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How does Shakespear create tension In Act 3 Scene 1 - Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet How does Shakespeare create tension in Act 3 scene 1? Romeo and Juliet; an Elizabethan play and quite possibly Shakespeare's most renowned; a tale of love and a catastrophic tale of tragedy. Even the title itself when mentioned sets off an image of romance, but what exactly is it that makes this so special? The dramatic devices used by Shakespeare himself are particularly interesting. Act III scene I itself is considered to be the main turning point of the play. Mood is an important aspect in a play like this, especially considering the genre of the play (a tragedy). A tragedy is a type of play characterized by the representation and dramatic management of misfortune, disasters, and/or the death of the main characters. It will normally achieve such with an unexpected twist or similar. The mood of a play relates mainly to the way it plays with the emotions of an audience, and with this being a tragedy there will be an expected negative outcome and certain techniques to achieve this. For example, dramatic irony; this is when the audience know something that the characters in a particular scene don't. This occurs on a few occasions, like when the audience know how Romeo and Juliet are wedded together from a previous scene and when Romeo says to Tybalt "and so, good Capulet, which name I tender as dearly as my own..." ...read more.


Next is when Mercutio fights Tybalt and is fatally wounded when Romeo intervenes; this literally peaks the anxiety levels, leaving thoughts racing through the audiences minds as to what will happen next etc. and finally when Benvolio gives an account of events to the Prince, who banishes Romeo from the city of Verona. There is a chaotic feel during this scene, when acted out in a theatre the characters would be running on and off the stage wildly to show the panic of the situation. The fact that it is the scene following the happy turnout for Romeo and Juliet (their wedding) the Peripateia comes as a shock to the audience. As well as this, at the end of the scene when Prince says "immediately we do exile him hence," leave the entire scene at what could be described as a cliff-hanger. The effects of this obvious, it would shock the audience and leave them definitely in suspense, waiting to see what will happen in the following scene. In this scene Shakespeare uses many language devices, this to create tension as well. Even from the beginning the characters hint that bad is to happen, an example being how Benvolio (who is normally the who goes out looking for the fight) says and almost pleads of Mercutio that they should leave as the Capulet's are near in order to avoid a fight. ...read more.


This is made all the worse as Romeo comes from one of the rich high class families of Verona. But Tybalt gets it back from Mercutio with many threats "alla stoccata" however this was only something said to challenge him. Certainly the most effective line in the scene is "a plague on both your houses" said as Mercutio's last words; this is for two reasons, first the impact of the line, a plague being a strong word in itself meaning in this case 'a curse.' The audience know this may come back round and affect the families, coming back into dramatic irony. And secondly, it poses the question 'will Mercutio live or die?' however it may make the scene slightly more predictable in some cases and less of a surprise as the twists unroll. Now to end with a conclusion to the original question; how does Shakespeare create tension in Act 3 scene 1? The dramatic techniques are certainly presentadding to the tension of the scene. Act 3 scene 1 harvests maybe some of the most important events of the play, which have been executed to the highest degree by Shakespeare in this re-write of the story in Arthur Brooke's poem. The feel and ambience of the play, fools around with the audiences minds with suspense, pure anticipation as to what will occur next. The play itself and especially this scene seem to portray a series of unfortunate events, one thing leading to another and the mistakes mounting up. ...read more.

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