How does Shakespeare use short dialogue to create tension in Romeo and Juliet?

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Romeo and Juliet is a sneaky play. The literary term for this is dramatic irony. Dramatic irony means we get to know more than what some of the characters on stage know. For example, we know what houses Romeo and Juliet are from before they do, we know their secret love when just about all of the characters don't, and we know that every line of Juliet's to her parents can be taken in more than one way or is a lie.

Just about every time Shakespeare reveals a major detail, things begin to move faster, this is a feature of plot. Each complication is a moment of rising action. For example, in the end of Act I, after Romeo and Juliet kiss, they part. The nurse reveals quickly to each their fate.

Juliet's reveal:

JULIET 
What's he that follows there, that would not dance?

Nurse 
I know not.

JULIET 
Go ask his name: if he be married.
My grave is...

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