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How would I present Act 3 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet for a 21st century audience?

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How would I present Act 3 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet for a 21st century audience? I chose this scene because of its mixture of violence and at the same time love, which is typical throughout the whole play. It is an interesting scene because violence is started out of love and almost stopped out of love. In this scene Romeo is confronted by Tybalt who outs him under pressure to fight him. Out of his love for Juliet, Romeo refuses to fight and tries to keep everyone else from fighting. Ironically a fight is then started out of Mercutio's love for Romeo. Then Romeo, because he loves both Juliet and Mercutio, tries to stop the fight with the help of Benvolio. But as each of them try to hold Tybalt and Mercutio back, Tybalt stabs Mercutio from under Romeos arm and runs off. ...read more.

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This is a pun. It means that tomorrow when they see him he will be both a grave i.e. serious man and that he will be in a grave. Mercutio is from neither family and has no reason to feud with the Capulets other than he loves Romeo. Benvolio plays an important role in this scene towards the end when he stays and says this long speech about what has just happened. Benvolio is a nephew to Montague, and therefore Romeo's cousin, and close friend. He has a dislike of violence, especially in public places. When we first see him he is trying to stop the fight between the servants' of both houses' .He is by no means a coward, and when challenged he does not shy away, as seen when Tybalt calls him a coward. ...read more.

Conclusion

During the fight the camera angles should change a lot to make it look fiercer. The language used in this scene and throughout the whole play, is very poetic. This is because in Shakespeare's time there were very few special effects and to make a play more interesting they had to use poetry and puns and oxy-morons etc. Nowadays there are plenty of special effects available so films and plays no longer require poetry to make them interesting. But modern adaptations of Shakespeare's plays keep the poetry anyway because that's where the heart of the play is. I would present Act 3 scene 1 Romeo and Juliet to a 21st century audience by exaggerating the fight scenes. Because this scene seems to be mostly action I wouldn't feel the need to cut out any of it. In my opinion this scene would be best portrayed to a 21st century audience with a little less poetry than in the play as it might confuse viewers who are unfamiliar with Shakespeare. ...read more.

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