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by William Shakespeare

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How does Shakespeare build suspense in act 1 of Romeo and Juliet?  

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The opening prologue of the play does a nice job of setting the stage with tension and suspense. The third and fourth lines of the prologue alert readers to the fact that the general setting involves two warring families.

From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.

He uses words like "grudge," "mutiny," and "blood." All of those are not pleasant or happy words. Shakespeare ups the suspense...

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