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Romeo and JulietIn Act 3 Scene 1.

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Romeo and Juliet In Act 3 Scene 1, Shakespeare combines language and action to create tension and excitement. The play focus's on Romeo and Juliet's secret love before this scene and now this scene has brought more excitement and tension because there are two fights, two deaths and Romeo is banished. This scene grabs your attention as it is very violent. At the beginning of the scene Benvolio causes tension by suggesting that there might be some violence 'I pray thee godd mercutio let's retive: The day is hot, the capels are a brawl;' This causes tension because the audience immediately think there is going to be a fight because the capelutes are the other family and every time they meet a fight occurs or a conflict. The audience will sense there will be a fight as you can tell Benvolio is scared and cautious and Mercutio is hot-headed. This conversation sets up the fight that happens When Tybalt enters the scene, it causes tension as he is from the other family. As the audience already think there is going to be a fight, the arrival of Tybalt makes there expectations rise. ...read more.


When Tybalt fee's the scene the tension drops a little. Mercutio curses Romeo for getting involved and blames him for what happened. "a plague a' both houses! I am sped. Is he gone and hath nothing?" Mercutio blames both houses and is angry that Tybalt left with no injuries. When it is announced that mercutio is dead the audience wait to see what Romeo's retaliation. The audience understands that Romeo's sense of guilt as Romeo didn't want to fight his family but caused a friends death. Tension drops briefly as Romeo is left alone on stage. After all the action Romeo is alone on the stage and this break in the action provides Benvolio announces the death of Mercutio "O Romeo, Romeo , brave Mercutio is dead" This will increase excitement within the audience as they expect Romeo to retaliate. Romeo will be left feeling guilty and upset for Mercutio. He will also be worried about what the prince will say as it was his cousin. Romeo's reaction to this announcement is for revenge. "his day's black fate on moe days doth depend, this but begins the woe others must end." ...read more.


This increases tension and excitement as the audience will want to see the two lovers to see each other and will wonder what there reaction to this will be. In conclusion, Shakespeare uses tension to keep the audience interested and on the edge of their seats in some parts. The tension rises and falls constantly throughout this sc´┐Żne which creates a great effect upon the audience as they are constantly wanting to know more. The behaviour of the characters causes tension as to the way they behave you will expect certain things to happen. The language in this scene also causes tension as they are also warning each other if things happen but yet they regard the comments and carry on with what they are doing. Before this scene Romeo and Juliet were happy and the play focused on the these two secret love affair. But now the scene is concentrating on if the Capulets will retaliate, and how Romeo and Juliet will make there relationship work as Romeo has been banshed. The audience will be left wondering and tension will rise at the end of this scene. By Tanya Hardie 11HZ ...read more.

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