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Act 3 scene 1 can be thought of as the most important part of the entire play Romeo and Juliet for many reasons.

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Romeo and Juliet Introduction Act 3 scene 1 can be thought of as the most important part of the entire play "Romeo and Juliet" for many reasons. The first reason is that it includes a lot of the main characters in high profile situations. Another point is the sad passing of Mercutio, which led to the death of Tybalt therefore banishing Romeo. This is the part where the play becomes a tragedy. Until this point the play has been fairly comical as all it featured were kids messing about making jokes. The entire conflict between the Montague's and the Capulet's reaches a final climax as they realise that their children are dead because of the differences between the two families and the mood changes to a happy yet sad ending. This essay will show the dramatic genre of Shakespearean tragedy and will explore some of the historical parts behind the play and we look at the two different film versions. Paragraph 1 Romeo and Juliet fit the typical classic Greek tragedy story as they are forbidden from seeing each other and are not allowed to be together. ...read more.

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First Mercutio and Benvolio suggested that they should not go out as there may be a fight. "Good Mercutio, let's retire: the day is hot, the Capels are abroad and if we meet we shall not escape a brawl". This shows that Benvolio is a more afraid character as he is worried that they will run into the capulets but Mercutio isn't really worried. It also shows that Benvolio cares very much about Mercutio and doesn't want him to run into trouble. But when they do go out, they run into Tybalt and Mercutio wants to fight and starts to provoke Tybalt. But Tybalt isn't really interested in Mercutio's challenge, as soon as Romeo arrives he tells Mercutio "well peace be with you sir, here comes my man". Mercutio doesn't like this so he continues to annoy Tybalt, but Tybalt keeps on ignoring him as he only wants to fight Romeo. What makes this situation even more tense is that Tybalt does not know that Romeo and Juliet have already got married and that they are now family, that is the reason why Romeo doesn't want to fight Tybalt. ...read more.

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shots. The Franco Zeffirelli version was at a completely different location, it was in a town, a bit like a play. Also it is a bit cartoonish, playful and quite a lot more laughter. The characters are completely different as the Lurmann version has a lot more late 20th century clothing as the Zefffirelli version uses a lot more 13th century clothing. Another difference between the two versions is that Mercutio is black in the Lurmann version but in the zeffirelli version he is white. Music plays a big part in Act 3 scene 1 because it sets the right mood for the scene, as in the modern version the music is very dark and dramatic but in the older version the music is not as dramatic. The visual parts of Act 3 scene 1 in the zeffirelli version are like a normal day, no special effects and it looks a bit messier. The Lurmann version has much better visual effects, as when Mercutio and Tybalt were about to fight the sky turned dark and gloomy and then they put in dramatic music to set the mood, they also show a lot more P.O.V shots. In my opinion I believe that the Baz Lurmann version of Romeo and Juliet is better. By Andrew Gurgel ...read more.

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