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Look at the changes writers have made to Romeo and Juliet. Say why these changes were made and which version you found more effective.

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English: Response To Shakespeare Literature: Understanding The Literary Tradition Look at the changes writers have made to Romeo and Juliet. Say why these changes were made and which version you found more effective. Romeo and Juliet is a romantic tragedy- one of the greatest of all time- created by William Shakespeare. From the very beginning of the play, the prologue tells us that the "two star crossed lovers" are destined to meet, fall in love and die and that nothing they or anyone else does can prevent this. Both Romeo and Juliet are aware that fate has taken control of their lives and they even at times when they think they are in control, fate takes over. Romeo calls himself "fortune's fool", although later changes to play away with the role of fate. In Baz Luhrman's modern film version we see the characters' lives run by violence and drugs so that Romeo and Juliet stand little chance of surviving against the pressures of society. Writers and directors have also made significant changes to many parts of the play, in particular, the ending. I will be looking at the different versions of Romeo and Juliet and the effectiveness of the changes made. Unusually, in the modern remake of Romeo and Juliet there is a change of setting. Instead of being the romantic city of Verona in Italy, we have a seedy city in America, where drugs and crime run the city; it's in the big city where many parts of it are poverty stricken. ...read more.

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As in the play Mercutio curses both their houses before he dies. Romeo then fights Tybalt for revenge and he ends up shooting and killing him. The two different versions have many similarities but they are also different in many ways the version that I found most effective for this was the modern version. I thought that the fight started out in an effective way and made Romeo seem like a 'good' person, the way that the director changed the old version was really good and made the whole scene fill with dramatic atmosphere. The whole scene was a lot better than the play was and it was set out better and made the audience feel more tension. There are many changes hat have been made to the ending of Romeo and Juliet. Some of these changes are good, whereas some of them are less effective. In the ending of the original there were four characters in the tomb where Juliet was. There were Romeo, Juliet, Paris and Friar Lawrence but in the modern film version there were only two characters in the ending; Romeo and Juliet. In the original Romeo goes to the tomb to kill himself to be with Juliet and when he is outside the tomb he comes face to face with Paris. They fight and Romeo ends up killing Paris. ...read more.

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There are many changes that writers/directors and other people have made to Shakespeare's original of Romeo and Juliet. The version that I found most effective and enjoyed the most was Baz Luhrman's modern film version. I thought that this version was not only more effective than all of the others but it captivated the audience right from the beginning and took them into a world where what they saw they believed was actually happening. I really liked this version because you could actually see what was happening whereas in the play you had to imagine what was going on. Baz Luhrman made many changes to the original but I think that they were for the better and improved Romeo and Juliet a lot. These changes that were made were very good, such as at the end of the play when it isn't just Romeo and Juliet in the tomb but there was Paris and Friar Lawrence as well. When I read the play I thought to myself why on earth did Shakespeare put these two characters in the end of the play? It totally ruined the atmosphere between Romeo and Juliet. But, in the modern version Baz realised this and took those two characters out of the scene and left it so that it was just Romeo and Juliet alone in the tomb. This created a much more dramatic and romantic atmosphere between the two lovers. ...read more.

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