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"Romeo and Juliet" Coursework What have you learnt about characters of Mercutio and Tybalt? As director of the play what instructions would you give to the actors undertaking the roles of Mercutio and Tybalt? In this play "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare, the characters of Tybalt and Mercutio are crucial to the outcome of the play. Tybalt, a Capulet and Mercutio, a Montague have similar characteristics; they are both take pride in honouring, respecting and protecting their households. The essay will cover the exact importance of the characters Mercutio and Tybalt. Additionally it will focus on how a director would instruct the actors that are undertaking there role. In the play Mercutio is a good friend to Romeo and a very loyal to his family. His character in "Romeo and Juliet" is a humorous, taunting and brave character. Shakespeare chose the name Mercutio for a reason, to shoe is his name what his character is like. Has his name suggest to people at the start of the play. Mercutio comes from the word "Mercurial", which means, eloquent (to the point), active and Changeable. Mercutio has a lot of pride, he has a reputation to uphold in the play. This is shown mainly in one part of the play ,Act 1 Scene 1. He takes on the invitation to fight, by Tybalt, because Romeo declined. "O calm, dishonourable vile submission! "alla stoccate" carries it away. Tybalt you rat-catcher will you walk" Throughout the scene when Romeo declines to fight with Tybalt, because he doesn't want to ruin his relationship with Juliet. Mercutio uses the words "alla stoccate" meaning rapier thrust which is Tybalt's nickname. ...read more.


"A villain that is hither come is spite, to scam at our solemnity this night." He is saying a slave as come to gate crash, spoil our party. This shows he is ready to fight anyone. He is very competitive and he finds it an insult that Romeo has come on to his grounds. In the Victorian times "solemnity" is a celebration. Because he is a Capulet he shows a great deal of aggression towards the montages. His aggression a The main pert for Tybalt character, to express his aggression he uses certain word techniques. "I hate the word as I hate hell, all Montague's and thee" The reputation of the word "hate" shows his aggression towards the Montague's. He uses a religious insult "I hate hell" the Elizabethans where highly religious and will have really insulter them. Also using hell and Montague's in the same sentence in an insult towards the Montague's. Here he is speaking in verse here. When Tybalt speaks in verse he is usually insult or commanding people. He uses insults quiets a lot in "Romeo and Juliet", this is one of the similarities between the two characters of Mercutio and Tybalt. They both have an insulting character. Tybalt uses insults against Benvolio and the Capulet's. When they are getting in to a fight in Act 1 Scene 1. "what, art thou drawn among these heartless hinds? Turn thee, Benvolio, look upon thy death" Tybalt is saying "why are you fighting with these servants? Fight with me." Tybalt insults the Capulet servants by calling them "heartless hinds". He also commands Benvolio to fight with him as if he was a servant of Tybalt's "tune thee Benvolio, look upon thy death" he all insults Benvolio later on in the scene "have thee a coward" Tybalt is also a proswasive character. ...read more.


He would shout his lines, so that he is the centre of attention. Then Mercutio would stare at Tybalt, to show that his is serious and meaningful. He would stare into his eyes and say, "Tybalt you rat-catcher, will you talk" Mercutio would say and last bit and this line slower that the first, this shows that Mercutio means business. Soon after in the scene Mercutio is stabbed his keeps a brave face, shows no emotion, fear or pain on his face, Has he say's, "no, 'tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church door, but 'tis enough." Mercutio would be cupping his side where the wound is and try to straighten up. He would try to keep the pain out of his face. He would try to walk away from Romeo and Benvolio, but adds a slit limp to one side. The actor should try to show some pain but not too much. He would say his lines slowly also with a low said voice. When he says "but 'tis enough" he should trail away to a whisper. The actor should take the volume for his next line up "Ask for me tomorrow, and you shall find me a grave man". This is to show his humour and so everyone can hear his joke. Maybe add a little laugh at the end of his line. He would start to should at the others; he would stare at the one his was referring to for example. "a villain, that fights by the book of arithmetic" he would stare at Tybalt and "i was hurt under your arm" he would stare at Romeo. The structure of the play ...read more.

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