Similarities Between Romeo And Juliet And Baz Luhrmann

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Romeo and Juliet is a written play by William Shakespeare in 1895 revolves around two young teenagers’ complex and intriguing love story. A film adaptation was written and directed in 1999 by Baz Luhrmann later on. The famous play explores the themes of love and conflict with many languages techniques: metaphor, repetition, symbolism, and juxtaposition. While Baz Luhrmann effectively portrays the themes through film techniques and scene settings. Both of the composers was able to address a series of ideas base on love and conflict such as reckless, passionate, purity, tragic, and challenges. Shakespeare represents the idea of how holiness and passionate Romeo’s love for Juliet are, through the metaphor in the quote “My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand to smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.” The metaphor conveys the idea of Romeo’s lips acting as pilgrims, ready to kiss Juliet tenderly. Comparing…show more content…
Mercutio expresses his anger and resentment by cursing the two households that responsible for his tragic and agonising death. Using repetition which makes the quote become very powerful and somehow turn into a curse later. The foreshadowing technique was also applied when Mercutio was cursing both households, at the end of the play Romeo and Juliet both self-murdered. In the modern version, Luhrmann uses a variety of camera shots to emphasise Mercutio tragic death and his agonise expression. A close up shot of Mercutio wound to illustrate the idea of how it’s not a simple ‘scratch’ as Mercutio said, it was a deep wound with blood flooding out. However, Mercutio was still managing to joke around to hide the fact that he’s badly injured. Another close-up shot of Mercutio when he’s falling down on his knees and ready to succumb to his death. It illustrates the tragic idea of Mercutio have to give up his life for something that it wasn't related to
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