Comparing the script and screenplay in Romeo and Juliet with emphasis on Mercutio

Comparing the script and screenplay in Romeo and Juliet with emphasis on Mercutio

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This is a resource I made for a medium/high ability Edexcel GCSE English literature group. I wanted to encourage them to work independently and to see how Baz Luhrmann's film version cut a lot of Mercutio's lines, and so had to find other ways to convey the character. In 30 pages, this covers all the relevant sections of the play from the start until just after Mercutio's death.
There are questions down the margins to prompt students to respond to the text. All Mercutio's mentions are highlighted in green. The best feature is that lines in the original Shakespeare text which Luhrmann cut are shown in red. This is a really powerful way of seeing what was changed, e.g. in the Queen Mab section it leads nicely into a discussion of a bawdy humour. This took a lot of work, carefully comparing the screenplay to the original text, and was a fantastic help to my students in their controlled assessments. If you are studying the play as an adapted work or anything to do with Mercutio, this is for you.

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