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How would the audiences of Shakespeare, Zeffiralli and luhrmann have reacted to Act 1 scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet?

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In this essay I will be looking at each of the Romeo and Juliet scripts and discussing how the audience would of reacted. I will be looking at what was going on at the time, what was relevant to the text and how the writer would of used pop culture from the time it was made. In Elizabethan play house there were many differences compared to morden theatre. Woman were not able to act and men would dress up as woman. In a play house there was limited lighting, little visual and sound effects. In the 1500s there was little makeup so when men played woman a lot was left to the imagination. Usually it would be a young man or teen that would play the woman because their voices hadn't broken. During 1500s a lot was going on in America and England. The English were going to war with Spain (Shakespeare may of used the concept of England being at war with Spain in Romeo + Juliet with the Mountgue England and Capulet Spain). ...read more.


The United States and some 40 other countries supported South Vietnam by supplying troops and munitions, and the USSR and the People's Republic of China furnished munitions to North Vietnam and the Vietcong. On both sides, however, the burden of the war fell mainly on the civilians. This would have been relevant because Zeffirelli could of used this for inspiration with the Montague and Capulet just like Shakespeare did with the English and Spanish war in 1500s. In the time of Zeffirelli in America the woman rights movement. This would have been important to the film because it could have been used for the inspiration for Juliet's character. Zefferllis Romeo and Juliet were the first to have nudity in the wedding scene of Romeo and Juliet. This version would appeal to teens A) Because they could relate to the pressure of love and adolescence B) Because there is nudity. During the time of Lurhmann's version (1996) in America people were recovering from the death of the acclaimed rapper 2pac shakur. ...read more.


This may be because the scene concentrates on the first meeting and the love between the two, and Luhrmann's focuses on the rivalry so the script would had to have been re-modelled. In lurhmann's water image is used a lot like in the toilets of the party scene where first Romeo drops his mask in the sink of the toilets showing he is no-longer hiding and cleans himself of his family. Then when Romeo first spy's Juliet through the fish tank water images are used there. This has a meaning of A) the fish tank being the separating between both families' B) the water meaning there love is pure a clean. In this essay I have been writing about the three different versions of the party and who went to see it. In all versions there has been conflict in the same time Spain v England 1596, America v Vietnam 1968 and the gang wars on L.A in 96 which would have reflected the feud of the families. I prefer Lurhmann's version because it uses a blend of mordan day setting and costume and 1500s language. It also uses gang style fighting like the style of the time. ...read more.

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