Act 3 Scene 1 Of William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet Essay example

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Baz Lurhmann’s film Romeo + Juliet takes Shakespeare’s classic tragedy and drastically modernizes the tale. Although there have been numerous reenactments, on and off the stage, Lurhmann creates one of the most drastic versions seen. With this drastic take the fidelity of the film takes into account. Although the look of the film is not exactly what Shakespeare imagined the themes and characters are mostly true to the play. For instance, Act 3 Scene 1 (the death scene for Mercutio and Tybalt) has all the correct lines, but some actions are different. I believe that this scene is strong mixture of faithful and unfaithful elements.

The beginning of the scene is accurate towards the source material. The characters act as the text describes, especially Mercutio and Tybalt. And the characters actions are extremely emphasized by the soundtrack. At the beginning of this scene Mercutio is calm and collected, even when Tybalt first arrives he continues to joke and play around. Even in the play the punctuation suggests Mercutio’s calmness. That is, until Tybalt mentions Romeo. In the play the punctuation changes from periods to explanation marks, suggesting that the tone has shifted to surprise or even defensiveness. The sudden change in soundtrack emphasizes this shift in mood. At first the background music is low and fun, mirroring Mercutio’s fun-willed exposure. Then, shrill striking notes begin playing when Tybalt first arrives, almost like fingernails on a chalkboard, suggesting…

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