Romeo and Juliet, adapted by Baz Luhrmann

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What is the relationship like between Juliet & her parents? Do you think the Capulet’s are good parents? Over four hundred years ago, William Shakespeare wrote the passionate “Romeo & Juliet” – first performed in 1595, the play has since captured the hearts of millions of people all over the world. The “star-crossed” lovers, Romeo & Juliet show us their tale of desperation, virtue, and passion, as they live, and die together. Set in the wealthy, romantic city of Verona, this essay will illustrate Juliet’s relationship with her parents, as a direct comparison to Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. Baz Luhrmann depicts the scenes of high importance, analysing them, and reducing them to mere quotes. He uses the dialogue to his advantage – the characters almost express his opinion entirely. For example, in A1, S3, when Lady Capulet shoves Juliet in the face, it is clear to the audience that she is a self-centred, cold lady, who cares for nobody but herself. Luhrmann also uses sonnets and soliloquies in his adaptation of the play – in A1, S5, when Romeo & Juliet first meet at the Capulet’s party, the pair share a sonnet together (lines 92-109). This gesture of love puts forward an idea of what the film is going to be about, as well as supporting the idea of the prologue – “A pair of star-crossed lovers”. The use of language, form, and structure is present throughout. The relationship between Juliet and her parents - the Capulet’s - is one that is distant, yet affectionate, in which the recurring themes of love, violence and hatred are all present. At the beginning of both the film and the play, Juliet and her parents are convinced that the wonderful young girl is entirely innocent, and would never... ... middle of paper ... ... would “no longer be a Capulet”, if it meant being with Romeo – she is willing to defy her family, to follow her heart. Here we can see that her love for Romeo is so strong, she soon becomes vulnerable. In some cases, however, Baz Luhrmann’s ideas differ entirely to the ideas of Shakespeare, who based the Capulet’s on good Elizabethan parents – their role was to find a worthy husband for their daughter, and marry them. This was excellent parenting in Shakespeare’s time, but it is apparent that this thought is not shared by everyone – Baz Luhrmann updated the famous play to a modern-day romantic tale of two young lovers, whilst maintaining the originality of the dialogue...although much of the sixteenth-century poetry is lost, the plot remains intact – Luhrmann has declared the fact that he wanted to direct the film adaptation, as he thought Shakespeare would have.
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