How Does Shakespeare Create Tension In Romeo And Juliet

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“Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare entertains the audience through use of character, language and drama. The plot focuses on the theme of conflict and consequences, using deep characterisation, descriptive language and high drama to entertain. Act 3 Scene 1 focuses on a brutal feud between two enemies and Act 3 Scene 5 follows the patriarchal society’s approach to women marriage and societal expectations. Shakespeare forces the audience to engage with the idea of conflict and what it must have been like to live through this time. Shakespeare cleverly utilises a changing atmosphere in Act 3 Scene 1 to expertly entertain his audience. The atmosphere changes through the developing behavior of Tybalt’s character. At the start of the scene Mercutio is being humorous in the phrase “here’s my fiddlestick,” he uses a funny expression to make a joke about his sword. When Tybalt enters the atmosphere completely changes when Tybalt says “thou art a villain”. The effect of the word “villain” conjures up …show more content…

Act 3 Scene 1 and Act 3 Scene 5 were made effective for different reasons for example Scene 1 contained more tension and impetuous decisions whereas Scene 5 consists of more predicaments and character revealing. Act 3 Scene 1 was effective because of the language used within the battle between the two families and was mostly patronizing and provoking towards each other, the character was mainly based on how blood thirsty and maculating these men thought they were, tension was used a lot within this scene as this was the scene where two men were killed and the situation was found to be more serious. Scene 5 showed characters’ personalities more as this was the scene were you got to know both Lord and Lady Capulets true colours, and their relationship with their daughter and shows us the patriarchal society

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