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Romeo and Juliet.

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Introduction

Romeo and Juliet Mercutio and Benvolio are walking in Verona. Mercutio rejects Benvolio's suggestion that they should leave the streets as the Capulets are also outside and playfully mocks Benvolio's attempt to prevent any fighting by characterising him as extraordinarily quarrelsome. As we see in a moment, Mercutio is in fact describing himself, for they soon meet Tybalt and Mercutio deliberately provokes him. Tybalt, however, is looking for Romeo, and, when he enters, Tybalt turns to him and insults him. We know that Tybalt is infuriated by Romeo's intrusion at Capulet's party, but to Romeo, newly married to Tybalt's cousin Juliet (and so now related to Tybalt himself), there seems to be no good reason to quarrel. It is sadly ironic that Romeo himself does his best to prevent a tragedy though it is the misguided sense of honour of his friend, Mercutio, which brings it about. We see how Mercutio is conveyed in a 'fighting mood' at this point in the play. His petulant manner is misguided as it leads to tragedy. In the older version of the film we observe Mercutio with his sword in an over-excited conduct. In this version we don't recognise the seriousness of the situation until Tybalt arrives and the argument is steamed by Mercutio's wit and his ability to mock Tybalt. ...read more.

Middle

Romeo is portrayed by both films as quite passionate at this point as he tries to reason with the angry Tybalt. Mercutio is dismayed by what he takes to be Romeo's cowardice in refusing to fight, and he himself draws his sword on Tybalt. As Romeo tries to stop them fighting, Mercutio is fatally wounded by Tybalt. In a moment of grim foresight, Romeo sees that this death will cause much sorrow in decades to come, but nevertheless, to avenge his friend's death, he fights and kills Tybalt. From at first, we see a moderate Romeo, but the death of Mercutio is too much for him: 'fire-eyed fury be my conduct now' he cries and he throws consideration to the winds. In my perspective the fight in both films are very well portrayed. They are both effective in what they want to achieve, to follow the play and to modernise the fight. Though in my view I believe the older version coveys the fight more effectively. This is because I prefer the use of swords over the use of guns. In my view the sword fight brings about the time in which the play was written and set. The swords fit more conveniently in the style of the language and the characters played. ...read more.

Conclusion

Overall, I would say that both film productions are very effective. In my perspective I believe that the older version is more effective because it is more realistic. Though I would say that the characters are better emphasised in the modern version I would say the the use of weapons, scenery and development brought about a better adaptation of the play in the older version. On a whole I would say that this act3 scene1 is an essential turning point in the play. In this scene Romeo kills Tybalt. As a result of this, Romeo has to flee to Mantua. No sooner has he left than Juliet is faced with the new problem of the proposed marriage to Paris. The friar endeavours to solve this with his scheme of the potion, but Romeo is wrongly informed that Juliet is really dead, and all is lost. We have thus a clear pivot in action in act3 scene1. If the deaths of Mercutio and Tybalt were not brought about there would have been a happier ending than the one we see. In making a more effective film I would modernise it like the newer version and I would translate the use of Shakespeare language to today's 'sophisticated' vocabulary which would make it much more realistic. The two families would be prominent gangs, such as the mafia and they would be associated with the law which would result in leniency towards murders committed against each other. Richard O'Driscoll English Coursework ...read more.

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