Romeo And Juliet Essay

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How does Baz Luhrmann update Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet for a modern audience?The Baz Luhrmann has crafted his own interpretation of William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' to be relevant to the modern audience. Luhrmann was highly effective at recreating characters from Shakespeare's play to be modernised. Firstly the main character who had been changed most from the original was Lady Capulet.In the original play, Lady Capulet was much nicer to Juliet. Lady Capulet respected Juliet's obedience until she fell in love with Romeo. This was also portrayed in the first half of the movie. When Juliet had fallen in love with Romeo, she became less obedient which caused the Lady Capulet in the film to be a lot more angry and disrespectful than the original Lady Capulet. The Lady Capulet in the play was a lot calmer and let Capulet do all the disciplining. By changing this character, to highlight her more negative qualities, Juliet seems more justified in her willingness to marry at such a young age, and essentially leave her family. Her decision becomes more reasonable or at least understandable "I'll look to like, if looking liking move, But no more deep will I endart mine eye, Than your consent gives strength to make it fly."One of the major differences was the change to the final scene. To start with, when Romeo arrived at the tomb, there was no one there to stop him when he entered. Paris was not present in the final scene of the movie, which means he didn't die in the film version while he died in the original play. In the film, when Romeo drank from the potion, Juliet woke up right after which therefore meant that there was a few seconds where they both got to say goodbye. In the play, when Juliet woke up, she was alone with the dead bodies of Paris, Romeo and the other members of her family. This created the final scene to be a lot sadder in the film because of the fact that they had to die knowing that everything went wrong. In the play when Juliet was the last one left, the Friar was there and tried to get her out before he left, but in the film, the Friar was not present at the time. When there was nobody left, there was no meeting between the Capulets and the Montague's in the tomb. Finally, the Prince finished off the play with his quote about the tragic story, but in the film, it was ended in the same way it started, through the news reporter on the TV screen. This part also fits in well with the setting theme.Baz Luhrmann aimed Romeo and Juliet towards a modern young audience, so they could know Shakespeare's play. He knew that Romeo and Juliet had to appeal to young 20th century audience so he chose well known 20th century actors, Leonardo Dicaprio and Clare Danes. Juliet had to be chosen by Dicaprio as she was the one who he had to love in the film. The romantic scenes containing Romeo and Juliet had to look real so Dicaprio had to choose an actress who he liked and though he could work the best with to bring passion, love and...

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