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Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet Discuss the ways in which William Shakespeare creates and maintains dramatic tension in act 3 scenes 1 of Romeo and Juliet. 'Two star struck lovers', inhabitants of the city of Verona. The only major set back is that Romeo is a Montague and Juliet is from the rival/socially equal family, the Capulets. They both manage to become a couple behind their families' backs but, after five days, Juliet goes to Friar Lawrence and gets a substance which makes her seem dead. She drinks it and sure enough, she gets placed in the family tomb. This is where Romeo finds out and comes to the tomb to see her and if the rumour is true. It seems to be. He breaks down and kills himself, distraught after seeing his beloved wife 'dead'. This is when Juliet comes round and does the same. ...read more.


In other words, and I quote: 'In life it is those who act correctly who carry off the rewards' So in theory, what I think Romeo and Juliet is about is rebellious lust. The quote that I used means that you have to act to make your own consequences and fate. Romeo and Juliet was William Shakespeare's first tragedy, which also had a romantic theme. It was written in 1574 and was performed by Lord Chamberlain's Company. It was popular because it fitted in with the height of the times; when poets were writing love sonnets in the 1500's. It was based on a poem by Arthur Brooke (who based the poem on another story). The plot is also a good story to make the play popular because it has masses of conflict between two households (the Capulets and the Montagues) ...read more.


Shakespeare sets up conflict between how the audience feel and what they know by starting the play with the prologue: "From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes; Pair of star crossed lovers loses their life." This prepares the audience for what lies ahead, and also prepares them for how the plot unfolds, the above quote has a very vital meaning Directly explain the meaning of the above lines, commenting too on the dramatic words, fatal - foes - lose their life This is dramatic tension and irony by making you find out that Romeo and Juliet die at the end at the end of the play. This keeps the audience involved in the action because they're in a state of mind to see how the star-crossed lovers die. This immediately creates dramatic tension to set the scenes that lie ahead. Shakespeare signals the high tension of this scene from the 1st line: ...read more.

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