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Romeo and Juliet

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Introduction

" Romeo and Juliet " was written slightly earlier than "Macbeth " for an Elizabethan audience . It is a well known love tragedy . The materials Shakespeare had to work with were essentially the same , and you can draw many parallels between the two plays in the way words are used to effect the audience in particular ways . Although the love tragedy is very different to the tragedy of political ambition , both plays explore our existence and the workings of our minds . The balcony scene in "Romeo and Juliet " is prominent in the play for creating a sense of the characters in the audiences minds . The balcony in the garden is used as a symbol to represent the separation between them and the barrier of their names. This showed well the struggle they had to endure to be together . In the "Baz Lhurman " interpretation they changed this scene dramatically , the balcony hardly featured in the scene , instead they were together and this showed no visible separation . They had the two actors in the swimming pool together, kissing and showing affection freely . For me this did not demonstrate well the idea of the barrier between the couple but instead made me think that they had no problems. I think this was not a good idea , but was done for the contemporary audience . ...read more.

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This is the desperation of Juliet , wanting to know why Romeo had to be called that . This shows her underlying love for Romeo . The audience have now had illustrated to them that they both love each other , this creates in turn the sadness that their names bring to them . "What's " Montague" ? It is not hand nor foot , Nor arm , nor face , nor any other part belonging to a man " .Juliet asks herslef a very clever question , she wants to know why a name can affect a relationship . To her it means nothing because it has no physical presence like a part of the body . She wants the name to mean nothing and believes it doesn't but she also has realised it does to her family . In the modern 'Baz Lhurman ' version this part shows the cheeky character of Juliet in the way that she says the words . "Nor any other part belonging to a man " She says that in such away that the audience believe she is talking about a private part of a mans anatomy and that she has other things on her mind . This would have pleased the modern audience who enjoy the love scenes . "What is in a name? That which we call a rose by any other word would smell as sweet ." ...read more.

Conclusion

The images did eclipse the words in parts of the films , but most of the time the images created the same thoughts for the audience as the words do by themselves . I thought that the best acted scene was in the film version of 'Macbeth ', when Macbeth conducts his speech after Lady Macbeth dies .The words written by Shalespeare are full with hidden meanings and the way in which it was acted really did extract those meanings to their full potential . I thought this was the closest any of the films came to a live performance . Unfortunately in that same film I thought the good acting was ruined by the superimposed dagger on the screen during Macbeth's hallucinations .This really did spoil the atmosphere created by the words . In 'Macbeth on the Estate ' I thought the director used some modern twists on the story line , but he still kept the theme of the play and it was in line with what Shakespeare would have wanted . In both 'Romeo and Juliet ' films I thought they did not do justice to the words written , especially the ' Baz Lhurman ' film , it was just acted to impress teenage girls . The 'Zeferelli film was much more in keeping with the ideas . In the end I decided that the text and probably a live enactment would have been much better than the words for creating the emotion and drama without the motion pictures . ...read more.

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