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Romeo and Juliet Coursework

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Introduction

Romeo and Juliet Coursework. Rochelle Lee. Act 3 Scene 1 is a very important scene in the play Romeo and Juliet. The two main themes to this play are violence and love. Both are displayed in this scene. Romeo does not want to fight Tybalt as his love for Juliet is so strong, " I do protest, I never injured thee, But love thee better than thou canst devise". However, in this scene two main characters are murdered. Mercutio, who is Romeo's best friend, and Tybalt, who despises Romeo for marrying his cousin. Mercutio is stabbed by Tybalt accidently whilst Tybalt was trying to stab Romeo. As Romeo wants revenge, he sets off after Tybalt and finally kills him. This is a very inportant scene in the play Romeo and Juliet. In 1590, Romeo and Juliet was a very successful play. However plays are performed alot differenttoday then they were 400 years ago. ...read more.

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In my play, the clothes, attitudes, language and props will significantly differ from those of Shakespeares. This will help the audience to recognise that this is a modern-day feud. To make my play successful, music, lighting and props are all key factors. This is also one way in which I can modernise Romeo and Juliet. The principal props Shakespeare used were generally swords. However, to rejuvenate this play the props I will use will be guns and knives. This will obviously relate to a modern audience. To make the audience accociate with the play more, music and lighting will play an effect when the scene gets into more putrid parts. For example, when Mercutio or Tybalt are getting murdered, flashing lights and fast beat music will play. However, slow music and dimmed lights will have a good impact on the audience when they should be feeling sadness. As my play will be performed in the Globe Theartre, I will need to make as much use of the stage as possible. ...read more.

Conclusion

He refuses to do anything which will hurt her. By this stage, the audience want Tybalt to leave Romeo and Juliet alone to be happy. As Tybalt gets irrational, Mercutio tries to stop the raging fight. This is when horror strikes. Tybalt brutally kills Mercutio whilst trying to kill Romeo. Now Romeo is out for revenge. He frantically persues Tybalt in a mad rage. All thoughts of Juliet are pushed to the back of his mind, he is too grief-stricken. Grabbing for his gun, he shoots Tybalt several times. He then grasps the Rosemary beads from Tybalt's pocket, throws them to the ground and spits ont them. The audience should now be feeling shock. How could sweet Romeo kill his lovers cousin? They may even feel sympathy for Romeo. Not only has he lost his best friend, but he was provoked into a fight he did not want to conduct. This play should now be inspiring, exhilarating and provocative for a contemporary audience, as it will relate to them to a greater extent then Shakespeare will. By using modern-day props, language, costumes and attitudes I have transformed Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet. ...read more.

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