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Three Hundred Fifty Years of Blind Love: A Contrast Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

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Three Hundred Fifty Years of Blind Love: A Contrast Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet By: Priyanka Patel 9b Andy Warhol once said, "They say that time changes things, but actually you have to change them yourself." Over two hundred years have passed between the original Romeo and Juliet and the one created in 1996. In spite of this, time did not change the message of the story. The creators of the new versions just added their own little touch to each production. Shakespeare's making of the classic love story between Romeo and Juliet deepens through each retelling of the original play. Romeo and Juliet is a great story of love at first sight. It is a good example of a romance that ends in tragedy. There are many differences between then and now, and the contrast between the play and the movie portrays it all. Shakespeare lived during the Elizabethan times (1564-1616). That means when the play was created, it would have been preformed live on stage in front of an audience. ...read more.


It ends with Romeo seeing her dead, so he takes a poison, killing himself. When Juliet awakens from her deep sleep, she finds that Romeo has killed himself for her, and she knows that she can't live without him, so she takes his dagger and stabs herself. In the movie the scenes are indeed very contradictory from the play. For instance, Romeo and Juliet first meet through the two sides of a large Aquarium. They don't talk, they just stare at each other and it is love at first sight. When the two meet again, it is outside Juliet's room, by the pool. Most of that scene is takes place in the pool, where they express their love for one another in many ways. Close to the ending of the movie, when Juliet takes the sleeping potion, Friar Lawrence sends a fax through a post office to inform Romeo so he doesn't assume that she's actually dead. This tragic tale ends when Romeo thinks Juliet is really dead, and he knows that life wouldn't be worth living if Juliet is not around, so he takes a drug, killing himself. ...read more.


Hundreds of props were used for this movie, some of the main ones were: Cars, guns, and televisions. Remember that these were only the main ones, there were many more props that were less accounted. The clothing they wore was modern. The men in this version looked like someone you would see walking down the street on a hot summer day. The women, still wore dresses, dressed much more modern then they would have in the play. The relationships between the characters, plot, and the theme of hatred in the play and the movie, connect resulting in two similar yet somewhat differing representations of the most famous love story of all time. The interaction between the characters of the new and the old Romeo and Juliet reflect the time periods and the original story. It is the differences as well as the similarities in this tragic event that make both the original and the inspired a little more interesting. Romeo and Juliet in numerous ways portray the common themes of hatred and violence. Romeo and Juliet's blind love is the force that brings together two enemies. ...read more.

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