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Show how Shakespeare portrays the characters in Act 3 Scene 1 and discuss how the Zefferili film version portrays these characters.

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Introduction

Show how Shakespeare portrays the characters in Act 3 Scene 1 and discuss how the Zefferili film version portrays these characters My task is to summarize the 4 main characters in Act 3 scene 1 in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The first character introduced in this scene is Benvolio he is perceived as a passive character because when he is with Mercutio he wants to stay out of trouble by saying, "I pray thee good Mercutio, lets retire. The day is hot, the Capels (Capulets) are abroad, And if we meet, we shall not scape a brawl". In the text where Benvolio speaks, he tries discourage Mercutio from trying to commence a fight he keeps his sentences fairly short. ...read more.

Middle

This is because Mercutio is totally oblivious to his rough actions towards him. This emphasises Mercutio's cockiness and his authority over Benvolio. You also notice that Benvolio is not a key person in the film and Mercutio reflects this by not even listen to Benvolio's pleas to restrain him from causing a fracas in a public place. The second character introduced in this scene is Mercutio. He is the total opposite of Benvolio; Mercutio is argumentative, arrogant and accusing. He seems to think that nothing is his fault and by doing this he turns the blame on to other people E.G: "A plague on both your houses" the reason why he says this is because he has been stabbed during the brawl between the two families. ...read more.

Conclusion

When Tybalt speaks he is confident and makes statements. Tybalts bluntness makes him the perfect advisory to Mercutio and he just as willing to fight as he is by saying "You shall find me apt enough to that sir, an you will give me occasion". Tybalt is known as great fighter as he has the nickname of "King of Cats" Mercutio ridicules Tybalt's nickname by saying "Rat Catcher" even though Mercutio has said that about his name it doesn't bother Tybalt because he is the calm and collected one out of the two. This also shows he is obviously the more mature one out of the two and he turns a blind eye to that comment. John Mensah 11B21 ...read more.

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