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Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet The two versions of the play make the scene stands out in different ways and both use different methods to gain awe and knowledge to the audience. Zeferelli's version of the scene begins with lighthearted comments as Benvolio and Mercutio squabble over the heat, but as the play gets deeper through, the scene gets much more lively and energetic. I got the feeling of attention from this and Zeferelli reflected this by having long shots of the characters to get a feeling of public view. While reading through the play it gets intriguing as Mercutio's up beat and non-respective manner towards Tybalt. This makes the audience feel compelled towards Mercutio because he entertains and that's gives the feeling that he will do something to influence the story for better or worse. On line four where Mercutio relates his own feelings of anger using the weather, this is important because he is saying he is 'hot' with anger. (This is probably why he jumps into the fountain). This means that something small can release it and may cause a ruckus; 'mad blood stirring' indicates that the heat is boiling his blood and he can easily lose his temper because he is easily madden. ...read more.


But that all changes when the unexpected death of Mercutio enrages Romeo. Romeo feels responsible for the death of Mercutio for intervening in their duel because Mercutio could not see the blade which was heading for his torso. The unexpected death of Mercutio enrages Romeo and his mood changes to anger. Romeo is out for blood and chases the fleeing Tybalt and shouts to him 'either thou or I, or both, must go with him.' A fight emerges from which stuns the audience for Romeo has changed his personality tremendously and is willing to execute his own familiy. For he started as a man with no means of fighting, but because of the death of Mercutio he become a new character and is angered by their lose of a friend and a Montegue. In Zeferelli's version there are fast cutting camera shots which focusing on each characters faces showing their emotions and tensions brought out by what is happening around them. Fast cutting camera shot are display throughout with gives a sense of action and make the scene more intense for the audience. In between there is a factor of different paces of speech which has long pauses between the characters lines which shows that the character is thinking and building tension. ...read more.


An effective technique that Luhrmann used was the use of pathetic fallacy. This reflects the mood of romeo during and after Mercutio dies. Drama is added when Mercutio curses Tybalt and Romeo; " a plague a'both your houses." Those dramatic word compliment the current surroundings of rain and thunder. Act 4 scene 3, Juliet is feeling very distressed going through her ordeal, for the friar has given her the potion to drink to fake her death. She feels very alone and considers on calling the nurse; " I'll call them back again to comfort me." But she then realises that she has to drink the potion by herself, " my dismal scene I must act alone." At this point the audience is feeling increasingly sorry for her as it is clear how distressed she is. Coming to the end of the scene she sees Tybalt dead. She is sad for herself and for the two families because she knows that if the rivalry had cessed then Tybalt ( and Mercutio) would be still alive and her love for Romeo can be told. Her seriousness and devotion come out on line 58 where she is about to drink. " Here's drink- I drink to thee." This proves to the audience that she is willing to do anything for her happiness for Romeo. ...read more.

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