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Discuss the importance of Act 3 Scene 1 to the rest of the play 'Romeo & Juliet' and compare the dramatic presentation of the main characters and setting in productions you have seen. How would you interpret the scene for a school production?

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Romeo & Juliet Discuss the importance of Act 3 Scene 1 to the rest of the play 'Romeo & Juliet' and compare the dramatic presentation of the main characters and setting in productions you have seen. How would you interpret the scene for a school production? The long lived rivalry between the Montague and Capulets causes a fight in Verona. The brawl is soon broken up by Verona high authority. Romeo hears of a party at the house of Capulet, he knows he must go to see Rosalyn to find out if she really is his true love. He gatecrashes the party with his good friend Mercutio only to fall in love with a beautiful girl. Romeo and Juliet's love at first sight is challenged by Juliet's Nurses knowledge. Her nurse reveals to each of them each others surnames, they are both expectedly shocked. Juliet is later seen at her window calling out for Romeo. To her surprise he appears below her, after breaking into the Capulet grounds at the risk of his life. They each express their love to one-another and decide on marrying as soon as they can. Romeo instantly arranges the marriage with Friar Laurence and contacts Juliet with the news through her nurse. The wedding is set. If I were to put on a production of William Shakespeare's, Romeo & Juliet I would incorporate some ideas from various versions that I have seen, and change others to suit the play I would put on. ...read more.

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Romeo also has a similar character in all the versions. He is naively confident that his own happiness can be shared by others. He is clearly very emotive; these wild running emotions cause him to work on instinct. I would use a very young looking actor to portray his childish views. I would make the Montague and Capulet's very visibly different so it is clear to the audience who is on which 'side'. I would have the Capulet gang dressed in dark clothing. They would be wearing black and scarlet formal clothes. It would show their importance in Verona and if they wear very similar items their unity will be clear. My Montague's will be much different. I will show this by having them wear slightly unusual clothes for the period my performance is set in. In my case my production is set in the early 21st-century so they could wear similar toned-down suits; each one unique. I would use an aggressive sky building towards a larger storm throughout the scene to dampen the tone (As I've mentioned previously). "Let's retire: The day is hot, the Capels are abroad, and, if we meet, we shall not 'scape a brawl" Benvolio, Lines 1-3. Along with Benvolio's alert attitude the tone would be set. Mercutio persists in challenging this tone with cocky banter. "Come, come, thou art as hot as a jack in thy mood as any in Italy" (Line 11 Mercutio). ...read more.

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"Good Capulet which name I tender as dearly as my own" (Romeo Line 70). Tybalt appears to like the prospect of fighting anyone at this point "I am for you!" (Tybalt Line 82) In my version I would have Tybalt say this very quietly, but with a low aggression as it would make him more sinister. Romeo attempts to intervene but there is no stopping Mercutio and Tybalt fighting. Tybalt wounds Tybalt. In Zeferrelli's version the fight is very long and dramatised by both characters. They are both fooling around so much that when Mercutio gets wounded the Verona public are unsure whether or not this is an act. If we look at Baz Luhrman's version of the fight we can clearly see that it is over almost instantaneously. This symbolises the length of wars in the period they are each set in. Zeferrelli's version is set along time ago when swords were the greatest close range weapon available. The wars of that period took years to finish as does Mercutio and Tybalts fight. The Baz Luhrman version is set in the late 20th Century, where technology has come a long way. Close range weapons are now guns, which can be used with out any skill or effort. It is over quickly, Tybalt just shoots Mercutio in a matter of seconds. This is like the wars of recent years which are over soon after they are started. Bradley Latham-Holt 11S4 Romeo & Juliet Coursework ...read more.

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