• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How does Shakespeare build up dramatic Tension in Act III Scene I of Romeo and Juliet?

Extracts from this document...


How does Shakespeare build up dramatic Tension in Act III Scene I of 'Romeo and Juliet'? Romeo and Juliet is the 10th play written by William Shakespeare, possibly the best writer ever, in the Elizabethan era and still is one of the memorable plays of all time and it is still acted out today. Romeo and Juliet is an Elizabethan play set in Verona. He had written the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet in 1594-5. It tells the story of two families the Montague's and Capulet's, who have a deep hatred for each other. But the story has a huge shift when Romeo, a Montague, and Juliet, a Capulet, become husband and wife. Act III scene I is one of the most important section of the play as there is the death of Tybalt and Mercutio the change in attitude of Romeo. Shakespeare's play of Romeo and Juliet Act III scene I is seen as one of the main climaxes in the play, we can see this from the way that Shakespeare uses dramatic devices to create tension and conflict. Shakespeare includes pathetic fallacy, foreshadowing, puns and dramatic irony to add to this effect. This scene, Act III scene I, is the second scene where there is violence as it show the fights and deaths of Mercutio and Tybalt. This violence brings up the start of the tragedy. ...read more.


But Tybalt ignores Mercutio because he has his attention on Romeo. The audience know that Romeo has not been home so he does not know that Tybalt has sent him a letter challenging him to a duel. Romeo does not know that Tybalt had recognised him at the masked ball and Tybalt felt angry and humiliated that Montague's have come to the Capulet's masked ball. Tybalt does not know that Romeo is married to Juliet and now he is related to Romeo by marriage. Even when Tybalt is trying to ignore Mercutio, Mercutio is still provoking him and he is being facetious to Tybalt. When Mercutio say 'your worship in that sense may call him man,' he is being sarcastic and there is a quibble over the meaning of the word of 'man.' Again Tybalt ignores Mercutio and turns his attention on Romeo and confronts him. Tybalt call Romeo a villain but Romeo reaction is different. Romeo is happy he say he 'I have to love thee.' He says this because Tybalt is now recognised as family to Romeo and all Romeo does is love. Tybalt is being patronising by calling Romeo 'boy'. Tension is created by insults are being thrown at each other and sooner or later this will result into a fight. What Tybalt say on lines 62-63 is because Romeo illegally enters the party and Tybalt got told off for wanting to get rid of him. ...read more.


Tybalt again call Romeo 'boy,' which is again mocking him. They fight to the death and in the end the person who had died was Tybalt. After been called a boy he has just killed a man. Romeo from being a peacemaker he has turned into a murderer. Benvolio is insisting that Romeo should flee quickly as the citizens and people of Verona are coming. Just before Romeo exits he says 'o I am fortune's fool!' Fate has pushed him to this situation. When Romeo has killed Tybalt , he realises the likely consequence of his actions. The prince, Montague's and Capulet's all enter to see and hear the situation that has occurred. The prince asks what has happened and Benvolio basically tells him that Tybalt has been slain by Romeo and Mercutio has been slain by Tybalt. Lady Capulet acts typically as she would defend her family to death. She is being melodramatic in what she says. Benvolio tell the truth but lady Capulet does not believe him as he is a Montague. Lady Capulet want to kill Romeo and it is vengeance for killing Tybalt but now due to the marriage Romeo is lady Capulet's son-in-law. The prince banishers Romeo from Verona and if he comes back again 'that hour is his last.' This is irony because he means it and it comes true but not the way he meant it to. Previous this scene everything was good and optimistic but this scene is the turning as there are two deaths. ?? ?? ?? ?? Priyesh Patel 10TS ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Miscellaneous section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Miscellaneous essays

  1. How does Shakespeare use act 1 scene 7 and act 2 scene 2, to ...

    The other main character in the play is Lady Macbeth. She is portrayed as a very strong and domineering character. For Macbeth to have a women as such a dominant character was a very bold risk because, during the time of Shakespeare women (especially married women)

  2. How is Shylock presented in Act IV Scene I in The Merchant of Venice?

    pound of flesh from Antonio's breast, she mentions that he should allow it out of good will and "charity". However, Shylock simply replies, "I cannot find it; 'tis not in the bond." Shylock kicks off all the persuasion he is given and replaces it with a carefree look and a short, snappy reply.

  1. By what means has J.B Priestly created dramatic tension at the end of act ...

    This conversation is taken over by this act's two main characters, Mrs. Birling and the inspector. He has evidence that Eva tried to find help from the committee, but Mrs. Birling takes offence after Eva had introduced herself as Mrs.

  2. Discuss How Shakespeare uses Dramatic Techniques to

    Her mother then proceeds to tell her the news that she will marry Paris; "Marry, my child, early next Thursday morn The gallant, young, and noble gentleman. The county Paris, at Saint Peter's church, Shall happily make thee there a joyful bride."

  1. Shylock, Victim or Villain

    As a modern audience we would understand that Shylock wants revenge as he has been treated so badly by Antonio. Shylock is a villain in this scene "why dost thou whet thy knife so earnestly?" Shylock thinks he has already won at the start of the scene which is gruesome and overconfident; Shylock is definitely a villain in this scene.

  2. How does Shakespeare Prepare the Audience for the Tragic events of Act 5 Scene ...

    However despite all his romance and poetic language, when Romeo is introduced one gets the impression he is quite immature in his feelings and the 'love' he feels is more lust. When Romeo first meets Juliet it is under circumstances forced upon him by both Mercutio and Benvolio.

  1. Macbeth William Shakespeare

    I feel sorry for Macbeth at this point, as we see that he really wants to be king, but in gaining this title he has to do an evil deed, kill someone who has rewarded him and trusts him. In his soliloquy he outlines reasons not to kill him.

  2. Romeo and Juliet

    When reading the scene for the first time, I felt pity for Elizabeth and in some ways was able to relate to the emotions she may have felt. I felt empathy for her as being a teenager in today's society, one is often used to rejection and humiliation.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work