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How does William Shakespeare create dramatic tension during the Act 3 Scene 1, with Romeo's dilemma interwined.

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Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet's play writer, William Shakespeare, created dramatic tension and ties in Romeo's dilemma during the opening of Act 3 Scene 1 by Benvolio stating at the start of the scene that "the day is hot". With Benvolio stating this at the start of the scene, it clues in the reader that as such, people will lose their temper much easier in a hot day like theirs; with the Capulets out, it just increases the danger of a family fight between the Montague's and Capulet's again, which would therefore result in the deaths of both heads of the families. With Benvolio's fears of this, Mercutio shrugs this off claiming that Benvolio is "as hot a Jack in thy mood as any in Italy; and as soon moved to be moody, and as soon moody to be moved". ...read more.

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Benvolio, aware now that the Capulets are here, fears for the danger that will happen to both families. He attempts to try to lift the situation in better spirits, but to no avail, it does not work. Mercutio, taunting Tybalt all the way as he arrived, makes the situation worse and increases the tenseness of the situation; "Consort? What, dost thou make us minstrels?" Tybalt, only seeking Romeo, tries to make peace with Mercutio, but Mercutio, hot-tempered as ever, ignores these pleas and continues the taunting. As the situation escalates, Romeo arrives, making the already bad circumstance worse. Tybalt, feeling insulted that Romeo dare enter a party hosted by the Capulet's, wishes revenge for this dishonour and asks that they fight. ...read more.

Conclusion

With this, Romeo (troubled now) asks Benvolio to draw his sword to make them both stop. Romeo then shields Tybalt from Mercutio, only for Mercutio to wound Mercutio. Mercutio, covering his wound, claims it to be a scratch and has his page get him a surgeon. He uses his dry wit even at the most fatal of times for himself and says "Ask around for me tomorrow, and you shall find me a grave man." Mercutio, angry now at Romeo for getting in their way asks why he came between them. To which Romeo says "I thought all for the best." Tragedy strikes and Mercutio curses both houses "A plague o' both your houses, They have made worms' meat of me. I have it, and soundly too. Your houses!" ...read more.

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