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If you are directing Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet', what are the key issues to consider in Act 3, Scene 1?

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Dale Haughton The Byrchall High School Centre no: 33701 GCSE Assignment: Shakespeare If you are directing Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet', what are the key issues to consider in Act 3, Scene 1? William Shakespeare wrote 'Romeo and Juliet' between 1594 and 1596. The play was written to be performed in The Globe Theatre, for Queen Elizabeth, who was on the throne at the time. The themes of the play are love and hate, life and death. The themes are all featured in Act 3 Scene 1 and the key issues to be considered when directing the scene would be the plot, characters, staging, costumes and language. Act 3 Scene 1 begins with Mercutio and Benvolio teasing each other in a public place, about who is most likely to start a quarrel. Tybalt arrives with his friends to fight Romeo and asks if he may speak to one of them "Follow me close, for I will speak to them. Gentlemen, good den; a word with one of you." Mercutio starts to tease Tybalt and they begin to fight each other. When Romeo arrives Tybalt stops fighting with Mercutio. ...read more.

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"Am I like such a fellow?" When Tybalt and Mercutio start to fight he tries to calm them both down and ask them to go somewhere else, encase the police come. "We talk here in public haunt of men. Either withdraw into some private place, and reason coldly of your grievances, or else depart; here all eyes gaze on us." When Mercutio has been killed and Romeo has taken revenge and killed Tybalt he quickly advises Romeo leave before the police arrive. "Romeo, away be gone." And it is Benvolio that tells the Prince the exact truth about what has happened. "This is the truth, or let Benvolio die." Romeo is sensible and level headed. He doesn't want to fight Tybalt because he is related to Juliet, who is Tybalt's cousin. "Villain am I none, therefore, farewell." And he tries to make peace with Tybalt. "And so good Capulet." Romeo causes the death of Mercutio when he intervenes in his fight with Tybalt "My very friend hath got this mortal hurt on my behalf." When Tybalt flee's after stabbing and killing Mercutio, Romeo follows him and avenges Mercutio's death by killing Tybalt "There lays the man slain by young Romeo." ...read more.

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"Tybalt, you rat catcher, will you walk?" After being wounded by Tybalt, he is still making jokes, and this show that he does not like to look weak in front of other people. "Ask for me tomorrow, and you shall find me a grave man." If I were directing the play, I would set it in modern times. This is because the main audience would be teenagers and youth's, and a more modern play would appeal to them. Also by setting they play in a modern time, I would be able to adjust the jobs from that time to modern day. The characters costumes would be contemporary and would wear cloths that fitted in with the style at the time. The characters would have distinguishing costume, so that it is easier to tell them apart and so I can expand the level of costume design for different characters. For example, Romeo would have much more expensive and elaborate clothing than a priest or a maid. The dialect would be different than in Shakespeare's play, where he uses the Old English language, which is hard to follow and understand. Also this would increase interest into the play, because people would find it easier to follow the story. Dale Haughton 11T1 English Coursework ...read more.

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