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Romeo and Juliet - In this essay I shall be showing the changes made by Baz Luhrman in his modern adaptation of William Shakespeare's tragedy.

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  • Submitted: 02/02/2004
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In this essay I shall be showing the changes made by Baz Luhrman in his modern adaptation of William Shakespeare's tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. I will be using Act 5 scene 3 to show the differences between the original text and film because of the events that unfolded in this scene are of great importance. This scene is one of the last in the book, and therefore brings the whole story to a conclusion. After showing the differences between the versions, I will use my opinion and knowledge of the film and modern audiences to explain why he made these changes.

Luhrrman's film is set in Verona Beach, a mythical beach city that appears to be in California. Shakespeare's version was set in Verona during the 16th Century. As Luhrman is attempting to appeal to a more modern audience, he decided to bring the film up to date. One way he could do this is with changing the setting to a more appealing and fun one, a beach seems the ideal choice for the film.

Another difference Luhrman has made to keep up with the times is by changing the age of Juliet. Originally she is only

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