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How tension is created in act 1 scene 5

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How has Shakespeare created tension in Act 1, Scene 5? In Act one, Scene five, Shakespeare does not just use tone shifts, similes, metaphors, and sonnets, he is also uses the background of story to create fear through rivalry, the Monatgues and Capulets. Romeo and Juliet is a tale of two lovers from two rival families. Set in the heart of Verona these to families are constantly at war with each other, and when these two lovers meet at the masked ball (Act 1, Scene 5), they could never have imagined what was in store for them. Written by Shakespeare this 1623 novel is the greatest of its time. Romeo and Juliet are the two main characters in this play; they experience romantic tension as soon as they meet. This builds up throughout the scene and climaxes when Romeo and Juliet first kiss. After Romeo first meets Juliet everyone in the audience knows that Romeo will chase after Juliet, they also know that Romeo has already started to fall in love with her as he refers to her as "Like a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear". ...read more.


Tension is also created between Romeo and Tybalt, the arch enemies of the two families. They do not actually meet each other at the party but the reader knows from Tybalt's tone that if they did then there would be big trouble. Romeo is talking romantically about Juliet and then we have a tone shift from Romeo being romantic and then Tybalt's angry tone giving the audience and unexpected surprise, "This by his voice should be a Montague, Fetch me my Rapier boy!". Shakespeare once again uses the family feud between the Montagues and Capulets to scare the audience. The reader knows it is a Capulet ball and Romeo should not be there. As soon as Capulet asks for his Rapier (sword), the reader knows he is angry and he is going to hunt down Romeo. Tybalt looks down on Romeo as he were nothing "To fleer and scorn at our solemnity?" This shows once again how much tension there is between the two families Montagues and Capulets. Tybalt is left with no choice but to kill Romeo "To strike him dead I hold it not a sin". ...read more.


As Tybalt and Capulet's argument continues Capulet becomes more and more angry with Tybalt, "Why, uncle, 'tis a shame- GO TO, GO TO". Capulet cuts in and maybe from here the audience can infer that the Capulet family is falling apart. The final two people that tension is created between in this scene are Capulet and Juliet. Capulet is Juliet's father and is very unlikely to allow Romeo and Juliet to be together. These two do not actually speak to each other in the scene but the audience knows that Capulet and Juliet both know Romeo and Juliet cannot be together under the families' wishes. Juliet is meant to be marrying Paris which creates hope tension as the reader doesn't want Juliet and Paris to marry, they want Juliet to be with Romeo. Fear tension is created once again as maybe Capulet will not allow Juliet to leave Paris, which reinforces the beliefs of the audience that maybe the Capulet family is falling apart. In conclusion, there are a range of techniques used to create tension between sets of characters. Tension is not only created between the two rival families but tension is also created within the two rival families. ?? ?? ?? ?? Nicholas Ross English course work -1- ...read more.

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