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How does Shakespeare create a sense of tension and drama in act 3, scene 1, and act 3, scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet?

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How does Shakespeare create a sense of tension and drama in act 3, scene 1, and act 3, scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet? Shakespeare uses many different techniques to create drama and the tension; he uses high levels of emotion and violence. He does this by creating a sense of danger and fear in these scenes which contain excitement and emotion. The build up to the fight scene is very jokey and relaxed. The two men are joking about fighting so it's a topic which is fresh on their minds, and one that they are both interested in. The background setting in conducive to a fight, because of it being so hot and the men believe if it's hot, it makes people more angry and irate. This is an example of pathetic fallacy: "The day is hot," and "The mad blood is stirring." These are both evidence to suggest that the men think that the hot weather will make them more liable to fight. The background setting is complements the fight. ...read more.


O simple!" which is effective and provokes Mercutio. It is clear that Mercutio wants a fight because he makes these constant requests throughout the scene, such as "Turn and draw" or "Make it a word and a blow". Mercutio is now irate and wound up and being very clear to Tybalt that he wants a fight. This causes a great deal of tension in the scene. Mercutio chooses to look for the insults, so violence is inevitable and this creates drama. Tybalt also says "Here comes my man" Tybalt is talking about Romeo because that's who Tybalt is after. Again, Mercutio chooses to take this as an insult. At this point, the dramatic tension is at its highest peak. This seems particularly high when Benvolio speaks, because he is calm, controlled and talks in Iambic metre, "We talk here in the public haunt of men." Benvolio becomes tense and worried, because so many people are watching, whereas Tybalt and Mercutio he says are raging. ...read more.


Before he was calm and quiet but he has now converted to become violent and threatening. He resorts to throwing verbal abuse at Juliet "mistress minion". Capulet is calling Juliet "spoilt." Threats are also being made by Capulet. Throughout the whole of the passage, the mood swings from calm and kind to incense and threatening to desperate and helpless. Juliet doesn't want to marry Paris and she is so desperate not to get married to him, that she threatens she will kill herself and asks he mum to make the "bridal bed" where Tybalt lies "Delay this marriage for a month, a week, or if you do not, make the bridal bed in that dim monument where Tybalt lies." This is one last desperate plea that in hope her parents will delay the wedding. In conclusion, Shakespeare creates tension and drama through out both of these scenes, by using a mixture of calm and in some cases, the use of iambic metre which gives a sense of flow or rhythm to the sentences and a calm, compared to the erratic, choppy sound of he prose, when the characters are angry. ...read more.

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