this essay will be exploring how William Shakespeare creates dramatic tension in 'Romeo and Juliet', Act 3 Scene 1. In the play two families are hostile towards each other, and always have been. Yet, at the heart of it are two young lovers, one from each of the rival families, secretly disguising their love. Romeo is a Montague and he falls in love with Juliet, a Capulet. The Montagues and Capulets are sworn enemies and tensions soar high among them. The numerous street brawls and disputes contrast with the blossoming love linking Romeo and Juliet. Various dictionaries define 'Tragedy' as: "Any event with a sad and unfortunate outcome." Romeo and Juliet is in simple terms a tragedy, as it perfectly fits the description above for this genre, and the reasons for this are; the numerous heartbreaking events that happen from the establishment of the play to the depressing and disastrous conclusion. The plays final concludes with both Romeo and Juliet sacrificing their own lives for their love of one another. Various themes in the play are displayed such as love (The love shared between Romeo and Juliet), and hatred (the hatred the two rival families feel for each other). Looking at the contrasts of love and hate, we can tell both are important, both are very strong emotions, and can forcefully over power various other emotions, just as hatred powers over Romeos love in Act 3 Scene 1. ...read more.


However Shakespeare doesn't show or tell them where, which are add to the surprise and tension factor, as the reader waits upon this one moment. This quote also mentions the conflicting families, and in fact blames them slightly for the death of their beloved children, because of there thoughtless reckless violence and hatred for one another. Also in the prologue Shakespeare uses a dramatic tension, which is an exceptionally effective technique to generate tension, in the reader or spectator audience, Dramatic Irony is where the reader or spectator knows something that the characters do not. Another source of irony can be found, in this scene. For example, Shakespeare makes Romeo attempt to befriend his enemy which enrages Tybalt who then fights Mercutio in place of Romeo and gets killed; Romeo is then enraged because of the death of his best friend and responds to this by murdering Tybalt. Shakespeare builds up the tension in this scene by showing us dreadfully aggressive sides to each of the characters Not only does Shakespeare build up the tension by showing the aggression in the characters, or by all his irony He created the ideal location in favour of a troubled and uncomfortable atmosphere, Verona's main market place; A packed noisy and extremely public area. With the loud noises surrounding the feud, the tempers couldn't have really got any better. He also leaves little snippets that help the build up throughout the play. If we look back into the beginning of the play, back to the Capulet ball where Tybalt spots Romeo in the crowd, we can see another main motivation for Tybalt wanting to duel Romeo, where he states he will get revenge, and won't forget the intrusion. ...read more.


However evidence and information compiled in 1598 and 1599, suggests that the play was performed often and exceptionally successfully by the Chamberlain's Men during Shakespeare's lifetime. The Chamberlain's Men was the playing company that William Shakespeare worked for as actor and playwright for most of his career. Formed at the end of a period of downfall in the theatrical world of London, it had become, by 1603, one of the two leading companies of the city, and in fact very popular in many parts of the country. In the years William Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet he became recognised as the leading London playwright of his time. In which shortly after he applied successfully for a coat of arms. In the years before the writing of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare started to write various love sonnets and plays, which could off influenced the story of Romeo and Juliet, (maybe along with the sources listed above). And could of influenced his later plays in the love and romance area. As before hand he had only really written a few comedies, and a few semi tragedy related plays. In my opinion Act 3 Scene 1 is one of the best scenes in 'Romeo and Juliet' because it shows many sides of the characters and the various changes they go through. The build up of the tension, to the scene makes it incredibly exciting and powerful emotional part of the play. The scene is also the main turning point of the play, where it becomes a tragedy, so in theory its the most important, section the play. I also find this scene my favorite because it portrays the various steps of the relationship between Romeo and Juliet, and how it can be broken down, to a tragic ending in less than a few minutes of watching the play. ...read more.

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