Shakespeare's "Romeo And Juliet" And Baz Luhrmann's "Romeo + Juliet"

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William Shakespeare's "The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet," set in 16th century Verona, Italy shares differences with Baz Luhrmann's "Romeo + Juliet," set in modern day Verona Beach. These stories contain the same characters and conflict, however major and minor discrepancies are galore in the story lines of both formats of William Shakespeare's creation. Some major inconsistencies occur, such as Mercutio dying at a beach, portrayed as a hero, instead of being at a bar, looking like a fool, Friar Lawrence's letter is successfully sent to Romeo by mail carriers, however he does not have the opportunity to read it, unlike in the play version, where Romeo does not get the letter from Friar John, and is told the news by Balthazar, and nobody being at Juliet's tomb to stop Romeo from reaching Juliet, unlike in the play, Paris was there to pay his respects to Juliet. In addition to the major inconsistencies, minor ones are included throughout, such as Romeo and Juliet first seeing each other through a fish tank, then kissing in the elevator, not the dance, the famous balcony scene occurring in a pool, not on an actual balcony, and Juliet pointing a gun at Friar after she points it to herself, threatening to commit suicide. These inconsistencies probably occurred in the play to add a modern and entertaining twist to the Shakespearean classic, leading to the same denouement in both versions of "The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet."
In the modernized version, "Romeo + Juliet," Mercutio is at a beach, with Benvolio, until Tybalt Capulet makes his arrival. One difference right there is that the three of them are at a tavern in the play, but at a beach in the movie. To follow along, Romeo began the fight, not Mercutio, and Tybalt began to fight Romeo, to the point where blood was shed. Mercutio overlooks these two foes fighting it out, and decides to step in. Mercutio steps in to protect his friend, Romeo, from the dangers of the villainous Tybalt Capulet. Unfortunately, Mercutio dies in both versions of Shakespeare's "The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet," never making it to the end of the story lines. However, Mercutio dies portrayed as a hero in Luhrmann's portrayal of "Romeo and Juliet," by attempting to save Romeo from Tybalt, unlike in the play, where he is seen as the joker he has always been. Mercutio's portrayal as a hero probably occurred because of Luhrmann's dislike of the way Mercutio died in the play. Nonetheless, Mercutio still suffered the same fate that occurred to him in both versions.
In addition to the alterations in Mercutio's death, the letter from Friar Lawrence successfully makes it to Romeo in the movie's portrayal of Mantua, however, he never has the chance to read it. This is different from Shakespeare's play version since Friar John is supposed to give Romeo Friar Lawrence's letter, unlike in the movie, where a mail service is attempting to deliver the letter. In Shakespeare's original version, Friar John is held back at a plague...

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