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How Shakespeare Creates Tension in Julius Caesar Act 1 Scene 3.

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Julius Caesar Act 1 Scene 3 Tension In act one scene three of Julius Caesar, there are many things that help to create tension and really help the reader to understand the immediate danger that is to follow. For example, the scene itself uses pathetic fallacy to set the scene and create a sense of tension. The ?thunder and lightning? effect our emotions in such a way that we are able to foreshadow things to come and realize that this is no ordinary scene. Furthermore, we can see further foreshadowing when Caska explains ?For I believe they are portentous things.? The word portentous helps to create a sinister and ominous setting and is an indication of things to come. ...read more.


The conspirators and Caesar. Cassius also seems to be blaming Caesar for these events and says that the gods are angry because Caesar has been offered the crown; we can see this when Cassius says ?as doth the lion in the Capitol.? Further tension is created when Cassius clearly shows his hatred for Caesar. For example, he refers to him as being ?no mightier than thyself, or me, in personal action, yet prodigious grown and fearful.? He is showing that he believes Caesar is weak and that he should not be offered the crown. This is also shown earlier on in the play when Cassius explains the story of when he and Caesar did swim the river Tiber and when Caesar asked for Cassius? help when he was drowning. ...read more.


Finally, a great amount of tension is created in the way Cassius manipulates Caska and this eventually leads to Caska joining the conspirators. This can be seen when Caska says ?and I will set foot of mine as far as who goes farthest.? This shows that Caska is willing to do whatever it takes and to go as far as any other man who is part of the cause. It is also shown when Cassius explains ?there?s a bargain made.? Furthermore, when Cassius arranges the meeting to be held ?in Pompey?s porch? a huge amount of tension is created, as the place is ironic as Pompey is Caesar?s enemy and he has defeated them not too long ago. ...read more.

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