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How is Act 3, Scene 1 of "Romeo and Juliet"a particularly important scene and how does Shakespeare creates and maintain tension Throughout the scene?

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How is Act 3, Scene 1 of "Romeo and Juliet" a particularly important scene and how does Shakespeare creates and maintain tension Throughout the scene? Act 3, Scene 1 is an important scene in the play "Romeo and Juliet" as it causes a change in the direction of the play. It is called the turning point as everything in the play starts to go wrong, and not how Romeo and Juliet had planned. Everything before this point has gone to plan but one simple mistake changes everything. In Act 1 the capulets have a party which Romeo attends, but with completely innocent intensions. However when he was there he was spotted by Tybalt (a Capulet). He wants to take revenge on him but he is told to calm down and leave it else he will ruin the whole party. So Tybalt leaves the party wanting revenge On Romeo. After Tybalt has left the party Romeo meets Juliet and they fall in love. Before they find out that the other is from their Rival family by this point it is too late. Then in Act 2 Romeo and Juliet are married by Friar Lawrence in secret. ...read more.

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Benvolio says this in panic, which adds tension to the play. Although Tybalt doesn't know that Mercutio wants to fight, he wouldn't not fight as the audience learns earlier in the play that he is a hot-blooded man and is hateful towards all Montagues. The audience learns this in Act 1, Scene 1, "What, drawn and talk of peace? I hate the word, As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee. Have at thee, coward." Benvolio warns them of what the prince said about brawling in the streets, the prince said that anymore fighting would be on pain of death. Tybalt may have had to think about this, but the audience probably thought that Mercutio didn't care as he was related to the prince and may be able to get away with it. When Romeo enters it adds more Tension because Tybalt is about to fight when he realises that his main enemy has just walked in (Romeo.) "Well peace be with you, sir, here comes my man." Tybalt tells this to Mercutio because he wants to fight Romeo even though he hates Mercutio as well. The audience becomes tense as they don't know who will fight, they probably don't think it matters if Tybalt and Mercutio fight because this doesn't affect Romeo and Juliet. ...read more.

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At this point Juliet finds out what Romeo has done. She doesn't know what to think but eventually decides that if Romeo hadn't have killed Tybalt then he would have killed Romeo so she decides that Romeo had to kill Tybalt. The tension in this scene of the play constantly goes up, but when they fight the tension drops. The audience is probably most tense when Romeo kills Tybalt, as they know that it has potentially ruined a happy ending for Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare manages to maintain tension throughout the scene by making everything happen not as the audience had expected and making everything not so obvious so that when it comes to something happening that they didn't expect, the audience becomes very tense. To conclude I think that Shakespeare manages to create and maintain tension very well throughout the whole scene keeping the audience very tense and on the edge of there seats. The fact that the scene is very long it means that it is harder for Shakespeare to keep tension at a high level all the way through this is why at several points he does keep the tension low but manages to maintain it. ...read more.

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