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Using Act 5, Scene 3, up to the point when Juliet dies, examine how Shakespeare creates an atmosphere of tension and fear in this final part of his tragedy 'Romeo and Juliet'. The famous play 'Romeo and Juliet', written by Shakespeare, is full of tension and includes themes such as love, death and fate. In Act 5, Scene 3, the audience expects a dramatic final scene. This is because in the prologue Shakespeare tells us that it ends with the death of the two lovers. For example "star-cross'd lovers take their life" and "their death-mark'd love". The 'star-cross'd lovers' means that Romeo and Juliet and destined to be lovers. The 'death-mark'd love' means their love will lead them to death. This creates tension for the audience as they know the two lovers will meet and fall in love and then they will die but they don't know how, why or when. Tension is where the scene builds up a climax and keeps you on the edge of your seat, wanting to know what will happen next. For example, when Romeo kills himself and then Juliet wakes up, personally, that creates a lot of tension as I'm drawn into it and will be dieing to know what's going to happen next. ...read more.


This would make the audience feel worried for him and wonder if he really has gone insane with his love for Juliet. During Romeo's soliloquy, after he found Juliet, he says "death, that hath sucked the honey of thy breath, hath had no power yet upon thy beauty". Romeo believes Juliet is dead and is saying that death has had no effect to Juliet's appearance. This is dramatic irony because the audience knows Juliet is not dead but Romeo does not know. This also creates tension and the audience will want to know what Romeo is going to do and if he dies here. The character Juliet is shown to be quite rebellious and makes her decisions quickly with little thought. For example, when Juliet wakes up and the friar explains what has happened then tells her to come with him, she says "I will not away". This shows that she is stubborn. As well as this she says "I'll be brief. O happy dagger". This is an oxymoron and it shows Juliet thinks that by killing herself it will make her blissful. This also has the themes of death and fate. This is because it was her fate for her to die as well as it was for Romeo. ...read more.


The reason for this is that the noise is the police which means there is limited time at which the friar can escape and limited time in which Juliet can make a decision to go with the friar or not. Key techniques Shakespeare uses to create tension are dramatic irony, as this creates more tension, and characterisation, since the characters personality are key to creating the right atmosphere and possibly more tension. Personally, I did not realise tension was so important when creating play and I imagine it takes much work to make sure there is a lot of tension and when is the right time to put the tension in. Additionally, I found it so gripping I do not think it even needed a sub-plot anyway. I think if it did have a sub-plot it would almost ruin the play. This is because the audience has a lot to take in and to think about and a sub-plot would add to that and could possibly confuse the audience if it does not fit right. Themes are easily found in this play. I believe the obvious themes are love, death and fate. As well as these, anger, hatred, and adoration could be themes that basically fall into the categories of love and death. Fate is an important theme because it was more believed in back then and fate controls the characters lives. 1 Rebecca Fritchley ...read more.

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