How does Shakespeare generate suspense in the first act?

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It is interesting to note that although Shakespeare tells his audience in the Prologue exactly what is going to happen - these two young lovers are going to die - he still manages to build suspense through the conflict we see in scene 1 between the servants of the Capulets...

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It is interesting to note that although Shakespeare tells his audience in the Prologue exactly what is going to happen - these two young lovers are going to die - he still manages to build suspense through the conflict we see in scene 1 between the servants of the Capulets and the Montagues.  He also generates suspense by showing the character of Romeo and how forlorn he is for the love of someone...Juliet?  We don't know, but we want to know what's going!

Scene 2 lets us know that more is going to happen, particularly with this guy, Paris, who wants to marry Juliet...wait a minute!  This is supposed to be Romeo and Juliet, not Paris and Juliet! Also we have a ball coming up...a party...something is bound to happen there!

Those are just examples from the first two scenes of Act I. Re-read this act and notice more examples from the other scenes that make you want to keep reading.  Also check the links below!  Good luck!

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