Dramatictension is mostly used to express a conflict within a play. This anticipatesseveral outcomes within a game or plot as pressure builds. Dramatic tension isconveyed through the difference between revelation and concealment. Concealmentand revelation play some several ways through that dramatic irony are alsoevident to the audience. After awareness of the truth, Jocastasays ‘For heaven’s sake, if you care about your own life, don’t seek it!’ Thisis a straight contrast from her attempts to refuse to accept the truth as shestates ‘nothing in human life turns on the soothsayer’s art’ as the Oedipuspersisted desire. This contrast brings dramatic tension to the audience due totheir foreknowledge of the play as the characters are evidently followinganother route to accomplishing their destiny.
William Shakespeare uses death as anelement of the creation of tension in Romeo and Juliet to the audience. This isexpressed through speaking metaphorically, personification and speaking withalliteration. It is dramatic tension as the audience seems to know more aboutthe play than the characters.
This is evident when Romeo believes that Julietis dead. Not knowing that this is a plan created by Friar Lawrence he killshimself after seeing Juliet dead (Worthen, 1998). This scene is the saddesttwist of the whole play as William demonstrates dramatic tension. Both playsportray the aspect of dramatic tension, but its more developed and focused on Oedipus Rex.In Romeo and Juliet tensionoccurs in the game. Romeo and Juliet andOedipus all possess a noble stature as all hail from great families.
Similarly,they suffer from impulsiveness. Gestures, body movement, facial expression andtone of voice change according to the tension in both scenarios. This aspect issignificant in a play as it makes it more interesting to the audience.