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Compare how Shakespeare and Luhramann engage the audience and set up the play's theme in the opening of "Romeo and Juliet"

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Compare how Shakespeare and Luhramann engage the audience and set up the play's theme in the opening of "Romeo and Juliet" One of Shakespeare's most well acknowledged and famous plays Romeo and Juliet was a written in such a manner which would have been liked by a wide range of audience on the Elizabethan stages. Similarly Baz Luhrumann has attempted to recreate Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet into a feature film with some touches of the 21st century to suit the modern audiences today worldwide. Throught the main themes and the prologue of the play, Shakespeare has tried to hold the audiences interest. The prologue has played a very important and central point of the whole play. Shakespeare set the scene in 'fair Verona' because of the simple reason that he didn't want to offend the British audience and the Queen, as the characters are shown as very violent and short tempered. This already has a very large impact on the Elizabethans as it gives the audience a very proud feeling of being British and the also to the Queen that her monarchy is comparatively superior. Plus to show the Italian culture and the stereotypical image of the Italians, which suited the situation very well. The play was to be staged on a Elizabethan stage which was organized in such a way that the sittings would be arranged according to the class, so the Aristocrats would on separate chairs at ...read more.

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curiosity among the audience, for another the fact that she was his past and Juliet was going to the future love and to show that Romeo was love-sick from the beginning. Romeo urges for Rosalines love and he makes his room appear as if it is night, because light represents love to him and he is out of love. The sadness in the scene is in strong contrast to love that he feels throughout the play "When then brawling love, O loving hate", Shakespeare's consistence use of oxymoron's is to portray Romeo's love-sickness, the use of contrasts continues "Misshapen chaos, well seeming forms", to show the audience the abstract thoughts of Romeo in his "course of love". Baz Luhrumann has used Shakespeare's concepts combined with his direction and modern film techniques to engage today's modern audiences. He has shortened the script, as the attention span of today's audience is lesser than the Elizabethans. The prologue has been presented in a very differently to suit the modern concept, A women on television presenting a news which is the prologue. Luhrumannn has used television a modern source of information to convey the prologue in a more contemporary manner, as it will interest more of today's audiences of today. The camera angle slowly intensifies into the television, as if he wants the audience to indulge themselves in to the story. ...read more.

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Which leads to the scene where Romeo enters which is shot on the beach with the sunrise to show the calm but depressing atmosphere. The scene moves on to showing Romeo writing his diary, and reading his diary in his mind as he is writing, this idea of a voice over was a modern concept of Luhrumann, that grabs the audience's attention. "For never was a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo", this would have been said by the Prince in the play whereas Luhrumann has changed it to show the same newsreader from the prologue ending the show with this line. The two star-crossed lovers had to give their life in order for their families to end Overall both Shakespeare and Luhrumann's main motive was to engage their respected audiences. With different techniques Luhrumann wanted re-create the play in to a film to suit today's audiences, keeping in mind the themes, which Shakespeare had included. The motive was fulfilled as Luhrumann tried to store the ideas to make a modern film. Shakespeare and Luhrumann both made the three main themes outlined very clearly love, hate and fate. The two star-crossed lovers had to give their life in order for their families to end their fighting. Romeo and Juliet ends with AA story of more woe (sorrow) Than this of Juliet and her Romeo ?? ?? ?? ?? Anita Bhattacharyya 10T ...read more.

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