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Focusing on Act 3, Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet, discuss the different ways in which the directors, Franco Zeffirelli and Baz Luhrmann have interpreted the text.

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Focusing on Act 3, Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet, discuss the different ways in which the directors, Franco Zeffirelli and Baz Luhrmann have interpreted the text. Romeo and Juliet the most tragic love story in the world and the most well known Shakespeare play. Shakespeare's language brings the story to life, making each character distinctive and reveals the turmoil of emotions that Romeo and Juliet experience throughout the play. In Romeo and Juliet many themes are brought forward like love, conflict, fate, life and death, power, time and two worlds. In Act 3, scene 1 Tybalt is furious with Romeo for gate crashing the Capulets party. Benvolio and Romeo meet Tybalt and he proposes a fight. ...read more.

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Fate is the biggest theme in the play and though out it you see it propping up. In this scene it is thought that it is fate the Romeo is challenged to a fight by Juliet's brother hours after their marriage. In Zeffirelli's version of Romeo and Juliet the fight takes place in a square in the center of the city and in front of a church. The two sides of the fight are brightly coloured with the Montagues in blue clothing and the Capulets in orange. Both families look like regiments as they wear the same style and colour of clothes. In this version Mercutio is a ver comic figure and he speaks very quickly. ...read more.

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When Tybalt enters the square there is very subtle tension as when propositioned to fight Mercutio answers 'Heres my fiddle stick' and pokes his sword out of the water, this comes across as a sexual innuendo decreasing the tension. Tybalt can see that Mercutio is mocking him and starts to get wound up. When Romeo enters the atmosphere changes and there is a lot more tension. Tybalt then challenges Romeo to a fight Tybalt is surprised and turns it round into a joke not sure what to think. When Tybalt starts taking Romeo's declination as an insult he tries to insult him back by touches him and then washing his hands in the fountain. Romeo shrugs this off just making Tybalt even madder. The atmosphere is still light hearted and everyone is smiling. Mercutio is annoyed by Romeo's response and calls him calm and vile submission. ...read more.

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