William Shakespeare's Use of Death to Create Tension in Romeo and Juliet

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William Shakespeare's Use of Death to Create Tension in Romeo and Juliet

This essay is about how the deaths of Mercutio and Tybalt add tension

in Act 3 scene 1 in 'Romeo and Juliet' and also how the deaths affect

the audience watching. In the scenes before Act 3 scene 1 the audience

will of seen that there are two rival families, the Capulet family and

the Montague family but then Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet fall

madly in love at a ball held at the Capulet's house and they get

secretly married knowing that their families would be furious if they

ever found out about their love and this carried on into the beginning

of Act 3 scene 1 as Romeo is a part of the family with which his

wife's family is in a feud with. I will be using two film versions to

consider the effects on the audience. The two film versions are by two

different directors, Zeffirelli version which was made in 1968 and the

Baz Luhrmann version made in 1997.

In Act 3 scene 1 both films use settings, costumes, music and lighting

in different ways to show important moments in the scene. In the

Zeffirelli version it is all set in 13th century Italy and all the

buildings are made of stone type material. The buildings are placed in

such a way that there is a large courtyard which is where the fight

begins and where Mercutio dies. The costumes are all very well

tailored and look very expensive for the time that it is set in and

one family has dark coloured clothes on and the other has bright

orange clothes which shows the family they support or belong to. One

good way of adding tension to the scene is by adding music. In the

Zeffirelli version there isn't any music at the beginning of the scene

but a tiny bit of music when Mercutio dies it picks up then just

stops. The church bells go off when the Prince is talking to the

Capulet family and the Montague family when they bring the bodies to

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