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Analyse the plot and describe how you would direct a film of romeo and juliet?

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Romeo and Juliet Coursework 'Romeo and Juliet' is a romantic tragedy first printed in 1597, which deals with ethics of revenge, hatred and anger between the enemy families of two young lovers. Juliet is the headstrong young daughter of Lord Capulet, who is keen to marry her to a young man called Paris. However, she becomes opposed to this when she falls in love with a romantic but fickle man called Romeo Montague. Romeo and Juliet meet at a party held by Lord Capulet for Juliet and Paris to get to know each other, which Romeo has gone to, uninvited, in order to catch a glimpse of another girl, called Rosaline. Romeo was madly in love with Rosaline until he saw Juliet and suddenly fell in love with her instead. Unknowingly, the two fall in love without realising that they are each from the enemy family until it is too late. The play ends in tragedy, with both Romeo and Juliet believing each other to be dead and committing suicide, the moral being that is took their children's deaths to make the two families realise how pointless their feud is. Act One Scene Five is an extremely important scene because it contains many of the key points of the play. Romeo and Juliet first meet; Tybalt, Juliet's cousin, spots Romeo at the Capulets' party and swears to get revenge on him; and Romeo and Juliet discover that they are from enemy families and therefore their love is doomed. ...read more.


He would be wearing a brightly coloured Hawaiian shirt and holding a cocktail glass, to make it seem to the audience like he is excited about the party and is in a cheerful, relaxed mood. I have noticed that the more affluent, powerful characters in the play speak in rhyme, whereas the less important ones do not. This suggests that they are better educated, and symbolises more ordered thoughts than those of the poorer characters. However, when Lord Capulet is under the influence of alcohol, in Act One Scene Five, his speech loses its pattern and rhyme scheme. This shows that his thoughts are not as complex as they usually are and helps to convey his relaxed, jovial mood to the audience. Romeo first catching sight of Juliet is the next important part of the scene, and I would have Juliet dancing with Paris, smiling and looking content because I think this would evoke the greatest emotional response in the audience. I want them to feel that Romeo has no chance of being noticed by someone as beautiful as Juliet, and to show that Romeo feels this way too he should say his dramatic monologue, with the lines, "O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright! It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night, Like a rich jewel in an Ethiope's ear; Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear!" ...read more.


This would show the audience that it is not an empty threat and should make them feel worried about Romeo's fate. The Elizabethan audience for which the play was written would have felt that Tybalt deserved to get revenge on Romeo for his intrusion on the Capulets' party, as honour was considered very important at the time. However, a modern audience might feel uneasy on Romeo's behalf because they would want everything to go well, and not really understand the seriousness of revenge in those days. Then the screen will switch to show Romeo, who will silently take Juliet by the hand and lead her out of the sight of the others. I think Shakespeare wrote this switch between storylines to create a diversion, to distract the audience from Tybalt's promise to get revenge, and I would like to capture this effect again in my version. As Romeo flirts with Juliet, he uses a lot of religious imagery, such as, "Have not saints lips, and holy palmers too?" to which Juliet replies, "Ay, pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer." Juliet is saying that pilgrims do not kiss; they touch hands, then Romeo says, put simply, "but don't pilgrims have lips too?" Juliet replies that they do, but they are lips for use in prayer, not kissing. She appears to feel that Romeo is being too forward and tries to put him off slightly. The audience would probably feel the same, that this was shocking and shameful, if they did not use religious ideas and imagery to fuel their conversation. ...read more.

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