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Comparison between the two versions of Romeo and Juliet

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Introduction

Prologue Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona (where we lay our scene), From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life; Whose misadventured piteous overthrows Doth with their death bury their parents strife. The fearful passage of the death-marked love, And in continuance of their parents rage, Which but their children's end nought could remove. Is now the two hours' traffic of our stay The which of your with patient ears attend, What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend. The difference in the movies We have watched two versions of 'Romeo and Juliet'. One was made in 1968 by a man called Franco Zeffirelli and was set in Verona, in the Middle Ages. A man named Baz Lurhmann made the other movie in 1996 still set in Verona. This version is very modern. The stars in the Zeffirelli version were Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting. The Lurhmann version starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. One of the main differences between the two versions of 'Romeo and Juliet' was the opening. The Zeffirelli movie had quite a slow opening, in contrast to fast and furious opening of Lurhmann's version. Both films used Shakespeare's play properly, but their outcomes were very, very different. Zeffirelli's version of the opening was set in a market square, whereas Lurhmann's opening was in a petrol station. ...read more.

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His main target audience was for teenagers studying this subject. He made it interesting by adding in on-screen action and violence, soppy love scenes and references to sex. By adding all of this, we can say that he aimed it very well for everyone. An action film which is fun to watch and a soppy romance film for the girls. A lot of the text ad to be edited to keep to a suitable length for a film but this was soon to be replaced by his use of images and can even add to our understanding of the language. The Franco Zeffirelli's version is very hard to understand as the pictures are boring, and there is not much to keep you wanting to watch. Imagery is used a lot throughtout the whole play which was obviously just Baz Lurhmann's idea to do so. In the images it shows the loyalty that each family member shows to their family by the family crest on the butt of their guns. In the film, he uses a lot of images that show symbolic meaning such as water throughout the film. Water shows purity and clears thoughts. Romeo washes his face at the party to clear his head of the drugs and sees Juliet clearer. He first sees Juliet through a fish tank full of water and as Mercutio and Tybalt die, there is water present (seaside and the fountain). ...read more.

Conclusion

The play refers a lot to astrological outlooks. Another example being: 'I fear, too early: for my mind misgives Some consequence yet hanging in the stars Shall bitterly begin his fearful date' This quote is when Romeo is refusing to go to the party where he shall meet Juliet and if he had gone with his first instincts, he would have never met Juliet and all the death and fighting would continue. I think he refers a lot to the stars because in Shakespeare's time, people believed the stars held everyone's lives and their future and told them what was going to happen. After Juliet has met Romeo, she is on her balcony talking to the stars saying: 'My only love sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late! Prodigious birth of love it is to me, That I must love a loathed enemy.' Juliet thinks that the meeting has been too special for it to be coincidence or fate. She also uses contrast by saying he was her 'only love' but also her 'only hate'. This gives the audience an impression of confusion but also excitement as it gives us an idea of where their relationship will be going. These are only a few of the countless remarks to fate in the whole script of the famous 16th century play. This gives us the valuable information for who, or what, was to blame for this tragedy. Shakespeare meant for his audience to interpret that the happenings of this play were influenced by a higher power, not certain people. ...read more.

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