Romeo And Juliet Comparative Analysis

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Romeo and Juliet has been a popular story for over 400 years, which was written by William Shakespeare. Two directors created their own interpretations of the play. Franco Zefferelli directed a version of the play which had many similarities and differences to Baz Luhrmann. Furthermore, both films have many similar and different interpretations of Mercutio from the original play. However, Harold Perrineau did a more realistic portrayal of Mercutio’s death, while McEnery demonstrated a more comedic portrayal of Mercutio. In general, McEnery demonstrates being more comedic than Harold Perrineau. For example, when McEnery decides to pull up the nurse’s dress and decides to make fun of her by singing that she is a prostitute. McEnery says to the Nurse, “A bawd, a bawd, a bawd! So ho… No hare, sir;…show more content…
Leading up to Mercutio’s death in front of Romeo in both films, when Tybalt and Mercutio are fighting, Zefferelli has them playing around. This scene makes it look like as if Tybalt and Mercutio are just fighting to fight. After Mercutio is stabbed, Benvolio asks Mercutio if he is hurt and Mercutio responds with, “Ay, ay, a scratch. Marry, ‘tis enough” (Shakespeare 3.1.97-100). During these lines of dialogue, McEnery portrays Mercutio as a jokester because he crawls up the church steps and falls again, while everyone is laughing at him. Although, in the original play we know Mercutio jokes around and is never to be taken seriously, Mercutio’s death in the modern film is more believable. Harold Perrineau portrays a more serious death of Mercutio. He acts more believable as someone actually dying. Mercutio’s final moment happens when he gets a deep cut from a piece of glass during the fight between Tybalt. Mercutio is yelling at Romeo while he is dying. No one thinks that Mercutio is playing around. This is how Perrineau did an excellent job at portraying Mercutio’s
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