Discuss How Tension Is Created in Romeo and Juliet.
'Romeo and Juliet' is a tragic love story between two 'star cross'd' lovers. One of the most tense and fascinating scenes of the play is where the lovers first meet in Act 1 Scene 5. Shakespeare effectively uses references to the theme of fate in order to keep the tension and anxiety built up in the audience. The lovers' death commences when Capulet, Juliet's father, throws a party to which he invites all his friends. The Montages are not invited of course, as the two powerful families have been feuding for years. Romeo though, devises a plan to get a look at Rosaline; a young girl he has been pursuing. He disguises himself and slips into the party. Once he is inside, his attention is stolen; not by Rosaline but by Juliet.
Additionally, in Act 1 Scene 1, the audience was introduced to the existing feud between the Montagues and the Capulet in Verona. The enmity between the families serves to surround Romeo and Juliet with tension, hatred and violence, as well as to isolate them. Consequently, the audience's interest in this scene is increased due to the fact that Romeo does not belong at Capulets' home.
Act 1 Scene 4; Romeo gave a short speech featuring a significant and prophetic line.' Some consequence yet hanging in the stars'. The audience know that something critical and symbolic is going to happen and reminding them of the lovers' ill-fated death.
The Prologue has indicated to the audience that fate will play a significant role in deciding the course of events, .e.g. from the very beginning the lovers are 'star cross'd ' and 'death mark' d', such factors intensify their love and heighten the tragedy to follow. The prologue is used to surprise the audience with slight twists in the plot, and to find out about the actual story before reading or watching it. The audience would have been simultaneously intrigued and shocked by the events on stage. The theatre was considered a place of both sin and