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Benvolio and Mercutio

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In the text (act 3 scene 1) Benvolio and Mercutio are walking together in a public place. Benvolio is trying to get Mercutio to leave as the Capulets are about and if they met they would not escape an argument; ''I pray thee, good Mercutio, let's retire; The day is hot, the Capulets are abroad: And if we meet we shall not scape a brawl, For now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring.'' Mercutio insists that there is no need to leave. Then the Capulets arrive. Mercutio acts as if he doesn't care even when Tybalt confronts him and says; ''good-den: a word with one of you''. They speak in this manor to each other for a while until Romeo arrives. As he does Tybalt says to Mercutio; ''Well, peace be with you, sir; here comes my man''. He tries to start a fight with Romeo ordering him to 'turn and draw' but he refuses to apologising to him and trying to avoid a fight. As he walks away Tybalt goes after him but Mercutio protecting him stands in the way. Mercutio and Tybalt have a sword fight, although it is not made out to be very serious. After a long while fighting Tybalt accidentally stabs Mercutio. He had not meant to do this. Mercutio does not let others know how serious his injuries actually are even though he knows himself that he is going to die. ...read more.


These actions change the mood totally from the eerie tension there was to the light hearted playing it had been only minutes before. They shake hands before starting up again. This time Tybalt drops his sword leaving him vulnerable now. The crowd starts to laugh and to make matters worse Mercutio picks up the sword. This angers Tybalt greatly and by the time he finally gets his sword back his attitude has changed totally. He is no longer fighting for fun and joking but is fighting for revenge. He accidentally stabs Mercutio. Even though he had been angry he hadn't meant to do this. He was stunned and couldn't believe what he had done. No one takes Mercutio's injury seriously, as he is still joking and being cheerful. However the wound is deeper that first perceived and even though Mercutio knew he did not let anyone know and no one noticed until Benvolio notices that something is not quite right. Not long after this Mercutio falls to the ground and dies. Romeo is furious and runs after Tybalt who by now was quite far away. Romeo finally catches up he is in the old cobbled back streets of the town, which are in the shade of the sun. As the two characters first make eye contact there is complete silence. Then with a look of sheer rage on his face Romeo lunges towards Tybalt and rub's a cloth with Mercutio's blood smeared on it on Tybalt's face letting him know that Mercutio is dead. ...read more.


This shows Romeo's sadness. Then out of the blue comes a scene of Juliet talking to herself about how wonderful her Romeo is. This is a calm dark scene with candles being the only source of light. Meanwhile Romeo is in a car, he is raging and has a look of terror on his face. Tybalt killed his cousin and he was going to get revenge. It is raining heavily now. He finds Tybalt and runs at him pushing him over. He is now the more dominant of the two. Tybalt drops his gun and Romeo picks it up. This is unlike the last scene where Romeo was refusing Tybalt's challenge. Romeo shoots Tybalt several times causing him to fall into a nearby river. There is silence and the camera pans slowly down Romeo's arm to his hand at which point he drops the gun and you see it crashing onto the ground. Benvolio now arrives and gets Romeo into his car. A wide distance shot is used at this point to show the full surroundings. They drive off just as two police cars arrive. This leaves the viewer wondering what the consequences of Romeo's actions will be. My favourite version of Romeo and Juliet was Luhrman's as it was more modern and up to date. It was easier to understand and used special effects making the movie more exciting. It used the use of sound and music a lot more that Zefferelli's version. However I do think Zefferelli's version was more suited to the text and was the way Shakespeare would have wanted it to be. ...read more.

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