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How is tension created in Act 3 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet(TM) by William Shakespeare

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How is tension created in Act 3 Scene 1 of 'Romeo and Juliet' by William Shakespeare Act 3 scene 1 is one of the most dramatic scenes in the play; in this scene two main characters die and Romeo is banished. Benvolio and Mercutio are waiting on the street for Romeo to arrive, whilst waiting Tybalt arrives. Tybalt is looking for Romeo as he wants to punish him for attending the Capulet masked ball. When Romeo arrives he does not want to fight Tybalt, Tybalt does not know how to react to Romeo telling him that he loves the Capulet house, however, Mercutio challenges him to a duel and Tybalt reacts. Tybalt draws his sword and attacks Mercutio, Romeo tries to stop the fight, and nevertheless Mercutio is stabbed by Tybalt. Benvolio takes Mercutio and leaves to find a doctor, Benvolio later returns to tell Romeo that Mercutio has died. Romeo seeks revenge on Tybalt and challenges him to a duel. Romeo and Tybalt fight and Romeo kills Tybalt. Benvolio says to Romeo that he should leave before the people see. ...read more.


Another way the scene is made light-hearted is the way in which Mercutio makes fun of Benvolio; "Thou wilt quarrel with a man for cracking nuts, having no other reason but because thou hast hazel eye." This quotation is saying that Benvolio would fight with anyone just because they have hazel eyes. It shows that Mercutio is making fun of Benvolio because we already know that Benvolio is the peacemaker of the play. In this scene Mercutio is acting very peculiar and slightly angry, he replys to Benvolio, "by my heel, I care not." This comment shows that he does not care that the Capulets are coming and that Tybalt seems like he wants to fight. Mercutio acts similarly to this in Act 1 Scene 5 when he starts talking about when Queen Mab coming into his dreams and also when he takes drugs before attending the Capulet's masked ball. In this scene Benvolio tries to keep the peace between the Capulets and the Montagues. When Benvolio says, "We talk here in the public haunt of men: either withdraw unto some private place, and reason coldly of your grievances, or else depart: here all eyes gaze on us." ...read more.


The tension is increased because the audience waits to see what the reaction from the already tense Tybalt. When Romeo refuses to fight for this reason Tybalt becomes angry because he doe not understand what and why Romeo is saying, "Good Capulet,-- which name I tender as dearly as my own,-- be satisfied." Romeo is telling Tybalt that he loves the Capulets as much as he does his own family and refuses to fight him. Tybalt does not understand this comment as he doesn't know that Romeo and Juliet, his cousin, are married. Shakespeare uses dramatic irony; allowing the audience to know that Romeo and Juliet are married, which creates tension as the audience is waiting for a reaction from the other characters. The way in which Romeo refuses to fight Tybalt makes him mad as Tybalt is not in control of the situation, in the rest of the play he has always been seen as the leader of the Capulet boys, now he does not know how to react, this makes him feel threatened making him mad. Tybalt is frustrated by this because Tybalt has set out to fight Romeo. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 Cherie Gregory- English Romeo and Juliet Essay - DRAFT ...read more.

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