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…show more content…
If they were to have found out the feud would have got worse and all hell would have broken loose in Verona. Because of Romeos marriage to Juliet he is now related to Tybalt through marriage. Because of this he is even more reluctant to fight Tybalt in Act 3 Scene 1 than if he wasn't related to him. He finds it bad and unfaithful to fight a relative even if Tybalt isn't aware of his relation to him. Romeo as I mentioned before is a Capulet but unlike the other members of his family he is uninterested in the feud and only cares about his love for Juliet. Romeo is a very emotional and hasty character in the play. He really does love Juliet a lot. I know this because of something that happened in Act 1 Scene 1. Benvolio and Romeos parents are discussing what is wrong with Romeo because lately he had been extremely unhappy about something "…with tears augmenting the fresh morning's dew, adding to clouds…" It turns out that he is in love with Rosaline. He is deeply in love with her and really upset that she doesn't feel the same way. "Out of her favour where I am in love" It seems like she is his one and only love of his life but as soon as Juliet comes along Rosaline is out of the question "Now old desire doth in his death-bed lie, and young affection gapes to be his heir…"
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