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I believe the 1968 version of Shakespeare is not accurately portrayed. The scene we saw was the sword fight between Tybalt and Mercutio. Although it was not accurate their was little stage direction which allows creative freedom from the director. His interpretation of the sword fight was more humorous then serious. It was handled very well. Mercutio was the more dominant fighter mocking his opponent. Although he was more dominant both fighters initially did not try to harm each other. Then Tybalt gets the better of him towards the end leading Mercutio to accidentally stabbing him. The play script seems a more serious battle between the two where they are actually fighting for their family is a life threatening way rather then a humorous way. I personally liked the this interpretation as it seems more likely it was an accident.
The 1996 play was done in a completely different manner. I believe the director does this direction rather then the traditional way to get a different perspective of a classic by including modern adaptations of the book. For example it was set in america with fast cars and guns, while families were portraying different gangs. It gives a twist of what we see in modern day news and movies. It allows the traditions values of the movie to succeed while the attaining the attention of the youth with modern day action.
A difference between the two films are the way Tibalt is killed in the 1968 version and the way he in 1996. In the 1968 version he was stabbed and killed soon after within the same scene. While in the 1996 film he is stabbed and injured but manages to escape on his own without dying for some time after. Another difference is the environment of the fight. The 1996 version is very serious and both men are truly trying to kill each other, while in the 1968 interpretation the men are fitting in a…...

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