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How does the character of Mercutio develop in this scene? How would you direct this scene to convey this to an audience?

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English Coursework Romeo and Juliet Act 3 Scene 1 How does the character of Mercutio develop in this scene? How would you direct this scene to convey this to an audience? In Act 3 Scene 1 Mercutio picks a fight with Tybalt, who wants to fight Romeo instead. Romeo tries to prevent the fight but Mercutio is killed. Romeo then kills Tybalt in anger, and then escapes. Prince Escalus banishes Romeo from Verona. This scene is significant as it marks the final appearance of Mercutio. It is the point of overturn which sets the division between the two houses. It is appropriate at this point that that it should start with references to heat and passion. This gives us a strong sense of rivalry which makes us want to know what happens next. After the death of Mercutio, our attention is concentrated only on Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare usually has another plot to continue after the closing of a chapter. Romeo and Juliet has no subplot and the simple and clear storyline which results gives the play a relentless feeling. The character of Mercutio develops individually throughout the play. His role as Romeo's friend could have been played by a less striking person. Although his death is a major part to the play, the same effect could have been achieved by simply killing Tybalt. ...read more.


This gives an even greater effect that the person entering towards (a) is 'in the middle'. To start the scene I would have Mercutio at (M) talking to his friends who would be situated on the grass at (e). They would be laughing and joking creating a friendly happy atmosphere. Tybalt would then enter from the other side (T). The script would then continue and they would move closer towards each other as their argument increased. When they are nearly together, Romeo enters from (R) and runs towards (a). He will then be directly in-between them both. This will give a strong sense of him being in the middle had show his emotions as he will not know what to do because he loves Juliet who belongs to Tybalt's side, but he doesn't want to desert his own friends and family. Tybalt's friends will be standing at (f). The script continues where Romeo will not fight, Romeo stands back from (a) to (R). Tybalt and Mercutio fight and Mercutio gets killed, Romeo gets angry and chases Tybalt who is running towards (d). Romeo chases him and kills him at (d). Romeo breaks down and cries here. Lighting The lighting is very important when directing a play on television to make sure it gives an optimum effect and portrays the emotions accurately. ...read more.


Juliet however would be dressed well; she comes from a high class family and would be dressed in a high quality white dress with a veil to show she is pure. Mercutio would be dressed in a very different way he would be in a grass green jacket that was very elaborate with a red collar. His shoes would be pointed and he would be wearing stockings. Tybalt would be wearing darker clothes more black than any other colour and not wearing a collar. He would wear mainly this colour to show his anger throughout the play. It would portray is character to the fullest showing that he had an evil side to him. The picture below shows what some of the clothes were worn in Shakespeare times. Music The music in the scene is also very important in portraying emotion and general feeling. At the start of the scene it would be light music but mainly concentrating on the characters happy feeling. When Tybalt enters, the music would change to a more solemn tone and get deeper as Tybalt raises his voice and the fight scene starts. When the fight scene starts and Romeo enters the music would pause symbolising everyone gathering their thoughts on what to do. When everyone is involved the music would mainly be load symbolising the immense conflict and I would choose music which had crashing and loud noises in it. Oliver Maule 11H Set 1 Page 1 of 5 ...read more.

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