Act 3 for Romeo and Juliet is when tragedy strikes for the Montagues and Capulets. It begins with Tybalt trying to challenge Romeo to a duel but Mercutio steps in for Romeo. It resulted in Mercutio getting stabbed and him dying shortly after. Romeo Immediately getting his revenge by killing Tybalt. The crime results in Romeo getting banished from the city by the Prince. When Juliet hears the news about Tybalt she mourns his loss but she doesn’t think any less of Romeo. When Romeo is informed of his banishment he breaks down in tears because he cannot be with Juliet. Friar Lawrence then calms him down and try’s to think of a solution to his problem.
The two songs I have for this act are “The Banishment”: PRONG or “Beat it”: Michael Jackson.
The first song I want to talk about is “The Banishment”: PRONG. The lyrics to this song are not even close to resembling Romeo and Juliet.
“Cos I’m bored
So I left
No reason for me to hang around this place
I get more and more stress
Nothing anyone can offer more or less
Done grieving, closer to the end
Done grieving, closer to the end”
In the play written by Shakespeare Romeo’s banishment was forced upon by the prince. But, in the lyrics of this song the author seems to be doing it on his own free will because he is bored, he is too stressed, and he is done grieving. But that did not represent Romeo at all.
“Smashed by surprise falls, slashed by irrelevant scolds
I can never heal: who can know bravery?”
These lyrics had no relevance to Romeo and Juliet because the main character doesn’t get affected by those things.
My overall opinion of “The Banishment”: PRONG is that is creepy, loud, and distasteful. But, the song does have a very minor similarity to the play because when Romeo tried to kill himself when he found out he was banished but he was stopped by Friar Lawrence. The lyrics of “The Banishment”: PRONG song say “Done grieving, closer to the end” which I assumed was a thought of suicide.
The next song I want to analyze is “Beat it”: Michael Jackson. Even though there isn’t much to this song it resembles Act 3 of Romeo and Juliet a lot more than “The Banishment”: PRONG.
“They told him, “Don’t you ever come around here.
Don’t wanna see your face. You better disappear.”
The fire’s in their eyes and their words are really clear
So beat it, just beat it”
I found these lyrics to be both aggressive and exciting because in connection to the play it represent Tybalt wanting to challenge Romeo and you can tell just by hearing these lyrics something huge is going to happen.
“You better run, you better do what you can
Don’t wanna see no blood, don’t be a macho man
You wanna be tough, better do what you can “
These lyrics best described Romeo’s personality and how he approached Tybalt when he was challenged. When Tybalt challenge him Romeo tried to make peace with him by saying:
“I do protest I never injured thee,
But love thee better than thou canst devise,
Till thou shalt know the reason of my love.
And so, good Capulet—which name I tender
As dearly as my own—be satisfied.” (3.1.69-73)
These lyrics shows that Romeo prefers peace over battle so basically I’m saying he is a lover not a fighter.
“’No one wants to be defeated
Showin’ how funky strong is your fight
It doesn’t matter who’s wrong or right”
These Lyrics say even though you are right and facing a form of injustice don’t go to a fight you know you will lose and risk the lives of others.
My overall opinion of this song is that I love it. Beat it is one of my favourite songs and it represented Act 3 of Romeo and Juliet well. The flaw to Beat it is that only represents scene one which was the fight scene and it didn’t mention any thing about banishment.
Which do you think better represent Act 3 comment below?
www.lyricsmania.com,. ‘Prong – The Banishment Lyrics’. N.p., 2015. Web. 8 May 2015.
Azlyrics.com,. ‘MICHAEL JACKSON LYRICS – Beat It’. N.p., 2015. Web. 8 May 2015.