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Discussing the themes of love and fate in Romeo & Juliet with particular reference to Act 1 scene 5 and the interpretation of this scene by the directors Zefirelli and Baz Luhrmann.

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Romeo & Juliet Coursework For the purposes of the assignment I am going to be discussing the themes of love and fate in Romeo & Juliet with particular reference to Act 1 scene 5 and the interpretation of this scene by the directors Zefirelli and Baz Luhrmann. People in Shakespeare's time believed in fate and the influence in their lives, they also believed in the predictive nature of dreams. Example of this can be shown in the play, example Mercutio talks about dreams in act 1 scene 4 where he talk about the fairy of dreams and how she bring peoples dreams for different kind of people, example for lovers they dream about love, Soldiers in war about home, Lawyers about fees, and that when she brings this dreams people's attitudes change making them with a bad behaviour" Which oft the angry Mab with blisters plagues". ...read more.


When Romeo & Juliet meet they follow the traditions and language of courtly love. At the time courtly love were only a thing on a paper, nothing but a dream, because their husbands were picked , and divorce didn't exist at the time , once married it was till death together, woman could never find true love, so the play was a kind of a play to woman at the time. Courtly love is shown in the play at act scene 5 when they see each other and talk. Romeo & Juliet fell in love at first sight, and how when they talk for the first time he gently approaches her and uses religious imagery for flirting"If I profane with my unworthiest hand This holy shrine, the gentle fine is this: My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss". ...read more.


The first thing you notice in the movie is that Zefirelli's play is set on the renaissance and Luhrmann's is set on modern days. The features of courtly love is also a big difference, in Zefirelli's there is a lot of close ups of the Romeo & Juliet , a lot of touching hands and religious imagery, In Luhrmann's courtly love is shown by dressing Romeo in a knight costume and Juliet as an angel and a lot of modern chatting up. Basically R&M is a play about a love that will never die, is basically a love that never happens in real life, basically a dream, a gentle forever passion love that we always dream about and the directors show this in many way, by the way they film the movie and they way the actors act. ...read more.

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