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Compare interpretations of character in a film version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet with your own views after you have studied the text.

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Shakespeare Language and Literature Unit Task: Compare interpretations of character in a film version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet with your own views after you have studied the text. In my essay I will explore character interpretation of Baz Luhrmanns' modern adaption of the playwright "Romeo + Juliet" by William Shakespeare. Just from the title the modernisation of the play can be given away quite successfully, with the "+" sign in between the Romeo and Juliet; this indicates that the title is a "trendy" adoption of its definition, a slang recognition, which teenagers [the target audience] use a lot. To begin with the prologue in the film shows immediately that the story is modernised and everything has changed to today's way of life [for the benefit of younger audiences]. ...read more.


Parts of the opening scene on the video are extremely fast moving with flickers of the surroundings including the two houses - Capulet and Montague - separated by a statue of Jesus Christ, probably showing that religion is the only thing that keeps harmony amongst the two houses. The use of zooms and glimpses of scenes of police cars, fire etc are shown to illustrate that there is fury between the two families and this makes you think that something disastrous is going to happen and the opera music in the background also adds to this effect a great deal. The use of text on the screen is very effective. The text appears in flashes on screen, and then it gets faster. ...read more.


the other hand have a far more stern dress sense and take pride in there appearance, they wear black suits and steel heeled leather boots which are focused on by the camera for several moment along with the car they pull up in which is black and shines. The different images that the two households have are very effective and help the audience to understand who is who throughout the film. After the cars have initially pulled up a confrontation takes place between the two groups of boys A lot of extreme close ups are used on Tybalt's face in the first scene and this adds to the effect of the tension building up. There are a lot of zooms and close ups used and the shots have a very fast pace to show the action taking place. ...read more.

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