Dramatic Tension in Act 3 Scene 1 of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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Dramatic Tension in Act 3 Scene 1 of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Previous to Act 3 Scene 1 Romeo and Juliet marry each other. This is a big problem because the Montague's (Romeos family) and the Capulet's (Juliet's family) are involved in, what seems like, an enormous feud. Nobody knows what it is about exactly, not even by the end of the play, but it is obvious that it is about something very important to both the families as it seems to have gone one for years and years. I am made to think this from the line "From ancient grudge break to new mutiny" The word 'ancient' suggests that it is old and happened years ago. In fact I think that the feud is so old that not even the actual characters know what they are arguing and fighting about anymore. Romeo and Juliet weren't even born when it started and were just born into it. As were all of the others characters in the play. With this in mind then it seems unfair that they should have got dragged into it, it wasn't their fault their families had issues with one another. The feud is very foolish and the violence is very stupid in this play. Sampson begins a fight between the Montagues and Capulets at the start of the play that could have easily been avoided. He insults the Montagues by flicking his thumb from behind his upper teeth. Nowadays that wouldn't have been seen as a n insult but back when that feud was taking place they found it very insulting. He chose to 'thumb-bite' as he wished to get into a fight with the Montagues without saying anything abusive. It works and they fight. This shows hoe pointless the feud is and how easily each of the families get wound up with each... ... middle of paper ... ...f they'd think it was his own fault for messing around. As soon as Tybalt enters the scene it is obvious that there is some tension between Tybalt and Mercutio. Tybalt says ""…good den;a word with one of you" but Mercutio replies in such a way that provokes Tybalt. "And but one word with one of us? Couple it with something make it a word and a blow" Mercutio is trying to wind Tybalt up and is looking for some reaction from him. This is yet another sign of Mercutio certainly not trying to avoid a fight but looking for one. The tension is increased when the readers become aware that Mercutio has a sword "…Here's my fiddlestick…" This raises the tension as it means that actual physical harm could come to Tybalt and vice versa if Tybalt has a sword too, which considering the time this is set in, probably has.
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