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

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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.

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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.

Conclusion

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.

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