Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet is one of the most well-known plays of all time. Many people world-wide have watched and studied this popular Shakespearean play. Since the time William Shakespeare wrote it, many directors have interpreted the play. Many of those new takes can be compared with the original, and the changes stand out dramatically, yet the plot is the same. For instance, Baz Luhrmann’s take on Romeo and Juliet has some definite differences, yet also has some similarities (“Romeo”). Each aspect of this popular tale sticks to the main point - love is forever, no matter what. There are the basic similarities, such as the characters and the ending, but in the final act, there are certain similarities that should be noted. One similarity is at the beginning of the first scene. Romeo, banished from Verona, is lingering in Mantua, a neighboring town. He sees his friend Balthasar, who has entered and is making his way hastily toward Romeo, bringing very unpleasant news of Romeo’s newlywed. This scene is the same in both the film and the book, only with slightly different takes, but the main point still the same. The second scene also has a similarity, Friar Laurence. Listed in the book and film, Friar checks on the letter, to make sure that Romeo got it. Alas, the message has not made it to Romeo, and he has not learned of the plan. Friar Laurence then knows Romeo believes Juliet is long gone, but does not make it in time to alert Romeo before Romeo makes an irreversible decision. The third similarity is in Scene III, focusing on Romeo finding Juliet in the Capulet family’s tomb, believing she is dead. There is a major difference in this scene, but there is still some similarities. This similarity is Romeo’s reaction to seeing his dead w... ... middle of paper ... ...orks Cited William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet. Dir. Baz Luhrmann. By Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce, Jill Bilcock, Donald M. McAlpine, Nellee Hooper, Craig Armstrong, Marius De Vries, John O'Connell, Brent Woolsey, and Rob Young. Prod. Baz Luhrmann, Gabriella Martinelli, Catherine Martin, Catherine Martin, Jill Bilcock, David Rubin, Kym Barrett, Aldo Signoretti, Maurizio Silvi, Doug Hardwick, and Brigitte Broch. Perf. Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, Jesse Bradford, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Brian Dennehy, John Leguizamo, Miriam Margolyes, Harold Perrineau, Christina Pickles, Pete Postlethwaite, Paul Rudd, Paul Sorvino, Diane Venora, and M. Emmet Walsh. Released by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., 1996. DVD. Shakespeare, William, and Karin Jacobson. Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Foster City, CA: IDG, 2000. Print. "Romeo + Juliet." IMDb., n.d. Web. 04 Feb. 2014.

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