Essay about Film Retellings of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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In this essay I will compare and contrast “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet is one of William Shakespeare’s most famous works. I will compare and contrast the 1968 film by Franco Zefferilli and 1996 Baz Luhrman’s film. It has been adapted into screenplays, and remade countless times. Baz Luhrman’s and William Shakespeare’s versions of Romeo and Juliet are similar in theme, but are different in setting, mood, and character personalities. The character of Romeo is a lovesick man who keeps changing his mind about the lady he fancies. To compare both text and film, Romeo doesn’t care about the feud between the Capulet’s and Montague’s until he meets Juliet. When Romeo sets eyes on Juliet he fall in love instantly …show more content…

The character of Lady Capulet is mainly different in both text and film. The comparison of Lady Capulet in both text and Luhrman film is that she feels more comfortable talking to Juliet with the nurse in the room and to prove this she says: “This is the matter. Nurse, give us a while- we must talk in secret- nurse come back again.” This shows us that Lady Capulet feels comfortable talking to Juliet when the nurse is around. To contrast, Lady Capulet is quite royal in the text unlike Luhrman’s film where Lady Capulet act more modern by dressing in short dresses and walking around with a towel on her head. There is also where Juliet is being punished by her dad because of the marriage and in the text Lady Capulet tries to support Juliet where on the other hand, Lady Capulet is more into her looks than Juliet in Luhrman’s film. The character of Mercutio probably has the most different personality in both text and film. This is because he is quite amusing but rude. Firstly, to compare Mercutio hates Tybalt and dies because Tybalt kills him in both text and film. However, Mercutio is very rude and mean in Luhrman’s film but in the text he is a little in

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