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In this essay I will be discussing the theme of violence in the story of Romeo and Juliet. I have seen two versions of Romeo and Juliet. The first version I saw was the classic Zeferelle film.

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Romeo and Juliet In this essay I will be discussing the theme of violence in the story of Romeo and Juliet. I have seen two versions of Romeo and Juliet. The first version I saw was the classic Zeferelle film. The next Romeo and Juliet film I watched was the modern Baz Luhrman version, which stars Leonardo Dicaprio as Romeo. The story of Romeo and Juliet is about two families that have an ancient grudge against each other. The Montagues and the Capulets. Romeo is a Montague and Juliet is a Capulet. Romeo and Juliet fall in love and get married. The problem is that friendship between the two families is forbidden. Juliet's cousin kills Romeo's best friend so Romeo kills Juliet's cousin. In the end Romeo thinks Juliet is dead so he kills himself. However it turns out Juliet isn't dead and she wakes up to see her true love Romeo dead. Juliet is so upset she takes her life. The main scene of violence is Act 3 Scene one, which involves the monstrous battle between Mercutio and Tybalt and then the avenging fight, Romeo versus Tybalt. ...read more.

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Tybalt lunges his sword at Mercutio and kills him. You can tell a lot about Mercutio's character from this scene. Mercutio is portrayed as always up for a fight, and always the joker. Even when Mercutio is on deaths door after Tybalt stabs him he is still acting like the clown. As Mercutio is stumbling up the town centre steps he says, "If you send for me tomorrow you will find me a grave man". Also his friends ask if he is ok and he says "A scratch a scratch!" Even though he was at the time bleeding to death. This show Mercutio's true personality, even when he is on deaths door he is cracking jokes. After Romeo realises Mercutio is dead he feels very guilty and blames himself for his best friends death. Which in my opinion is partly right because if Romeo hadn't got involved Mercutio might have stabbed Tybalt instead. Tybalt was trying to get Romeo but got Mercutio and in the film you can see the guilt on Tybalt's face, which you don't realise when you read the text. ...read more.

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But during the fight scenes they have western songs which I believe make it look like a comedy and very amateurish. Which it certainly isn't. The thing I like the most in the Baz Luhrman version is the way they use a huge rock with a big hole in it to be associated with a proscenium, which is a stage. I think the director has chose to do this to remind people that Romeo and Juliet was originally a play performed at a theatre. Where Romeo visits to recall what has happened. I like the fact that they use guns instead of swords because it shows the level of violence that much more. Also it makes the scenes look even more dangerous, Swords don't seem to have that much impact while Guns put you on edge. In conclusion I believe that Baz Luhrman's version of Romeo and Juliet relates to the present whilst the Zeferelle classic version relates more to Shakespeare times, which I suppose is more appropriate. Overall I think Baz Luhrman's modern version portrays the theme of violence in Romeo and Juliet with much more excitement and has amazing camera angles, music, and acting. While Zefferelle's version acts Romeo and Juliet out more like the original productions. By Sarah Edwards ...read more.

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