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Comparing the characters in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

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Comparing the characters in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet In Romeo and Juliet there are significant differences in character between the way in which Tibalt, Romeo and Juliet behave and in this essay I will compare their differenes, referring to Baz Luhrmann Luhrmann's film starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Claire Danes. Tibalt's character is not only given a gun but a greased up gangster look. He is a walking oxymoron, he wears a shirt with a picture of the Virgin Mary on it but kills any Montague without a second thought. He is much more opposite of Benvolio than in other movies. Benvolio tries harder to keep the peace and is more sensitive to the deaths of others. ...read more.

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Juliet is a strong character. She obeys her parents but never appears to truly agree with them or understand them. This is most evidence in her relationship with her mother. While Lady Capulet is portrayed to be a woman who focuses on material things, Juliet is portrayed as a girl who enjoys the simple things in life. Her costume for the party demonstrates this. As a angel she appears simple and innocent. Romeo dresses as a knight for the party. In many medieval stories knights are said to gain their strength from god and his angels. The two costumes evens seem to draw them together. ...read more.

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When Romeo returns the scene is much more dramatic than any of the other scenes in the other movies. Romeo doesn't sneak into town or yell in the streets at night or just let the girl go, he drives in and is followed by no less than three squad cars. The police follow him to the apothecary but just miss him and then they follow him the to church where Juliet lays. The scene is heavy with religious images and again we feel like the theme is not "star-crossed lovers" but an act of god. Instead of Romeo killing himself and then Juliet awaking the death sequence is more like West Side Story. The two see each other and are able to get in one last kiss before Romeo dies and then Juliet kills herself with her "dagger". ...read more.

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