How does shakespeare increase tension in act 3 scene 1?

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Act 3 Scene 1 is when Mercutio is killed. It starts with Benvolio and him walking. He's out for a fight and out pops Tybalt. Romeo comes, just been married to Juliet, and is all happy and everything while, unbeknownst to him, Tybalt challenged him to a battle. Since he turns it down (who wants to start a marriage into a family with a duel to a cousin?) Mercutio flips out and fights in his stead. Stuff happens and he dies. Then Romeo kills Tybalt because Tybalt killed his best friend.
If that isn't tense, I don't know what is. ^-^