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Explore the development of character in Act 3 Scene 1 of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and Baz Lurhmann's film version.

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Explore the development of character in Act 3 Scene 1 of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and Baz Lurhmann's film version Previously, in Act 2 Scene 6, we have seen Romeo and Juliet marrying one another thus binding the Montagues with the Capulets together. The marriage had to take place in secret, due to the war between the two families. We see at the beginning of Act 3 Scene 1, the behaviour between Romeo, Mercutio and Tybalt reflect the hatred between the Montagues and Capulets. Throughout this essay I shall be looking at the main characters of Act 3 Scene 1, also I will discuss the way Shakespeare presents the characters in the play and in contrast with Baz Lurhmann's film of Romeo and Juliet, to see if Lurhmann adds anything to how the characters are represented in the film. At the start of act 3 scene 1 we see Mercutio's arrogance, as when confronted by Tybalt, he tells him that he "will not budge". Here, Mercutio is showing confidence in that he won't back down before Tybalt. Looking at the film, you get the sense that Lurhmann shares the same impression, as in the film, Mercutio's arrogance can be clearly seen especially when Romeo is seen ...read more.

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car we see that his face is all screwed up, his shirt is not done up, its flapping about and he has blood on his face also he is shouting, which suggests that Romeo forgets his peaceful nature. The blood on him also suggests to the viewer that Romeo is upset and angry by the way Lurhmann portrays him when he is in his car. When Romeo catches up with Tybalt, we see that Tybalt realises what he has done and drops his gun. What I think Lurhmann is getting at here is that, Tybalt knows what he has done and drops the gun in submission to Romeo and for Romeo to kill Tybalt. So at the start of the scene Romeo is back from marrying Juliet, so, remembering that he is a Capulet, he does want to fight Tybalt. Then after Tybalt has killed Mercutio, Romeo forgets that Tybalt is a relation to him and sets off to kill him and we see that family influence takes over and Romeo sees it as a Capulet has killed a good friend of a Montague. So, we see Romeo as a Capulet, then as the scene progresses, we see him turn into a Montague, but we never see Romeo being himself, he is influenced by the two families, and Romeo's problem is, that it is Family Vs. ...read more.

Conclusion

In conclusion, throughout Act 3 Scene 1, it turns out that nearly every single character has had their personality changed apart from Benvolio. A reason for this is I think the personality change is due to death, as when Tybalt kills Mercutio, Tybalts comes from being a brutal aggressive character to a person who becomes afraid and finally when it comes to it accepts his death. Romeo on the other hand, starts off being peaceful and when Mercutio is killed, he turns into an animal like person and flies off in a rage to go kill Tybalt, who earlier he wanted to make peace with. The film really brings out the characters vulnerability, when about to die or staring death in the face. By watching the film, it brings out the characters expression, and showing the viewer the actions and facial expressions of the character. I feel the main point which echoes through out the play, is the war between the Montague's and the Capulets. Also you get the sense, that if there were no division between the two families, no one would have been killed and maybe you may have not seen the characters being so aggressive and arrogant towards one another. ...read more.

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