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Examine the themes of conflict and love in Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' and how they are portrayed by Baz Lurhmannin in his film production of the text (1997). You should pay attention to dramatic effectiveness and use of language.

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Introduction

Examine the themes of conflict and love in Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' and how they are portrayed by Baz Lurhmannin in his film production of the text (1997). You should pay attention to dramatic effectiveness and use of language. I will be examining act 1 scenes 1 and 5, act 2 scene 2 and act 3 scene 5 because they will show a balance of love and conflict where the two families are fighting but also there is deep love between one person from the Capulet family (Juliet) and one person from the Montague family (Romeo) They are in love with each other but cannot be together because they are in different families this conflict occurs throughout the play and causes hell for the two families. The purpose of the prologue is to set the scene and inform the watcher/reader what is happening between the two families. Shakespeare presents the prologue in the form of a poem and it has rhyming couplets. ...read more.

Middle

Tybalt feels infuriated about Romeo's intrusion and he wants to fight Romeo but his uncle demands him not to this shows conflict between Tybalt and his uncle, in this scene Tybalts uncle is dressed as Caesar who was a Greek king, which shows status, and Tybalt is dressed as a devil, which shows that he is evil. When they find out they are born enemies they just stare at each other in devastation and Lurhmann puts colder lighting into this part of the scene to show that they are distraught. Act 2 Scene 2 The intense feelings of love are shown in the film when Romeo and Juliet fall in the swimming pool and start "loving" each other. Romeo loves Juliet so much that he says he would "Deny thy father and refuse thy name" which basically means he would not be part of that family and leave his parents just to be with her. Act 3 Scene 1 In this part of the play Romeo changes from a very passive anti fighting character to an aggressive person who wants to kill Tybalt. ...read more.

Conclusion

she says that if Juliet gets married to Romeo then she is not longer a part of the family and her mother wants nothing to do with her. When Juliet tells her father she doesn't want to marry Paris her father hits her this shows the threat of physical violence in her family and shows that her father has a very shoe temper. Conclusion This story has many aspects of love and conflict I would say there is more love than conflict although there is a lot of conflict it isn't as intense as the love side of the story and love, and you could say that conflict dominates but as the love is so intense I would say that it is slightly more about love than conflict. I feel that the Baz Lurhmann interpretation of Romeo and Juliet is much more effective as it is a film and a picture paints a thousand words and I find books very boring and things are conveyed much better if there is an image to go with it. ...read more.

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