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Discuss the effectiveness of the transformation of the Desert Scene from text to screen.

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University Degree Romeo and Juliet

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Discuss the effectiveness of the transformation of the Desert Scene from text to screen.

Baz Luhrmann has used many very effective film techniques in transforming the Mantua scene from text to screen. Through the choice of specific setting, music and camera techniques, he has emphasised the role of fate and haste in the lovers' tragedy.

The setting of Mantua in a barren, desert environment reinforces the isolation of Romeo's banishment. With the harsh, unrelenting sun engulfing the scene with a strong orange light, it provides a stark contrast to earlier scenes where the love between Romeo and Juliet blossomed. The desert is a sterile environment, where in the absence of water, life ceases to exist. Baz Luhrmann has effectively employed the visual juxtaposition of water and desert to convey Romeo's isolation. Even the caravans, a temporary residence, are situated far apart. But the desert does not only convey a literal setting, it is also symbolic of Romeo's emotional desert. Without Juliet, Romeo's life is barren and sterile. This metaphorical setting highlights the depth and true love between Romeo and Juliet. Romeo's love for Juliet is not an infatuation, but rather having known her, his life

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