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How does Shakespeare use the deaths of Mercutio and Tybalt in Act 3 scene 1 of 'Romeo and Juliet' to add to the tension of the play?Use the Zeffirelli and Baz Luhrmann film versions to help you consider the effects of this scene on an audience.

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How does Shakespeare use the deaths of Mercutio and Tybalt in Act 3 scene 1 of 'Romeo and Juliet' to add to the tension of the play? Use the Zeffirelli and Baz Luhrmann film versions to help you consider the effects of this scene on an audience. This essay is about how the deaths of Mercutio and Tybalt add tension in Act 3 scene 1 in 'Romeo and Juliet' and also how the deaths affect the audience watching. In the scenes before Act 3 scene 1 the audience will of seen that there are two rival families, the Capulet family and the Montague family but then Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet fall madly in love at a ball held at the Capulet's house and they get secretly married knowing that their families would be furious if they ever found out about their love and this carried on into the beginning of Act 3 scene 1 as Romeo is a part of the family with which his wife's family is in a feud with. I will be using two film versions to consider the effects on the audience. The two film versions are by two different directors, Zeffirelli version which was made in 1968 and the Baz Luhrmann version made in 1997. ...read more.

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When the police turn up the blue lights on the top of the police cars make the raindrops glisten. One of the main deaths is the first one to happen which is Mercutio. Mercutio is killed at this point because it's a turning point in the play. It gives a shock factor to the play it makes the audience realize they are watching a tragedy not a romance anymore. Mercutio is a likeable character and killing him makes the audience feel more involved. Also as Romeo is central to the story and because he is close to Mercutio the audience wants to know how Romeo is going to react to his death. Mercutio knows he is going to die but continues to joke. He says the line: "And you shall find me a grave man." He's saying they will find him dead but because he says it jokingly they take it as him saying they will find him a serious person. In the Zeffirelli version Mercutio says the line as a joke also he laughs when he says it and the people around him laugh as well. In the Luhrmann version he has both laughter and pain in his voice. His dying words are: "A Plague a' both your houses! ...read more.

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This shows the audience that Benvolio knows that something bad will happen to Romeo if he does not leave. At the end of this scene Lady Capulet demands that Romeo must die. We see this when she says "I beg for justice, which thou, Prince must give: Romeo slew Tybalt, Romeo must not live." The effect on the audience is that they know that things are just going to get worse for Romeo. The Prince does not order Romeo to die but he orders that, for killing Tybalt, Romeo will be banished from Verona. When Romeo finds out he's banished it is sort of portrayed the same in both films. He just breaks down and worries about when he will see Juliet next. At this point the audience feels so sorry for Romeo because they know it's going mess up his future with Juliet and the whole thing is going to end up in tears. From my personal view I think that the Luhrmann version portrayed the tension of this scene most effectively. The whole point of this scene is to give the whole thing a turning point and makes the story change from a romantic to a tragedy. If this scene wasn't in then I don't think 'Romeo and Juliet' wouldn't be as well known as it is, because it wouldn't have the same sad ending. ...read more.

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