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Pre Twentieth Century Drama Coursework - Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet - What is the importance of Act 1 Scene 5, How does Baz Luhrman help you understand the play?

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William Shakespeare was a playwright, he was born in Stratford upon Hull in 1564 and he also died in Stratford upon Hull on 1603. He wrote many plays such as Macbeth, which was a tragedy, Henry the 5th that was history, and he also wrote comedies like Midsummer Dream. He was a famous playwright; a lot of his plays had a good impact and kept the people intrigued in his plays. Shakespeare was good at using convoluted words, which were understood in there times but not very well today. One of the famous plays he wrote was Romeo and Juliet, which was a tragedy. Many productions and films have been made; however, the most famous version of the play is Baz Luhrman's 1997 films with Leonardo Di Caprio and Clare Danes. In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet play there is romance, tragedy, friendship, loyalty and grudges against the two families. There is sadness and happiness throughout the play. Two of the richest and most important families in Verona, the Montagues and the Capulets, are engaged in a deadly feud. No one can remember how it started, but it involves everyone, from the servants to the most distant relatives. ...read more.


This shows the audience that Romeo and Juliet are made for each other. They use this language to explain that they are made for each other. Romeo says he's like a pilgrim going to a saint's shrine. He describe his lips, "My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready to stand, to smooth that rough touch with tender kiss." Juliet continues the religious words and speaks in the same kind of tone. They both use religious imagery. Juliet commands to Romeo, "You kiss by the book." This means that Romeo has studied, how to kiss, this shows the audience that they both have a good sense of humour and are suited. They both use playful teasing language. When Romeo finds out Juliet is a Capulet, he declares, "O dear account my life is my foe's debt." This denotes I owe my life to my enemy. This illustrates the audience that even if she is the enemy Romeo still decides to love her. When Juliet discovers Romeo is a Montague, she articulates, "My only love sprung from my only hate!" This indicates that her love is her enemy. ...read more.


Romeo was actually gone to the party in hope of seeing the girl he loves from distant named Rosaline, but miraculously Romeo meets Juliet and falls in love with her instantaneously. Luhrman's film makes the whole play a lot easier to understand because he used modern settings, cars and cities instead of villages. Luhrman has music in the play this helps the audience to relate to the characters and the story. Mercutio is dancing to the music; this highlights his fun loving attitude. Chorus to emphasize the mood. Modern version of events is in the film, e.g. guns are used instead swords, there was also drugs like ecstasy in Luhrman's film, but these drugs were not around Shakespeare's time; instead they had herbals. The party scene had a lot of talking in Shakespeare's play. So the movie was edited, most of the talking in the party scene, which was not needed to know, was deleted. Luhrman tried to keep the movie as understandable and simple as possible, without ruining the main story line. To make the play straightforward, costumes of the characters described their personality and their appearances. Finally the editing of the movie has fast pace and quick shots to show the viewers the mood. JEET SINGH MR. BILKEY 10 OB ROMEO and JULIET ...read more.

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