What is the mood of this scene? What specific words, phrases or images  creates this mood?

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Like all Shakespearean plays, Act III of Romeo and Juliet contains the climax of the plot. Therefore, there is a great deal of conflict and tension, particularly between the Montagues and Capulets.

Benvolio's opening lines of Act III set the pace for this act:

I pray thee, good Mercutio, let's retire:
The day is hot, the Capulets abroad,
And, if we meet, we shall not scape a brawl;
For now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring.


The "mad blood stirring" certainly captures the mood of this act as it foreshadows the deaths of Mercutio and Tybalt and the somewhat crazed reactions of both Romeo and Juliet to the news that Romeo has been banished for Tybalt's murder.