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How does Shakespeare create dramatic tension in

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How does Shakespeare create dramatic tension in Act III scene III Act III scene I is a turning point in the play, a violent scene that ends in Mercutio's death. The use of juxtaposition immediately sets the tone and heightens the tension. In Act III scene I Shakespeare creates tension through carefully selected language. An example of this is when Mercutio describes Benvolio in a way that would be better fitting himself. "Come, come thou art as hot as a jack in thy mood as any in Italy." Mercutio is describing Benvolio in a way that is opposite to the truth and better matches his own character. Mercutio is trying to aggravate Benvolio in a humorous way so that he can try and get an angry response from Benvolio so that he can prepare Benvolio to fight. Mercutio's character is contrasted with Benvolio's character, as they both react differently to the Capulets arrival. Benvolio is worried that a fight will break out but Mercutio doesn't appear concerned. ...read more.


"You rat-catcher". "King of cats". Mercutio is insulting Tybalt. He is playing on an extended metaphor comparing Tybalt to a cat. This causes tension because the audience knows that Tybalt is an aggressive character, and if Mercutio keeps on aggravating and provoking him, it will end up it a fight. Mercutio continues to laugh and play on words up to his death. "Ask for me tomorrow and you shall find me a grave man." Mercutio creates a double meaning on the word 'grave'. It can mean that he is a happy healthy man or the place that he will be buried. This causes tension on the audience because they want to know what has happened to Mercutio. In Act III Scene I the first dramatic device used is juxtaposition. The end of the wedding scene in Act II Scene VI leads straight to Act III Scene I which is a violent scene. The next dramatic device used is pathetic fallacy. An example of this is when Benvolio says "For now these hot days is the mad blood stirring." ...read more.


Shakespeare brilliantly delivers Mercutio's curse as a sign of fate. "A plague on both your houses." This curse is very important because in the Elizabethan period, curses were believed in. Witches and those considered to have the power to curse people were feared and hated. The audience reacts in a sense that Romeo died because he was cursed. During the mid 1590's, Britain was hit by a succession of terrible harvests that lead to hunger and plague epidemics. In Act III Scene I, Friar John is delayed in delivering Friar Lawrence's plan due to him being quarantined as a consequence of the plague Factors such as riots, plagues and famine lead to instability and unrest in the audience. The fact that the play was set in Italy enabled the playwright to express the country's problems seeming to criticize it. He was not exposing Italian social, issues, just by using an Italian legend as his source. In conclusion, Shakespeare used the techniques in Act III Scene I, to successfully display the deaths of Mercutio and Tybalt dramatically. The effectiveness of dramatic devices such as pathetic fallacy and pathos and the language helps in showing the deaths of the two characters. Javed Kapadia ...read more.

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