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
other. So because of the feud it is considered very bad indeed for
Romeo and Juliet to get married, for this reason they are forced to
keep their marriage to themselves and not tell any of their relatives.
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 "â€¦with tears augmenting the fresh
morning's dew, adding to cloudsâ€¦" It turns out that he is in love with