William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Essay

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William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Although William Shakespeare wrote the story of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in the 1500s, the themes depicted in the play had been around for centuries. It was a classic tragic love story. William Shakespeare needed his story to appeal and be accessible to as many people as possible. The main problem was that many people at the time could not read, therefore producing a book was pointless. So he decided to write the story of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ as a play that people could go and see at the theatre. The play was very successful and was shown at important theatres such as the Globe in London. Thousands saw it. In 1996 the film producer Baz Luhrman decided to make…show more content…
Luhrman knew that his film would probably attract good publicity because it was the remaking of one of the most successful Shakespeare plays. Critics and cinema audiences would be curious to see how the play was portrayed on the movie screen. ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is probably the most studied Shakespeare play at school and so most people would be familiar with the story line. Although both versions of Romeo and Juliet use language from the 16th century, the settings are very different. This is evident straight away in the film, as Baz Luhrman chooses to use a news reporter instead of a narrator. Also, whereas Shakespeare sets the scene by the narrator describing in detail the males in the two families, Luhrman shows this in a way a modern audience may find easier to understand, through their clothes. The Montague boys are betrayed in a comical way. They are wearing shorts and Hawaiian shirts and appear not to be very serious about anything. They don’t give the impression of being tough. The audience is introduced to the Capulet boys who are in complete contrast, being smart and well dressed. Their body language is a lot more intimidating. There is a scene that illustrates the culture of the time when it was considered cowardly not to want to get involved in fighting. The Montagues don’t want to show their fear and so end up
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