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Methods to increase tension.

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What technique does Shakespeare use to create tension in Act 3, Scene 1? Friday 19th October 2007 Shakespeare has cleverly used a variety of techniques in which the tension builds or drops at different times. In the scene before Romeo and Juliet have just gotten married oblivious to there friends and family, the audience and Friar Lawrence only know. Also Benvolio, Mercutio and Romeo have another brawl with Tybalt. An example of an technique Shakespeare uses is dramatic irony, the first we see of dramatic irony in this scene is when Benvolio and Mercutio are in a public place and Benvolio gives a subtle hint that there will be fight, this is when he says "I pray thee, good Mercutio, let's retire. The day is hot, the Capels are broad; And if we meet, we shall not escape a brawl, for now, these hot days is the mad blood stirring." This quote is like a warning to the audience that there's going be fight or at least a confrontation. I think this a good technique as it leaves the mind to question if it's going to happen and anticipate what will happen next if there was to be a fight, which there is. ...read more.


This use of language makes the tension increase because it shows that Romeo entering there are different reactions which give off tension for different reasons. This is a good technique because it's as though the audience is anticipating what will happen and the atmosphere is tense and waiting for Romeo's reaction. Tybalt then tells Romeo to "turn and draw" at this point in the film when Romeo refuses to fight and is letting Tybalt hit him repeatedly. In the play Romeo responds by saying "I do protest I never injured thee, But love thee better than though canst devise Till thou shalt know the reason of my by love; And so, good Capulet, which name tender As dearly as my own, be satisfied." This is an expected change for Juliet's sake and the circumstances he can't fight with Tybalt. Another method Shakespeare uses to create tension is by speech and language which makes the audience think and imaging using what is said and different symbols (e.g. ? and ! ) would be when Tybalt says to Mercutio "Mercutio thou consort's with Romeo -". This (-) sign shows that he was mid-sentence when Mercutio interrupts with "'Consort' what, dost thou make us minstrels? ...read more.


But after he kills Tybalt he regrets his hasty move and thinks of Juliet and the Prince forbidding any public brawls, I think at this point Romeo is in amazement. In the film and play there are also little insults or parts where the tension slightly increases or decreases. In the film Baz Lurhman uses other different techniques to build tension such as changing the weather from sunny when it's happy and light-hearted and thunderous, rainy and dark when it's sad or an angry atmosphere, these weather contrasts of shots are taken from the same angle at the same place. Another method to increase tension is making the music from low and slow to loud and fast to build the tension gradually or just slow and fast or loud and quiet. Another way tension is increased in the film is when Baz Lurhman uses a contrast of clips an example would be when the boys were fighting in an instance you see Juliet all happy and talking about her love for Romeo and then changed back in an instance back to Romeo fighting. In the play and film Shakespeare and Baz Lurhman use there diverse techniques to build tension effectively and use them cleverly where there needed. ?? ?? ?? ?? Faduma Ali Ossoble 8:4 English: Miss Brambeld ...read more.

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