Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare In this essay I have focused on Romeo and Juliet. Romeos Character in the play is diffrent to the one in the film. In both the play and the film Romeo has many of emotions, which is unusual for a young man. Romeos emotions take control of him especially love. An example of when he says "O speak aging, bright angel, thou art as glorious to this night, being o'er my head, as is a winged messenger of heaven". In both the play and the film Romeo dreams of falling in love and love is everything to him; he thinks of love as if it were a religion to him. Romeo is a very unstable character from reading in the play I can tell that he is a very troubled young man. Romeo isolated himself from his family because he likes to be alone. Romeo is a very private and mysterious character. Romeo has a very weird and strange behaviour that can be extreme at times. This is known when he speaks to Benvolio about Rosaline, "Ay me, sad hours seem so long" Therefore Romeo puts the point across that he is hurting by the rejection of love and that he only really wants to be in love and to be happy. Baz Luhrmann has recreated the play with a modernized theme. The play is old and it tells us that it was set in the 1500's by having daggers and swords. However the film, Lehrmann introduces guns, cars and drugs, which wouldn't have been around when Shakespeare wrote the play. This makes the Play easier to understand for a modern audience. Baz Luhrmann's film uses sophisticated cinematic techniques to attract the viewer. Luhrman used colour and music to portray the film and its mood. This uses dramatic film sets and very highly paid movie stars, which the audience can easelity relate too. In contrast, in the play there would be minimal stage set and no special effects. There is also a man playing Juliet so the love scene wouldn't be as affective.
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