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Romeo and Juliet - Act 3 Scene 1.

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Romeo and Juliet is a tragic love story, which plays with its audiences emotions throughout the play. This dramatic story involves two star-crossed lovers, which in turn take their lives due to differences between each of their families. Act 3, Scene 1 is so important in the play because it holds the horrific encounters between the families. If this scene was not included in the play, the storyline would most likely finish with a less spectacular ending, and the differences between the families would not have been brought out to the same extent as when the scene was included. At the start of Act 3, Scene 1, Benvolio is desperately trying to avoid an argument with the Capulets. He tries to persuade Mercutio to go home as the heat of the day will greater the tension and there would be a short tolerance of each other if they meet the Capulets. Benvolios' eagerness to flee is shown in the line, 'And if we meet we shall not scape a brawl.' He believes they would have no chance against them. In the opening few lines the atmosphere is tense and gives the reader a sense of excitement, as they are wondering if the Capulets will turn up or if Mercutio and Benvolio will leave to avoid an argument. ...read more.


Mercutio is his normal jockey self and shows off in front of Benvolio and the people around him. Mercutio is played rather camp and flirty with the ladies unlike in the old version of the film where he is portrayed as a humorous but more serious man and a dominating character. He doesn't have the bubbliness of the second actor. Mercutio mocks Tybalt until he misunderstands the word 'consort' and he exclaims to Tybalt, 'Consort? What, dost thou make us minstrels?' Mercutio anger grows and the tension in his face rises and he threatened Tybalt with his gun. Tybalt makes it extremely difficult for Romeo to retreat from a fight. He humiliates him and makes him appear like a coward. Tybalt accuses Romeo of crimes and calls him a 'villain'. Romeo reacts calmly, rationally and denies all accusations. Mercutio saw Romeo's response as cowardice and found himself embarrassed of his friend for not defending himself the way he thought he should have done, by fighting Tybalt. In the old film, Romeo talks calmly to Tybalt and takes his hand and gives it a firm shake in order to show no bad feelings over Juliet. Tybalts response was to run to the bathing water and make a joke and scrubs his hands clean, as if they were dirty and diseased. ...read more.


I think this because of the vast number of emergency vehicles and sirens mingle between concerned public and relations. The event seemed more dramatic and serious. Contrastingly in the old version the part of the scene is set simply, with the Montague's and the Capulets separated into groups with the dead body of whose side they belonged to in front of them. An Elizabethan audience would not be used to the treat of serious crime and would react more badly to it than if it was in modern times, as it happens more often and is a fact of life for some people. I feel the technology of the time and the period each film was made in made a big difference in the way it affected a present day audience. In the new film, better technology and skills were available and its modernisation let it relate to the audience of today. An Elizabethan audience would prefer the first film because it's more to their era, just like the new version is more to mine. The added sound and light affects added to the new films effectiveness and the way it successfully played with its audience's emotions and feelings. I prefer the newer version as its more updated and the effects are far better than the old film, even though it showed more tradition. ...read more.

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