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How successful is Luhrmann's presentation of Act 3 Scene 1 of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet?

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How successful is Luhrmann's presentation of Act 3 Scene 1 of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet? In your answer you should consider: * Shakespeare's original text * How your chosen scene has been realised in performance * Its effect on the audience I think Luhrmann was successful in presenting Act 3 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet. Luhrmann was able to present the movie in such a way that people can understand the movie without actually understanding the original text. He does this by decoding and unlocking Shakespeare's original text for the audience. For example , in Act 3 Scene 1 , Mercutio says ' By my heel, I care not.' In the movie Mercutio puts his heels on a table and says this. Luhrmann also names the guns as sword, long sword and dagger like in Shakespeare's actual text. Luhrmann was able to use the original text ( 16th century English) ...read more.

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Religion dominated most people's lives. Virtually everyone in England cared passionately about religion. Because of this, it is not surprising that Romeo and Juliet bears evidence of this influence.Luhrmann has been successful in showing this in Act 3 Scene1 . Most of the Montagues and Capulets wore a necklace with a cross, Tybalt's pistol had a picture of Jesus and we see Romeo shouting ' I am fortune's fool' to a large statue of Jesus. Also through out the whole movie we see tattoos of Jesus, statues of Jesus, pictures of Jesus, churches and we constantly hear religious music. This creates a sense of religion and mythology. Luhrmann's production also gives the audience a clue to what was going on in a world where people carried weapons all the time and so it was related to 'western' movies. We see this in Act 3 Scene 1 , when Tybalt challenges Romeo to a duel as would happen in western movies. ...read more.

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Luhrmann's characters and their behaviours fitted those in Shakespeare's Romeo and Julliet. Tybalt literally means 'King of the cats.' Luhrmann portrays this by his agile use of his pistols and his slick appearance and voice. We also know from the text that Mercutio is easily angered when Benvolio says, in Act 3 Scene1, ' If I were so apt to quarrel as thou art, any man should buy the fee simple of my life for an hour and a quarter.' Luhrmann successfully shows this when we see Mercutio become enraged and chase after Tybalt, for saying ' Mercutio, thou consortest with Romeo.' In my opinion, Luhrmann has been very successful in presenting act 3 scene 1. He has successfully made the scene easy to understand and enjoyable, without the viewer having to understand the actual text. Using the characters, actions and settings, Luhrmann has successfully put forward the theme of hate and anger in this scene. He has successfully portrayed the characters behaviours in this scene and also, he has successfully portrayed the actual story behind Act3 Scene 1 in the movie. ...read more.

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