Fate in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet I believe that the characters in Romeo and Juliet have free will, in the drama. However, the audience learns from the chorus that whatever their intentions or decisions are, will turn out badly because of several flaws in different character’s personalities. - Romeo says that he will defy fate and will go to Juliet. - Juliet defies fate, instead of marrying Paris she pretends to be dead. - Romeo had a premonition not to go to the masked ball but his decision was to go any ways after Benvolio’s and Mercutio’s insistence.
When he climbs the trellis in the hope of seeing Juliet but discovers the nurse instead, his facial expression turns from one of lust and longing, to one of utter disgust and horror. When Romeo scurries down the trellis, his demeanour is hurried and rushed and we get a sense of urgency as he holds his breath. When Juliet appears from the elevator, he is flattered that she is speaking of him "O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?" After a short while he begins to shadow her, seemingly taken aback by her affectionate remarks and breathtaking beauty. Romeo seems almost intoxicated by Juliet; he continuously gazes deep into her eyes and follows her very closely throughout the scene.
Shakespeare wants us all to realise straight away that "Romeo and Juliet" isn't going to be a joyful romance story with a 'happily ever after endi... ... middle of paper ... ...audience. However, it is quite interesting how in the first act of the play, Shakespeare seems to be trying to make it look like the Capulet family are more in the wrong than those in the house of Montague. For example, at the beginning of the play, it is the servants of Capulet who start a violent quarrel in the street. Romeo's cousin Benvolio (which is Latin for 'Peace loving') tries, and nearly succeeds in ending the fight peacefully. It is at that point that Juliet's cousin Tybalt (which is Latin for 'War-monger') steps in, and his presence causes the fight to escalate to the point where Prince Escalus (the Prince of Verona) has to be called in to halt the brawl.
These together provide suspense and a deeper understanding of the plot as a whole. Act I incorporates foreshadowing early on to suggest that the love of Romeo and Juliet will have terrible consequences. Shakespeare's use of symbolism and tone in this act further suggest that Romeo and Juliet were never supposed to fall in love. Romeo wasn’t even supposed to be at the Capulet’s masquerade ball. Romeo first sees that “this night's revels” (I.iv.109), the night he meets Juliet, will “expire the term/ of a despised life” (I.iv.110), yet he still goes to the party with those risks.
This is explicitly shown in the film however, not in the play although many have interpreted it that way. Branagh’s version suggests that Hamlet and Ophelia have sexual intercourse, something which I found no indication towards in the written text of the play itself. In general, the 1990 version of Hamlet was able to portray the foreboding theme and doomed atmosphere which makes this play have such intensity to it, simply with its setting. Although the 1996 version was not perfect I feel that it was able to portray the emotions that were lost in the shortened 1990 version. Overall I would have to say that I enjoyed the 1996 version much more than the 1990 version simply due to its elegance through the sets and costumes and its ability to portray emotions adequately and accurately, thus creating a bridge between the play and the film.
Lord Montague says, “...And private in his chamber pens himself,/ Shuts up his windows, locks fair daylight out,/ And makes himself an artificial night'; (Act One, scene two, lines 137 to 139). Romeo gets over Rosaline when he sees Juliet at the ball at Lord Capulet’s house. Obviously, Romeo’s inability to find true love forces him to become lovesick. Another personality trait that Romeo demonstrates in the play is being impulsive. One of the parts where this personality trait is shown is in the Capulet’s orchard when Romeo and Juliet set the wedding date.
In Brooke's poem he doesn't use must detail or emotion in his characters whereas Shakespeare makes his characters a good deal more entertaining, giving them interesting and intriguing personalities. Shakespeare also adds the fight scene in "Romeo and Juliet," which is a very important scene in the play because Romeo loses his best friend, Mercutio, and also kills Tybalt, his wife's cousin. This scene is entertaining to the audience due to the large amount of action, and the fact that it draws upon the audience's empathy towards the characters, particularly Romeo. Shakespeare's version uses a lot more complex ideas, such as Brooke's
Directing William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Act 1 scene 5 is a very important scene in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ because it is where Romeo and Juliet first meet and also where Tybalt swears to kill Romeo. This scene is held at the Capulet’s house- they are holding a mask. At the beginning of the scene Capulet gives a welcoming speech and goes over the top telling jokes and embarrassing Juliet like a typical father. Romeo then notices Juliet and tells the audience about how beautiful she is: “For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.” After that the tension builds and Tybalt threatens to kill Romeo but Capulet calms him down and tells him he’s not allowed to make trouble. It then goes back to Romeo and Juliet and the love that they feel this is ended with them finding out that their families hate each other and they’re supposed to be rivals.
Where Luhrmann has omitted text from the original play, he has shown the emotion that was expressed in the text through the actions of characters and, among other factors, sets, lighting and music. So while Shakespeare supplied the wonderful story behind Luhrmann's adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, it is Luhrmann who successfully turned the play into a modern day movie that stayed true to Shakespeare's play while being suited to a modern day audience.
Upon hearing of the party, Benvolio convinces Romeo to attend and compare his unattainable love Rosaline to more beautiful women to get his mind off Rosaline. At Capulet's house, Lady Capulet speaks to Juliet about her feelings for marrying Paris while Juliet's Nurse listens on, telling stories of Juliet's childhood. Juliet, although hesitant, promises to be courteous. Masked, Romeo, Mercutio, and Benvolio head to the Capulet party. Romeo is still depressed, saying he dreamt a fearful dream of an untimely death that will result because of the evening's events, but Benvolio just makes fun of him.