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Write a detailed analysis of the way in which Romeo and Juliet has been interpreted.

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Media Coursework Write a detailed analysis of the way in which Romeo and Juliet has been interpreted. The Prologue to 'Romeo and Juliet' by William Shakespeare is written in the form of a sonnet which provides information about the setting of the play, the status of the Montague and Capulet families and the nature of the romance suggested by words like 'fatal' and 'star crossed'. These words create an image of death and unfortunate, fateful destiny this producing a tragic atmosphere. This Prologue begins with the setting of the play, which is situated in Verona. This was seen as an exotic place for the Elizabethans. The Prologue also emphasises the status of the Montague and the Capulet families "Two households both alike in dignity." (Line 1) This means that the families both have high status in Verona. The Prologue talks about the 'ancient grudge' between the Montague's and the Capulet. This suggests to us that the grudge between the two households have been for a very long time. The word 'mutiny' suggests that the war between them has been renewed. The word is "civil," and the phrase "civil blood" is irony. ...read more.

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As the TV drew closer to the screen, a woman newsreader was citing the prologue as if it was a newsflash. As she was reading the TV began to get even closer until it disappeared. The screen changes and then the words 'IN FAIR VERONA' keep on flashing on the screen. There is operatic music in the background. The pace of the music is quite fast and has a feel of war and turbulence towards the scene. Now there is a man repeating the prologue while different images describe the setting. The images used to describe the Montague's and the Capulet's were a newspaper article with a picture of the two families. This shows that the war between the two families is a public affair that affects many people. Then there was another newspaper article with the heading 'Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean'. The lines of the Prologue that the man is quoting are written in white writing against a black background. There are many images of violence and chaos. ...read more.

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This is modern. You then see the choirboy again and then back to Juliet as if she is lifting the veil to reveal her identity. Tybalt, Juliet's cousin has a gun in his hand. The way that he points the gun looks like he is pointing it towards the audience. He looks like a gunman. There is a child in the scene that looks shocked and scared. This is shown by the way that his eyes are wide open in dismay. There are more scenes of violence. There is a person with his back towards the audience is shooting. We come to a black screen and fireworks again. There is a bedroom scene where we see Juliet's mother dressed as 'Cleopatra'. After that, we see Tybalt. Every time Tybalt is shown, he has a gun. Tybalt is shown here shooting one of Romeo's cousins. The black screen appears again and there is a red cross in the middle screen with a '&' in between the red cross. The red represents blood. The blood is a symbol of the blood that was shed for the sake of love between Romeo and Juliet. The cross gets smaller and smaller and then into the 'and' in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. ...read more.

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