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How does Shakespeare create tension and Keep the audience fully engaged in act 3 scene 5.

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Introduction

GCSE course work 4 How does Shakespeare create tension and Keep the audience fully engaged in act 3 scene 5. In the beginning of act 3 scene 5 Romeo and Juliet had just spent their first night together after their marriage. When Romeo and Juliet woke in the morning Romeo was getting ready to go, when Juliet asked him to stay and that it was not the morning 'lark' he heard, but it was the 'nightingale'. Romeo knew he had to go as he was banished for killing Tybolt and would be killed if found in Juliet's bedroom. This causes huge tension as the audience know that he will be killed if he doesn't leave but Juliet still tries to persuades him to stay 'therefore stay yet, thou need'st not be gone'. ...read more.

Middle

This is convenient for them as they would have more power and therefore not have to worry about anything. When Juliet tells Capulet that she wont marry Paris he gets infuriated and goes mad. He tells her that she ha better marry Paris or he will turn her away from the family and make her live on the streets 'graze where you will, you shall not house with me'. Juliet's mother is just as hard on her as she wishes she were dead for being so ungrateful ' I would the fool who were married to her grave'. This is an irony as we later find out that she does die on her wedding day. This creates tension as Romeo and Juliet are already married and therefore Juliet can't marry Paris, which her parents want. ...read more.

Conclusion

This shows us that the nurse has major mood changes, which leaves the audience to wonder what's going to happen now that the nurse is no longer helping Juliet and the tension dramatically increases. At the end of the scene Juliet becomes very cunning and tells the nurse to tell her parents that she will marry Paris, while she then sneaks out to ask the priest for help as he is the last person she trusts and who could help her, although if he has no way of helping her then she will commit suicide rather than be forced to marry Paris 'If all else fails, myself have power to die.' This is irony as Juliet does end up committing suicide. This also adds tension as as the audience can sense what's going to happen but cant stop it from happening as well as wanting to know how and why everything turns out. Maria Naylor ...read more.

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