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Romeo and Juliet Emily Joyce 10N2 Romeo and Juliet is a story about two "star-cross'd" lovers who fall in love instantly, then soon end their lives together after many dramatic feuds between the Capulets and Montagues. The play was written by William Shakespeare and published in 1597, it is only assumed it was written two years before this. The prologue has a purpose to quieten down the audience and capture their attention as to what the play will be about, without saying how. The play is about a feud between the Capulets and Montagues, and how two "star cross'd lovers take their lives" together after immediately falling in love at a Capulet ball. Romeo and Juliet tragically die after a series of unfortunate events controlled by the pair's fate. At the beginning of the play there is a street brawl between the Capulets and Montagues. Two Capulets; Gregory and Sampson, talk of how they would react if there were a fight between the two enemies. Coincidently, two Montagues; Abraham and Balthasar, mistaken the Capulets for biting their thumbs at them. The fight gets out of control and many Capulets and Montagues become involved. Escalus, the Prince of Verona, puts an end to the fight. He makes the rules in the city. Such like his decree; "If ever you disturb our streets again, your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace". This meaning if anyone starts another fight and disturbs the peace, they will pay with death. This is an important part of the play as we know something then follows from this and that someone does something wrong, as Romeo and Juliet both end up dead. ...read more.


Mercutio accepts Tybalt's challenge on Romeo's behalf. Romeo attempts to stop them after saying "Gentleman, for shame, forbear this outrage Tybalt, Mercutio, the Prince expressly hath forbid this bandying in Verona streets.." Romeo pleads them to stop as he reminds them of the Prince's decree, to forbid fighting in the streets of Verona. Tybalt stabs Mercutio, without meaning to cause such a fatal injury. Mercutio's death immediately puts an end to the Friar's plan to unite the two families. After this incident, we see that Romeo admits, love makes him weak. "O sweet Juliet, Thy beauty hath made me effeminate, and in my temper softened valor's steel!". Once Tybalt returns, Romeo is angry that he has killed a good man and says it's time for rage to guide his actions. Romeo is drawn into the fight much against his will, his marriage to Juliet has triggered a desire to avoid being called a coward. "Now, Tybalt, take the "villain" back again that late thou gavest me, for Mercutio's soul is but a little way above our heads, Staying for thine to keep him company. Either thou or I, or both, must go with him." Romeo says that either Tybalt, Romeo or both of them have to join Mercutio. Tybalt says that he is Romeo's friend, and that Romeo shall go to heaven with him. "This shall determine that" - Are the last words Romeo says before he revengefully kills Tybalt. Romeo escapes from the scene just before the Prince arrives. As he does, Benvolio explains the whole story. Whilst Lady Montague accuses him of lying, the Prince decides that Romeo will be banished, and if he is seen in Verona he will be killed. ...read more.


Differently, the audience of Zeffirelli's film will receive more of a surprise to see that fighting is almost playful but still ends up in some form of disaster. In my opinion the older film is more my style as it is more traditional and to a authentic and realistic style, whereas the modern film is at some points farfetched and exaggerates the storyline of the original script. Although having said this, typically, I understand the modern version more and I find it more engaging and interesting than Zeffirelli's reproduction. I found that I noticed the characters more by their personas and learnt the moral of the story quicker than I would've done watching the older version initially. Act 3 Scene 1 is a turning point in the play because the events of Acts 1 & 2 comes to a climax in this scene. This scene involves the death of both Mercutio and Tybalt, as well as Romeo's change of heart. Before Mercutio's death, Romeo doesn't want to fight, and is a caring person who wants peace now that he is married to a Capulet. His behaviour and fortune changes in this scene because of the death of Mercutio. There is no longer hope for change or peace, as we are reminded of the prologue and the punishment for fighting in the streets of Verona. After Tybalt's death, Romeo is sent away to a place far from Juliet, which is the opposite of what he wants. The Friar needn't have to had thought of a plan to re-unite the lovers if the events in Act 3 Scene 1 hadn't occurred because there would be no reason for Romeo to have been separated from Juliet. Thus would have more than likely prevented the deaths of them both. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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