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Compare the presentation of Juliet in Act 1 Scene 5 in Romeo & Juliet with the presentation of the same character in Baz Lurhman's adaptation of the play Introduction * Romeo and Juliet tells the tale of a metaphysical vision of mutual love that drowns and perishes in its idealistic and vehement nature. * Within the play three intertwining themes come to a head in Act III Scene V, the intensity of love between the two lovers, the individual versus society and inevitability of fate. * Each of these themes are important to how Juliet is presented by Shakespeare and Lurhman. * Three strands of the play collide head on with one another in Act 3 Scene 5. C * Collision manifests clearly in the character of Juliet. * Throughout the play Juliet makes a transition from innocence to heightened responsibility==> there is a heightened sense that she has been forced to mature too quickly, ==> establishes her as a tragic heroine, ==> image becomes more apparent as the play progresses. Paragraph 1 Individual vs Society (Full Paragraph) Throughout the play the notion that the lover's are outsiders from society has been present, however both Shakespeare and Lurhman make this idea prominent. Shakespeare uses the recurring theme of light and dark to extenuate this theme. In line 35 Juliet says 'O now be gone, more light and light it grows'. Here Juliet dreads the approaching day which will mean Romeo will have to leave. ...read more.


In a way Juliet is being deceitful to her mother, in line 100 Juliet says 'To hear him nam'd and cannot come to him', her mother thinks that she means that she wants to kill him and hates having to wait, whereas Juliet is being quite deceptive in her language, regretting that she can't be with Romeo. The use of dramatic irony is also particularly prominent in the speech. Juliet refers to 'poison' in line 97, here Juliet is accepting that poison will be the way Lady Capulet had suggested, but what is interesting is that Romeo does die through poisoning, but out of his own choice, yet this is driven by Lady Capulet's vengeance. This deceiptfulness continues when interacting with her mother. As she hears the news that she is to be married to Paris, she tells her mother that inadvertently that she would rather be married to Romeo. In line 121 she says ' I will not marry yet, and when I do, I swear/It shall be Romeo whom you know I hate' , here the audience notice that Juliet deceives her mother, using enjambment, to conceal her true intentions. In comparison to Shakespeare, Lurhman cuts out all the lines where Juliet deceives and tricks her mother and her mother doesn't pretend to sympathize with Juliet as much. This shows that Juliet is less cunning, and tells her mother the truth right from the start. This interaction in the film is conveyed by a series over overhead shots, which increases the tension, which is added to by the high strings playing in the background. ...read more.


* Camera angles are also very important here==> as they zoom into Capulet's face showing his hysteria. However emotionally distraught ==>Juliet is, she has broken free==> of this patriarchal notion of male domination. Conclusion * Throughout Act 3 Scene 5, Juliet's character is portrayed in different ways by Shakespeare and Lurhman ==> used to convey a message to the audience and society==> through Juliet's trials and tribulations, her emotions and her reactions. ==>==>Romeo and Juliet may be viewed as a philosophical inquiry==> into what happens when supposedly perfect love==> placed into an imperfect world. * Through exploring Shakespeare and Lurhman's outlook ==>on the individual (or the couple) versus society and both Shakespeare's and Luhrman's view on the male dominating patriarchal society, we can see both the play and the film hold messages for society, ==> through two different mediums, ==> theatre and ==>film Lurhman and Shakespeare==> question the idea of 'love' and how society and ==>the audience perceive it, we find that over the course of the play the notion of 'love' in itself becomes==> paradoxical, and there is ==>no set way to define it. However Shakespeare ==>finds that any definition of 'love' has no substsance , lead us to the conclusion that love is ever flowing and adapting. * And this is what Lurhman has tried to do, and ==>contextualise this subtle notion to a modern audience. * Hence Lurhman turns Shakespeare's warning, into a more philosophical moral argument against the failures of a society, where the ==>idea of love is not prepared to evolve and hence creates a situation where ==>human vice takes over this quest for love. ...read more.

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