Sustained Tension in act 3 Scene 1 of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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Sustained Tension in act 3 Scene 1 of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Act 3 Scene 1 in Romeo and Juliet is one of the most exciting and most tensely filled scenes throughout the play. The scene is at its most exciting during the battles between Tybalt and Mercutio and Tybalt and Romeo because it is really tense as each man is trying to kill each other and it ends up with two men dying. It also makes it more exciting as they are lots of people gathered round the fight chanting and shouting. The dramatic climax in this play is when Romeo kills Tybalt and as he stands there he realises he has just killed the cousin of his wife. This scene is very central to the play as it leads to the death of one Capulet and one Montague and it also gets Romeo banished from the city of Verona. This moves the play on very quickly and then leads towards the death of Romeo and Juliet as she is forced to marry against her will so she pretends to kill herself, but then Romeo finds her and he kills himself therefore leading to Juliet dieing as she wakes up, finds Romeo dead and stabs herself with his dagger. Act 3 Scene 1 opens with Mercutio and Benvolio walking along the hot dry streets of Verona and it contains many references to the heat like this for example: “For now these days, is the mad blood stirring” which is said by Benvolio which means because it Is so hot we will get hot and bothered if we meet the. So even before they meet the Capulets they already are hot and frustrated so meeting their enemy is the last thing they would want. Also at the very beginning Benvolio tries to get Mercutio to go home with him: “I pray thee, good Mercutio, let's retire” as Benvolio knows that they probably will meet the Capulets. At this stage of the scene the tension is probably at half stage. When Tybalt and the Capulets arrive, Tybalt isn’t looking to fight

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