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Romeo and Juliet - Why is Act 3 Scene 1 a successful and dramatic scene? Describe also how it has been converted into a film by Franco Zeffireli (1968) and Baz Luhrman (1998).

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Romeo and Juliet Essay: Analysis on Drama (Act 3 Scene 1) Why is Act 3 Scene 1 a successful and dramatic scene? Describe also how it has been converted into a film by Franco Zeffireli (1968) and Baz Luhrman (1998). Introduction To analyse what makes this particular scene so dramatic, I first have to look at what makes drama in a scene. Arguments, threats and conflict all play a major role in creating drama, but the main ingredients that is used many times throughout this scene is anticipation in the audience. Act 3 Scene 1, is written so cleverly that there is even conflict in the way it is written down (i.e. sentences). I believe this scene is a very successful scene in that there is tension, verbal and physical conflict and yet all mixed with comedy. There are many events leading up to the drama in this scene - all resulting in hated conflict. The key events are the arguments at the beginning of the play between the Capulets (Juliet's family) and the Montagues (Romeo's family). This sets the scene for the remainder of the play - the jarring of the two families. The street in Verona, a public place, is where the prejudice starts between the two families. In Act 1 Scene 1, Sampson and Gregory servants for the Capulets, insulted the Montagues servants Balthasar and Abraham by biting his thumb at him. ...read more.

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Tybalt thinks that they crashed the Capulets ball and now he wants revenge. Mercutio and Tybalt fight between each other. Now Romeo arrives trying to stop the arguments. Tybalt draws his sword and challenges Romeo. Romeo refuses to fight and Mercutio steps in to meet Tybalts' challenge. Romeo's shows inability to respond to Tybalt. This is mainly because he has recently married into Tybalts side of the family. We have seen him marry Juliet in private/secret. Because the audience is aware of this secret, we are in a privileged position and feel more involved in the action as a consequence. Romeo again, steps in to stop the fighting, but Tybalt stabs Mercutio under Romeo's arm. Mercutio from this action dies from his injury and this causes disruption between the families, which again leads to more prejudice. This death is clearly important as it develops the action. Mercutio dies so early on in the play to show the widespread effect of the hatred between the Montagues and Capulets - that people who are only on the fringe of the feud are dragged into the tragedy and die needlessly. The theme of conflict is affected by the use of swordplay throughout the play. This dramatic effect keeps reminding the audience of the theme. In the very first scene swords are drawn in order to bring the audience into the plot. ...read more.

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The actors are all fantastic at conveying the meaning of the words so there is no need to puzzle over what they are saying. So much thought was put into the costumes of the modern version of the play. Each character's costume, especially at the costume party, reflects the personality of the wearer (e.g. Juliet is dressed as an angel, Mercutio is dressed as a drag queen showing his flamboyant nature, and Romeo is wearing a suit of armour, reflecting the fact that he feels he has 'a soul of lead'). This updated film version of Romeo and Juliet is suitable for people aging from teenagers to adults. It tells the story in a uniquely different method. It uses the original script by Shakespeare but all the scenes appear in a present day. Instead of the original riding in chariots, the actors riding in convertibles. Gone are the spears and arrows to make way for the updated knives and guns. Conclusion I believe that Act 3 Scene 1 was a very successful and dramatic scene as it shows the seriousness and volume of the family feud between the Montagues and the Capulets. Both of the films (past and present) make the script come alive. The newer version is easier for younger people to understand, although the same old English language is used. The message of the scene was foolish quarrels should be ended, for they are never productive and often lead to tragedy, as in the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. This message runs throughout the play but is personified in this particular scene through the drama. ...read more.

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