Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Comparing Zeffirelli's Fight Scene with Shakespeare's Text - Section 2: Analyzing the Film to Draw Connections and Make Inferences


Students get really caught up in this movie-- which is a good thing-- but they forget to take notes, which means that they aren't processing the film as much as I would like. While I want them to enjoy the movie, I need them to use this time as a learning opportunity. Pausing at key moments gave them the reminder they needed and the time to think. When we stopped the movie, students commented on what they noticed. We briefly discussed Juliet's quick turn to anger at the Nurse, and spoke more at length more the progression of the fight scene. Zeffirelli stages the scene, so that it's clear that Mercutio's death was an accident-- just a bunch of guys trying to one up the other, but who didn't expect bloodshed. This was not necessarily Shakespeare's intention, but an interesting interpretation, and one that we did not discuss as we read the play. Many students seemed engaged at the characters while watching. There was something unnerving to them that it was all an accident, much more so than when they read Mercutio's death as purposeful. I don't quite understand why. But it created a thoughtful conversation.

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Comparing Zeffirelli's Fight Scene with Shakespeare's Text

Unit 16: Romeo and Juliet Act 3: Analysis of Character Development and Film to Text Comparisions
Lesson 2 of 10

Objective: SWBAT analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums, including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment by reading Zeffirelli's film as a text.

Big Idea: Was Mercutio's death an accident? Is that even possible? Let's see, and then analyze whether this is what Shakespeare might have intended.

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