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How does Shakespere use violence and conflict to build dramatic tension through the play? Make particular references to Act 1 Scene 1 and Act 3 Scene 1.

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Perry Taylor 10.3 English Coursework How does Shakespere use violence and conflict to build dramatic tension through the play? Make particular references to Act 1 Scene 1 and Act 3 Scene 1. Shakespere wrote three types of plays, comedies, histories and tragedies. Romeo and Juliet is a tradgey wher the main protagonists die. The play opens with a prolouge and is spoken in Chorus. The Chorus is a fourteen line sonnet, which gives details of what is going to happen and that the two households have an ancient feud, but they do not know why, and the result of the feud will result in a violent and bloody conflict between the two households. Shakespere makes it clear to the audience that they are watching a tragedy where the two main characters will die. " From fourth the fatal loins of these two foes. A pair of stair-crossed lovers take their lives". ...read more.


The audience is made aware that this is a society where swords are drawn for very little or no reason at all and that the honour of a mans household must be defended at all costs. Finall, the fight is broken up by Prince Escalus, then he forbids any further conflicts and threatens them with the death penalty if they disobbey him. The brawl ends, but the hatred between the families grow even greater. Benvolio, Lord Montague (Romeo's father) and Lady Montague (Romeo's mother) are the only people still in the scene and Lady Montague is concerned for Romeo because he nhad been seen outside Verona. Romeo is now introduced to the audience and you find out he has an unrequited love for Rosaline. However when he sees Juliet at the Capulet party, before hes even spoken to her, it is clear that he has fallen in love with her and has completely forgotten about Rosaline and says: "Did my heart love till now? ...read more.


Mercutio makes witty replies to Tybalt and tries to provoke but Romeo then enters. Romeo does'nt want to fight Tybalt, so Tybalt tries to provoke Romeo so he will fight him and calls him things like a villain. This is the first time in the play that Tybalt and Romeo had had a face to face confrontation and is a different type of conflict to the one of Act 1 Scene 1. Tybalt desperately wants to fight Romeo and is desperately seeking revenge, however, Romeo refuses to fight him because he had just secretly married Tybalts cousin, Juliet. Another scene that has high tension is Act 3 Scene 5, where Juliets mother tells Juliet that she is to marry Paris the following Thursday, however, Juliet refuses to marry him and says she is not in love with him, then Juliets father enters and this builds up even more tension and he changes from very calm to very angry the instance he finds out his daughter had refused to marry Paris and starts shouting at her. ...read more.

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