How Shakespeare Creates Tension and Suspense through the Use of Language, Dramatic Irony, and Dramatic Devices in Act Three Scene One of Romeo and Juliet
I will approach this task by looking at the different devices and
language Shakespeare uses in Act 3 Scene 1, and explain how these
techniques create tension.
The Globe Theatre was where most of Shakespeare’s plays were
performed. This was not however, the perfect environment to stage a
performance. There were many problems with the Globe Theatre.
The performances usually began at 2PM. They raised a flag show a
performance was being staged.
The Globe was an eight-sided building, and the centre ...view middle of the document...
Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy. This is because Romeo and Juliet are
‘star crossed lovers’. It says in the prologue, “A pair of
star-cross'd lovers take their life”. Their coming together in
marriage was supposed to end the ancient feud between the Montagues
and the Capulets, “Which, but their children's end, nought could
remove”. But in the end, their lives, and the lives of Tybalt and
Mercutio were ended, not the feud.
Act 3 scene 1 is a crucial scene in the play, simply because it is in
this scene that we lose two of the main characters, Tybalt and
Mercutio. The death of Tybalt Capulet results in the banishment of
Romeo, the one who’s intentions were to stop the fighting. The tension
had been building up all the way through the play up to this point.
All the tension started in the very beginning of the play, where the
Montagues and Capulets had a civil brawl, With the prince issuing both
families a warning of death if another brawl came about, as it was the
third one they had recently.
The opening to Act 3, Scene 1 shows Benvolio as being a sensible,
peace keeping character, who does not want any bother. “I pray thee
good Mercutio…Is the mad blood stirring”
When Mercutio says “By my heel I care not” the audience will be
surprised to hear it although it does show his daring side, as he is
insulting Tybalt and the name of the Capulets.
When Tybalt and Mercutio exchange insults tension builds up slowly, as
it seems like a bit of fun to start with, but grown into seriousness
when Mercutio takes exception to “Mercutio, thou consortest with
Romeo” then the tension is high because want to see who will actually
begin the fight.
When Romeo enters and Tybalt says “Peace be with you sir, here comes
my man” the audience will be sitting in silence to see what Tybalt has
to say to the young Montague. “Here comes my man” suggests that Romeo
is Tybalt’s servant, but a man of Romeo’s stature should be insulted
by this, as he is no less of a man than Tybalt. If anything he is
more of a man as he is closer related to one of the families. The
audience would expect a response.
Romeo’s response is not the expected one “Tybalt the reason I have to
love thee…I see thou knowest me not” The audience will be aware why
Romeo has reacted to Tybalt’s insult in that way, but will be
wondering whether he is going to reveal about his and Juliet’s
“O calm, dishonourable vile submission” is Mercutio’s disgust as he
is also confused about Romeo’s response and reluctance to fight. The
audience can see that Mercutio is getting angry and he stands up for
the Montague’s name, but then dies. The audience will be heartbroken
at this point.
Romeo finally cracks mentally and expresses his anger to Tybalt and
kills him. The audience will now feeling glad that Romeo...