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Study how Romeo and Juliet speak and behave in the scenes when they first appear, and in the

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Study how Romeo and Juliet speak and behave in the scenes when they first appear, and in the "party" and the "balcony" scenes. How does the way they are portrayed prepare us for the tragedy that befalls them? Romeo and Juliet is one of William Shakespeare's most famous plays, but have also been adapted into films and musicals. The director of the musical 'West Side Story' has taken the basic storyline of Romeo and Juliet, twisted it slightly, written a new script and transformed the setting into 1940s New York. Other directors have simply turned the play into a film, and kept the script and storyline the same. Two film directors, Baz Luhrmann and Franco Zeffirelli have made such film adaptations of Romeo and Juliet - Zeffirelli's was made in 1968 and Luhrmann's in 1997. The times that the two films came out are extremely important, as they would have played a big part in how the two directors portrayed their versions of the characters and setting. 1968 was a time when many people were 'hippies' and there was a lot of 'peace, love and romanticism'. This guides the Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet's genre much more to the romantic style. The Luhrmann came out after many action and war films such as Star Wars and Mission Impossible, and in the opening scenes of ...read more.


and "Why such is love's transgression. Griefs of mine own lie heavy in my breast". These quotes illustrate to the audience that Romeo is depressed and he believes he is in love. The language and Behaviour of Romeo in this scene illustrates, that when Romeo falls in love with someone, he will do absolutely anything for her, he will be besotted with that person, in this case Rosaline. It shows that Romeo will do anything and everything for her. When Juliet first appears in Zeffirelli's version, she is happy, jumping around, full of energy and just loving life. The background music is jumpy and fast, showing her mood, which is happy and full energy. She runs around and is smiling all the time in the first scene. In this first version her mother calls her just before the Capulet's party to discuss Juliet getting married to a guy called Paris. Juliet immediately says "I'll look to like, if looking licking move, But no more deep Will I endart mine eye." Juliet is saying she will look at Paris and if this leads to liking then she will but she will not commit herself to anything. In the Luhrmann versions her mood is still happy, full of energy and still loving life. ...read more.


This is the only difference with the scenes. In this scene again both Romeo and Juliet's behaviour is very sexual, the two cannot stop kissing. The Language illustrates the love between the two. ""I take thee at thy word. Call me but love, and I'll be new baptised: Henceforth I never will be Romeo" Here Romeo is willing to change his name for Juliet. "My love as deep, the more I give thee the more I have," In my opinion this scene prepares the audience for the tragedy that befalls them the most due to the behaviour and language of Romeo and Juliet. "Three words, dear Romeo, and good night indeed, and if that bent of love be honourable, Thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow". This quote illustrates that the two are willing to get married. They will stay together whatever the family says. There love is too strong and the two will stay together forever, nothing can break their love. Both films are individual; there are many differences, however there are some similarities as well. The main differences are in the setting, costume and iconography. I think that the Luhrmann version has a stronger opening, because it is more dramatic, and it prepares you for what the rest of the film will be like, because of the 'flash-forwards' at the beginning. Ali Abdulrasul Page 1 5/3/2007 ...read more.

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