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The death scene in Romeo and Juliet

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The death scene in Romeo and Juliet, act v Scene iii is a powerfully dramatic thing, with close reference to the text and Baz Luhrmans modern adaptation explain how the scene is dramatically affected. You must consider the following: The scene in detail up to the death of Juliet Key moments in the scene, their impact on the audience and the significance of each Shakespeare's use of language for emotive/dramatic effect How dramatic tension is conveyed by Luhrmann The social/historical context of the play and audience reaction then and now Anything else you consider relevant Romeo and Juliet was written by William Shakespeare around 1595. It is a book about two "star crossed lovers destined to die" and the story leading up to their deaths. At the time it was written, fathers were very much more in control of what happened his families lives. Many fathers of time would have frowned upon the play as not only did Juliet not agree with her father when he arranged her marriage, but even the simple fact that Romeo and Juliet even started a relationship... knowing they were from rival families. Baz Luhrmann made a modern adaptation of the book. The movie was a great hit, even with the younger audience. This essay will talk about both the original text and Baz Luhrmann's modern adaptation. The scene opens with Paris and his Page entering the churchyard where the Capulets family tomb is, and where Juliet lies. ...read more.


Throughout the novel Romeo has referred to Juliet in terms of light and when he sees her he says "A grave? O no, a lantern, slaughtered youth; for here lies Juliet, and her beauty makes This vault a feasting presence full of light." Even in a dark tomb, with dead bodies all around her, he sees her just as beautiful as he always has. Then Romeo notices all the signs of life, but doesn't put it all together and it never occurs to him that she is still alive. He says: "Thou art not conquered; beauty's ensign yet is crimson in thy lips and in thy cheeks and deaths pale flag is not advanc´┐Żd there" There is a great deal of irony here that Romeo is just about to kill himself for Juliet, just as she is recovering from the drugs. Romeo takes the drugs and says "Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die." Romeo dies... and just as he does Friar Lawrence enters the family tomb. Baz Luhrmann's modern adaptation of Romeo and Juliet did surprisingly well in the cinema, even introducing the younger generation to Shakespeare who previously wouldn't have been interested in it. Although, in the adaptation there are a lot of bits left out none of the tension is lost, it could even be argued that the death scene in the adaptation is more emotional than the one in the play. ...read more.


Then the camera pulls away and this suggests their souls are ascending to heaven together. Luhrmann then puts together a montage of clips from the movie, this includes when they first meet at the Capulet party and see each other through the fish tank, the morning after the wedding, it then returns to the church. Then it goes back to a previous bit in the movie again, the kiss in the swimming pool. The water may be a symbol of rebirth. Then it whites out, this may be a symbol of them going to heaven as heaven is seen as all white. Then the music of the woodwinds at the end of this sequence, after everything the two loves have gone through, gives a sense of peace at last. It is an unconventional adaptation of "...the classic love story moved..." to the futuristic backdrop of Verona beach. It has been classed as "spellbinding" and "wildly inventive." In conclusion, although the play and movie use the same lines, it keeps you entertained in different ways. The play uses tension by making it clear that certain things are going to happen before they do... and as it leads up to these points the audience becomes very anxious. In Baz Luhrmann's adaptation there is fast paced scenes to create tension. The use of music also helped the modern adaptation as it plays on your emotions and creates and atmosphere. Overall I enjoyed the movie more as I think there is just more in it to make you want to watch on. ...read more.

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