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In act 3 Scene 1 of 'Romeo and Juliet', Shakespeare uses language to make the fight scene dramatic. How does Baz Luhrmann draw on this and use other devices to create tension for his audience.

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In act 3 Scene 1 of 'Romeo and Juliet', Shakespeare uses language to make the fight scene dramatic. How does Baz Luhrmann draw on this and use other devices to create tension for his audience. In the story of 'Romeo and Juliet' the Montague and Capulet families are continuously feuding over which family is more royal and worthy. The main fight in 'Romeo and Juliet' is when Tybalt from the Capulet family confronts Romeo from the Montague family. The reason he wants a fight with Romeo is because he caught him gate crashing the Capulets party with Mercutio and Benvolio. Tybalt wasn't aloud to fight Romeo at the party so he has come for revenge. The two themes of hate and love are very widely used in the story. They are the reason for the fight and the death of Mercutio. Tybalt is the character that is filled with hate, all aimed at Romeo. However, Romeo is trying to calm Tybalt because they are now related because he has married Juliet; Tybalts cousin. Tybalt uses two very strong words to show his hate for Romeo, The word 'villain' is used when Tybalt says, "Romeo, the hate a bear thee can afford no better term than this, - thou art a villain." ...read more.

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Tybalt plays the role of the fighter, " Romeo, the hate a bear thee can afford no better term than this, - thou art a villain." This shows that Tybalt wants a fight with Romeo. Mercutio, who plays the role of the joker is infuriated by Romeo when Romeo is trying to be friendly with Tybalt. Mercutio also winds up Tybalt by playing with words. "Consort. What, dost thou make us minstrals." Tybalt offended Mercutio by stating that he plays with Romeo. From that he takes the word 'consort', which means 'play', and plays with words to send the insult back to Tybalt. The last role is played by Benvolio, he plays the peace keeper. "We talk here in the public haunt of men," this shows that he is worried and that he thinks they should sort there problems out another way. Shakespeare very cleverly keeps the big secret of Romeo being married to Juliet from the other characters. Romeo obviously can't tell them because it would cause chaos, so he has to try and keep order by pleading with the other characters. When Romeo is pleading with Tybalt it just angers him even more and the same with Mercutio. ...read more.

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There are lots of effective camera shots used in the film. Close ups are used regularly when each character is speaking. The most effective close up is when Romeo gives Tybalt a hand of peace and it shows there hands clashing. Facial expressions are used to show how the characters feel. Benvolio is shown looking very concerned and Mercutio is very laid back. Tybalt looks very serious, unlike Romeo who is scared and worried. Mercutio uses puns in the film to great effect. He's always playing with words to throw back insults aimed at him. He says, "make it a word and a blow" and "could you not take some occasion without giving." These phrases are aimed at Tybalt by Mercutio an they imply that Tybalt is homosexual. On the whole Baz Luhrmann uses a range of techniques that work very well at making the fight scene dramtic and tragic. Also, drawing back to the title he uses many devices to create tension in the audience on a regular basis. Mostly, he uses very eerie music with different tempo's and texture's, When Romeo is speaking the music is soft and slow, but when the fight starts it becomes very quick and its much more heavy. From this he can make different parts of the scene more tense. ?? ?? ?? ?? Tom Cheeseman ...read more.

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