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How is Tybalt used to create tensionIn Romeo & Juliet? William Shakespeare's tragic love story "Romeo & Juliet" is about two lovers, separated by their family's feud. Though the

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01-10-05 P.J. Sheridan 10E How is Tybalt used to create tension In Romeo & Juliet? William Shakespeare's tragic love story "Romeo & Juliet" is about two lovers, separated by their family's feud. Though they love each other very much, they cannot be together as their families hate each other. Romeo and Juliet get married but die soon after that. We know this because in the prologue it says "From ancient grudge break to new mutiny", this means that their dislike of each other started a long time ago and grew as time went on. The audience is not enlightened as to why the feud started but it is said in the play that the feud had died down for a while until it flared up again during the course of this play. In an average Shakespearean tragedy, we would usually expect the main character to have some sort of a flaw in their personality, such as Macbeth's ambition which led him to murdering the King. We would also expect a man from a "good" family, both Romeo and Juliet came from "good" families. We would also expect there to be a murder, of course there is the death of Mercutio and Tybalt. Also, there tends to be an isolation of the hero, for example, when Romeo is banished after he kills Tybalt. The death of the hero is also quite common in Shakespearean tragedies and of course this applies to Romeo and Juliet's death. The restoration of order happens after Romeo and Juliet take their lives, as after they die the feud between the Capulets and Montagues ends. ...read more.

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This creates tension as we want to know what would happen if Tybalt and Benvolio had fought. Of course the language Shakespeare uses also creates tension. Many negative words are used while Tybalt is speaking. Words like "hate" and "hell". Other linguistic devices such as repetition are used to create tension. The repetition of the word "hate" creates tension in addition to Tybalt's threatening of Benvolio. Furthermore, the way in which Tybalt will say his lines could also create tension. I imagine that he would speak through the teeth in a hostile fashion. This was done slowly and deliberately in the Baz Luhrman version of the play. The film shows an extreme close-up of Tybalt's lips to accentuate this act of creating tension. The fact that this is all taking place in a public place (a street) could additionally create tension as this could become a riot if the citizens decide that the Capulets and The Montagues should stop their continuous feud. In Act 1, Scene 5: "The Capulet Masked Ball". In this scene, Romeo, Benvolio and Mercutio arrive uninvited at the masked ball that Lord and Lady Capulet have thrown. Romeo only agreed to go so that he could see Rosaline, his "love". Shakespeare is not only famous for his plays, but also his sonnets. At the Capulet ball, when Romeo first sees Juliet he performs a sonnet to explain what he feels when he sees her. He likens Juliet to "a snowy dove trooping with crows", this means she is like a beautiful dove, amongst crows. He uses this image to show that Juliet is so beautiful, that she stands out in a crowd. ...read more.

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If that were to happen then this wouldn't be a tragedy. Romeo, I believe, felt guilty for Mercutio's death, as h thought that if he had just fought Tybalt then Mercutio would still be alive. Tybalt played an extremely important role in this play, it was Tybalt that created tension throughout the play and without Tybalt, it would not be a tragedy (as I have just explained). After Tybalt's death, some characters refer back to him. The first one to do so is Nurse. She refers to Tybalt as her "best friend" and calls him an "honest gentleman". Nurse refers to Tybalt as an honest gentleman and as her best friend because he is almost family. This is why we cannot trust her, as the average person probably wouldn't insult someone you knew who died. Another reason we cannot trust what she says here is the fact that she is hysterical and is grieving. This essay question was on how Tybalt was used by Shakespeare to create tension in this play. Tybalt was used in many ways, it was through his actions and the way in which he spoke and acted in Act 1, Scene 1. it was the argument he had with Capulet and the revenge he swore against Romeo that created tension in Act 1, Scene 5. In Act 3, Scene 1, it was the fact that Tybalt was behaving strangely and how he was so focused on killing Romeo. I believe Tybalt is one of the most important characters in the play and that he was used very effectively to create tension in William Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet". A tragic love story about two star-crossed lovers. 2739 words ...read more.

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