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How does Shakespeare create tension and keep the audiences attention in Romeo and Juliet Act 3 Scene 1 and Act 3 Scene 3

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How does Shakespeare create tension and keep the audiences attention in Romeo and Juliet Act 3 Scene 1 and Act 3 Scene 3? Romeo and Juliet is a classic example of Shakespeare's ability to write a play with both funny aspects and a tragedy, and in this case, many tragedies. In Romeo and Juliet there are many moments of tension which are made to keep the audiences attention and on the edge of their seats as well as interested. Both of the scenes I am writing about fit this agenda. Romeo and Juliet are both apart of different families, the Montagues and the Capulets. These families have being feuding for a long time about who is more royal and worthy etc. Romeo is a Montague and Juliet is a Capulet and this obviously creates a lot of trouble when the two fall in love and, very hastily, get married. This leads into Act 3 Scene 1. In Act 3 Scene 1 it is a very hot day. This means everyone is on edge in Verona and there is a feeling of oppression. This is shown when Benvolio says 'For now these hot days, is the mad blood stirring'. This simply means because of the weather spirits are high and everyone is tense. Benvolio wants to go indoors because of this and he knows if the Capulets show up there will be trouble but Mercutio refuses and isn't bothered if the Capulets show up. Benvolio is a known peace maker while Mercutio is known to be the exact opposite and rather mischievous and this is why they have differences in opinion of what to do. ...read more.


Even though Mercutio is on the point of death he still insists on being his old self and playing word games. He says 'ask for me tomorrow and you shall find a grave man' grave can mean a person who is sad and serious but can also mean the grave of a man where a person rests when they are dead. So by saying grave he means he is going to die. Another play on words Mercutio uses is 'scratch a man to death' which he is using because of Tybalt's nickname 'King of Cats' When Benvolio breaks the news that Mercutio is dead Romeo says 'This day's black fate on moe days doth depend, this but begins the woe others must end.' This is the point in the play where all the tragedy begins. Romeo is saying here that a bad chain of events is going to happen and Shakespeare often uses signs like this to show what is going to happen in the future. When Tybalt enters again Romeo does what he is known for and hot-headedly rushes to fight Tybalt. Tybalt repeats the insults which he used before 'villain', 'boy', and 'consort'. The tension is created once again when the two characters meet because of the rivalry but this tension is boosted because Tybalt has just slain Mercutio. Romeo adds more to the tension by saying 'Either thou or 1, or both, must go with him' when referring to Mercutio's death. This confirms that there is going to be a death making more tension and encouraging the reader to read on. ...read more.


this is a very bad way of saying 'get lost!' and shows that Capulet is at the end of his tether. All this builds up a huge amount of tension because of what a rage Capulet is in. Lady Capulet in response to all this says 'You are too hot' this is what Benvolio said in Act 3 Scene 1 and what a disaster happened there. Capulet now leaves. Juliet then turns to her mother and says 'O sweet mother, cast me not away!' but Lady Capulet says 'Talk not to me, for I'll not speak a word. Do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee' and exits. Now both her Mother and Father have completely disbanded her. With her Mother and Father gone Juliet realises what a terrible situation she is in, but things get worse when she realises that her religion forbids her to get married when she is already married to another person so her religion has turned on her too. In a desperate attempt for help she turns to the nurse 'Some comfort, Nurse' but Nurse says 'I think it is best you married with the County'. Now everyone has turned on Juliet and she has no one else to turn to, apart from Romeo who has been expelled from Verona. Her last words in the scene are 'If all else fail, myself have the power to die' this could be an indication that later in the play Juliet is going to commit suicide, Shakespeare uses several of these indications during his play writing to keep the reader hooked and keep them guessing therefore adding tension. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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