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Romeo and Juliet, How does shakespeare use Mercutio in Act 3 scene 1?

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Romeo and Juliet How does Shakespeare use Mercutio in act 3 scene 1? Shakespeare uses Mercutio in several ways in act 3 scene 1. He uses him to introduce the likelihood of a fight, to escalate an already explosive situation and to further the plot. His actions in this scene turn the whole play around from comedy to certain tragedy. Benvolio and Mercutio introduce the topic of the likelihood of a fight. "The day is hot, the Capulets are abroad, And if we meet we shall not 'scape a brawl," Benvolio talks of how hot it is and how there is anger between the Capulets and the Montagues. He says that the Capulets are around and if they meet they'll have to fight. Almost all assassinations in Italy are committed during the heat of summer. He is trying to talk sense into Mercutio, but Mercutio makes jokes of his level headedness. "...and by the operation of the second cup draws him on the drawer, when indeed there is no need." ...read more.

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When Romeo is trying to make peace with Tybalt, Mercutio sees it as an act of cowardice. "O calm, dishonourable, vile submission: Alla stoccata carries it away! Tybalt, you rat-catcher, will you walk?" He says he will fight for Romeo. He says that submission won't solve the quarrel but swordplay will end the fight. He challenges Tybalt directly and insults him. Tybalt can't ignore this and therefore accepts his offer. When Mercutio is injured he changes his view. "...A plague o' both your houses." He is now pointing out to the audience that he's not actually attached (in blood) to either house. Also his speech intensifies the feeling of the stupidity of the feud. He only realises the futility of it all when it's too late. Mercutio's death is the pivotal point in the play, turning the play right around to certain tragedy. As well as using Mercutio to steer the direction of the play, Shakespeare uses him to insert comedy in to the play. ...read more.

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When he withdraws his blade he looks shocked that there is blood on it as though he didn't mean to hurt Mercutio. When Mercutio is making his speech everyone around is laughing. Because of how much Mercutio jokes normally, they think that he is acting. Romeo looks like he's unsure whether he's joking or not when Mercutio starts talking about 'A plague o' both your houses.' No one knows that he's not joking until he falls and Benvolio announces him as dead. I prefer Baz Luhrmann's version because I think he showed that the characters were teenagers not adults better than in the other film. I like the way he modernised the film but still kept the old dialogue. I also like the way he's used the weather to show moods in parts of the movie. Young people can relate to this version better. The film shows that these kinds of events still happen; it's not just something that would happen in Shakespeare's time. I also like the way he's used the whether to show moods in parts of the movie. ?? ?? ?? ?? Josie Godley 11SI English Course Work ...read more.

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