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The Theme of Love in Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' and in the Baz Luhrman and Zeffirelli Film Versions.

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The Theme of Love in Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' and in the Baz Luhrman and Zeffirelli Film Versions. Love is one of the main, if the not most important, themes in the play 'Romeo and Juliet'. The aspect of love in the play can be interpreted in many different ways and this is shown in the Zeffirelli and Baz Luhrman film versions. The theme of love is, quite obviously, continued throughout the whole play. When Romeo is first seen in Act One, scene one it is clear that love is one of the most important things in his life and in a way he lets it rule his actions and emotions. We see that he is upset because the girl he 'loves', Rosaline, does not love him back. Although he knows she does not feel the same way he continues to think of her a lot and talks about her to Mercutio. He uses oxymoron, such as 'O brawling love, O loving hate'; to express the love and sadness he is feeling at the same time. Act One, Scene Five (Line 42 - end) In Act 1, scene 5 Romeo and Juliet first catch sight of each other. Romeo is amazed by her beauty and is instantly attracted to her looks. This is the idea of love at first sight, it makes it seem as though they both knew as soon as they saw each other that they were meant to be together. ...read more.

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This part of the scene also shows that, regardless of the fact that people who hated either him or his family surrounded Romeo, he still managed to fall in love. This adds to the reasons to believe it could have been true love, as surely Romeo knew the risks being taken in liking Juliet. After this part of the scene, Romeo and Juliet first meet. In both the Zeffirelli and Luhrman versions the directors chose to have Juliet dancing at some point. When Romeo is watching her in the Luhrman version he has already seen her from behind the fish tank. In the Zeffirelli version he sees her for the first time while she is dancing. Zeffirelli chose to have everyone dancing as a group. In some ways this emphasizes how beautiful Romeo thinks she is. Her beauty makes her stand out from the crowd and before he even has time to look at anyone else he has fallen for Juliet. The Luhrman version gives the impression that, after only seconds of seeing Juliet, Romeo wants to see more of her and so he watches her dance until he gets a chance to talk to her. As soon as Romeo starts talking to Juliet he is already complimenting her and idolizing her. He uses the metaphor 'holy shrine' to make her seem like a goddess. ...read more.

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I think the reason the play has remained popular is because love is probably something that people will never fully understand. The passionate, deep love that Romeo and Juliet experience in the play made them act on instinct and even die for each other. People wish they could experience love like the one seen in 'Romeo and Juliet' even though it ended in tragedy. I think it also remains popular because it is not just a typical love story that has a fairy tale ending. It is romantic but at the same time it is realistic (to an extent) in the fact that the course of true love never runs smooth. Many people today are faced with at least one of the problems seen in the play; parents often do not approve of their children being in a relationship and therefore the children keep secrets from them. When adults are to make decisions they can easily make the wrong ones if their decision is influenced. For example the friar's decision to marry Romeo and Juliet to make them happy. His decision shows that even he believed that the love Romeo and Juliet had was true and so he risked his job and the respect people had for him in order for them to be together. I do not think that 'Romeo and Juliet' will ever lose it's popularity because people will always be interested in love stories, especially ones which make their love-lives seem a little less complicated. ...read more.

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