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 …show more content…
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 quarantine as stated in ACT V, scene ii, "Suspecting that we both were in a house where the infectious pestilence did reign, sealed up the doors and would not let us forth..." (V.ii.9-11), and was not allowed to leave the house where he was held back at to deliver the important message. In the movie, however, Romeo does get the letter from Friar Lawrence, but
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