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An analysis of the dramatic qualities of Act three scene one, related to performance issues and alternative interpretations. Comment on the effect of the scene related to the text as a whole, showing how these may be influenced by social or historical fac

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An analysis of the dramatic qualities of Act three scene one, related to performance issues and alternative interpretations. Comment on the effect of the scene related to the text as a whole, showing how these may be influenced by social or historical factors, or by different cultural contexts The written play 'Romeo and Juliet' is a tragic story of forbidden love. The leading characters in the play consist of, Romeo a young Montague man who falls desperately in love with a lady called Rosaline until he meets Juliet, the young Capulet daughter of his family's enemy. Benvolio is one of Romeo's serious and sensitive friends and Mercutio, Romeo's other friend, who is an aggressive and stubborn character which leads to a duel with a tragic outcome which affects every character in the play. Tybalt is Juliet's cousin who is very sophisticated and very jealous of the family honour. Act 3 scene 1, Benvolio and Mercutio are in a public place, the opposition, the Capulet's, turn up and Mercutio and Tybalt end up in a duel. Romeo tries to break the fight up and in doing so Mercutio is stabbed severely by Tybalt under Romeo's arm which leads to his tragic end. Romeo is angered by this and duels with Tybalt, which leads to Tybalt's end and the families find out and Romeo is then banished. ...read more.

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than thou canst devise, till thou shalt know the reason of my love; and so, good Capulet, which name I tender as dearly as mine own, be satisfied." this technique would emphasise Romeo's love for Tybalt in the play. The death of Mercutio is a key point in the play and to make this part in the scene seem important, it is essential that this fighting scene must be interesting and full of violence and uproar. I would include the rage, anger and violence in the scene to make it much more interesting to watch and to emphasise the hate in the play as it is a key factor in the play. After Mercutio had been slain, Romeo feels a great deal of hate for Tybalt, which leads to the second violent fight in the scene. In lines 118-125, Romeo speaks to Tybalt and explains that he is a villain and he himself or Tybalt will join Mercutio in heaven. Romeo finalizes the fight with Tybalt slain and realizes he has made a huge mistake with his actions of hate. As the writer of the play 'Romeo and Juliet', Shakespeare would have to direct his created play consuming its characters, under the conditions given to him in that time era. All the plays were written to entertain the Queen and her people, but many issues had to be faced, such as no electricity, this meant that the plays had to be conducted in the daytime only. ...read more.

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Ask for me tomorrow and you shall find me a grave man." and they laugh with him. But after his wound is revealed, they gasp and realize it is not a joke and he had been severely hurt. When Mercutio speaks to Romeo, he appears furious with both his beloved friend and his enemy when he repeatedly says, "A plague a'both your houses!" this line brings across the hate in the play felt by Mercutio to mainly Romeo for being hurt under his arm and also Tybalt. The fourth and final version of this scene is the most accurate and filmed in colour in the modern day as it has young actors and actresses of the correct age and the scene has a great amount of both exciting and graphic violence. The tones used by the characters when delivering the lines have a lot of feeling and gives a great example of how the characters would deliver their lines like and how they would be feeling. Again, Mercutio's humour is used after the stabbing and the graphic bloodied wound is revealed which surprises the viewer. The overall scene interpretation is incredibly exciting and by far the best as the young age of the version influences the performance and in so many ways that it is quite clear that with such a gripping scene of violence, interpreted from the written play, this gives the viewer the perfect idea of how 'Romeo and Juliet' would have been shown, except in a modern era. ?? ?? ?? ?? Gemma Luxton ...read more.

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