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How Does Shakespeare Create An Atmosphere of Tension in Act 1 Scene 5 and Act 3 Scene 5?

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How Does Shakespeare Create An Atmosphere of Tension in Act 1 Scene 5 and Act 3 Scene 5? In Act 1 Scene 5 and Act 3 Scene 5, there is the use of dramatic tension. Shakespeare creates an atmosphere of tension in many ways. Act 1 Scene 5 is an important scene in the play as it is where Romeo and Juliet first meet. It is also where they discover that Romeo is a Montague and that Juliet is a Capulet. The deep level of hatred of Tybalt towards the Montagues and Romeo is also shown. Before Act 1 Scene 5 begins, the audience is already aware of many things. They are aware that Romeo is a Montague and that Juliet is a Capulet, and that they will become "star-crossed" lovers. The audience is also aware that Romeo and Juliet will both die, and that Capulet has already arranged for Juliet to marry Paris. The scene begins with a very light-hearted atmosphere with humour as the servants are bickering whilst clearing up. There is also relative darkness as Capulet asks for there to be more light, "More light, more light!" The darkness adds to the dangerous and tense atmosphere on the stage. ...read more.


Romeo and Juliet use different imagery and language when they first meet. Romeo uses animal imagery saying that Juliet is a white dove and compared to her, every other girl is a black crow, "So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows". They also use very religious and cultural language as Romeo says that his lips are the pilgrim and that Juliet's lips are the holy place and that their lips should be together, "My lips two blushing pilgrims ready to stand To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss". This creates tension, as the audience knows that Romeo is a Montague and that Juliet is a Capulet and that it is dangerous for them to be together. When Romeo and Juliet discover who they are, they are both stunned, and they feel a sense of doom. They also feel a sense of despair and disappointment. This juxtaposition of their feelings is engaging for the audience, as they feel love for each other, but at the same time they feel hate at the fact that they come from two rival families. There are many emotions displayed in this scene. ...read more.


Either my eyesight fails, or thoukest pale". This is prophetic of when Romeo dies in the tomb. Lady Capulet says, "Shall give him such and unaccustomed dram, That he shall soon keep Tybalt company". This is prophetic of when Romeo drinks the poison and ends up dying where Tybalt is. Juliet also says, "Or if you do not, make the bridal bed In that dim monument where Tybalt lies". This is prophetic of Juliet killing herself. This creates tension as the audience is given hints as to what might happen in the play. Capulet uses different imagery to describe Juliet. He describes her as a hussy, "Mistress minion you". He also uses animal imagery where he compares her to a horse and a cow, "But fettle your fine joints...Graze where you will". This makes the audience feel sympathy for Juliet. The social historical context affects this scene tremendously. This is because in the days when the play was set, it would have been a mortal sin to marry when already married. To summarise, Shakespeare uses many different and many effective ways to create an atmosphere of tension in Act 1 Scene 5 and Act 3 Scene 5. Kunal Patel 11E - AMN ...read more.

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