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How Does Shakespeare Create Dramatic Tension in act 3 scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet?

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How Does Shakespeare Create Dramatic Tension in act 3 scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet? In Shakespeare's play of 'Romeo and Juliet' Act three scene one 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 within this scene. Romeo and Juliet is a story of romance and lose where two families, Montague and Capulet who share the same feelings of hatred for each other and are in ever going battle, soon become united by a holy union. Romeo of the house of Montague falls in love with Juliet who is of the house of Capulet and in secrecy they get married. From here act 3 scene 1 plays out where Romeo goes and finds his friends Benvolio and Mercutio to rejoice in the great news but before he gets a chance Tybalt who is of the house of Capulet and hates Montague more than anything confronts Romeo in the streets of Verona. However, Romeo doesn't want to fight Tybalt as he is now family with him so Mercutio who is always quick to draw at any opportunity strikes at the chance and Tybalt and Mercutio have a brawl which ends badly. Romeo, who wants to keep the peace between them, steps in just as Tybalt jabs for Mercutio and ends up block his view and under Romeo's arm, Mercutio gets seriously wounded which leads to his death. ...read more.


a result of this, such as Juliet leaving Romeo for what he has done or the Prince executing Romeo as he promised in the first act for anyone that starts another brawl in the streets. So it builds tension and suspense as we wonder as to what is going to happen to Romeo and Juliet in the future. Also as it was harder to act out a convincing death scene that was believable and created tension in the audience in the 1600s, it was more effect to direct the character off-stage where the audience wouldn't know what was occurring. Also just after Tybalt killed Mercutio he fled the scene but then returns shortly after which makes us question why and if he is showing his sympathy as he feels guilty or has come back for more trouble. But his return definitely creates tension as now Romeo the once loved-up-teen is now filled with rage and anger which is a sudden change in his personality and it starts to worry the audience as you wonder whether he will act on his emotions and do something towards Tybalt. So this also creates tension. Another way Shakespeare creates tension is through honour. Throughout the play there is a continuing feud between the two families, Montague and Capulet, and it has been going on for as long as they can remember. ...read more.


So this effectively creates tension as we are kept on the edge and are always questioning what is going to happen. In conclusion Shakespeare creates an effective sense of tension throughout the scene and play in a variety of different ways. His choice of language can build up tension or the different types of irony used can create it. As this is one of the most important acts of the play it is key that the drama that occurs in this scene is presented well and then follows on for the rest of the play. Shakespeare manages to do this as Romeo and Juliet is definitely regarded as a tragic play. But before people can feel tragic about the play they first feel tension as emotions start to rise. An example of this is just before Tybalt fights Mercutio, where Tybalt confronts Romeo. Romeo is feeling all loved up and this makes the emotions around this scene very happy but then he lets these emotions get in the way when Tybalt challenges him which only angers him more, so then we feel the tension start to rise and then this continues rising even at the end of the scene. Shakespeare creates Tension by using dramatic devices, foreboding, language/symbolism, foreshadowing and Dramatic irony. When he does this the scene becomes more emotional, the relationships are more obvious and the audience feel more involved when dramatic irony is used as they feel they know something even the characters don't know. ...read more.

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