Babo And Juliet And Baz Luhrmann's Romeo And Juliet

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Individuals are subject to the forcefulness of love and the inevitability of fate due to varying ideals and what is known as “meant to be”. This idea is explored in both William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (1600) and Baz Luhrmann’s modern appropriation (1996), through personal values and separation between families. Baz Luhrmann’s film is a very successful appropriation of the original Shakespeare. Transforming the 16th century play into a contemporary popular culture film was done creatively by keeping the same values and language, but changing the context. The inevitability of fate upon different values which leads to the victim having their possibilities restricted. The forcefulness of love and inevitability of fate are thematic issues that captivate audiences in any era being themes that transcend time, hence they are commonly used in many texts. Set in a world where monarchy dictated how people lived, love is effectively used to create a mystery and complication. Using various modernising elements, Luhrmann achieves an appeal to the contemporary teenage audience and the changed in the film create a more comprehensible meaning to the audience because people can relate to it better and this is why the film is so engaging. The forcefulness of love is explored through the resilient, elated, overpowering force that prevails which surpasses all other values, loyalties and emotions. In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, individuals are driven to resist family values and defy their social world for love. In Act 2, Scene 2, Juliet’s dialogue in “Deny thy father and refuse thy name,” illuminates the overriding theme of love through Juliet’s disobedience to her father to will for the one she loves. In Act 2, Scene 5, the dialogue "If all else fail, myself have power to die" is used to show how love can overwhelm a person as powerfully and completely as hate can. The symbol of the potion demonstrates Juliet’s determination to fight for Romeo. The potion also symbolizes human society’s tendency to poison good things and make them fatal, just as the pointless Capulet-Montague feud turns Romeo and Juliet’s love to poison. Romeo and Juliet portrays the chaos and passion of being in love, combining images of love,

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