Internal Conflict Between Romeo And Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet, the original by Shakespeare and Romeo and Juliet, Luhrmann’s film both convey the idea about conflict. The contrasting ideas of

Both Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet and Luhrmann’s film Romeo and Juliet explore the idea of conflict. Although situated in the contrasting social and historical contexts of Elizabethan England and the corporate world of Verona Beach in Southern California in the 1990s, the two texts both represent internal and external conflict that conveys the feud between the two families, Montagues and Capulets. However, whereas Shakespeare’s original expresses conflict through dialogue and language techniques, Luhrmann’s film expresses conflict through cinematic techniques that visually allows the viewers
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In Luhrmann’s media of Romeo and Juliet he has enabled the audience to visually capture the internal conflict and external conflict through cinematic techniques. In the Scene of the Balcony Scene, Juliet is confused with Romeo being a Montague and as she speaks aloud to herself, Romeo is hearing the entire conversation. His facial expression as he hears her speak shows eagerness to know more and worry towards Juliet seeing his name as a threat. In Act 3 Scene 1, the fight scene, while Tybalt is outraged and insults Romeo, Romeo is hesitant, his tone is soft and calm and his eyes keep wandering, there are many close ups on his worried face as he listens. Luhrmann has also captured the external conflict to suit a contemporary audience by representing the two families as gangs. With Luhrmann including the gang culture he has intensified the value of the feud. Therefore, Luhrmann has represented the internal conflict within Romeo through cinematic…show more content…
Luhrmann focuses more on the relationship between Romeo and Juliet and the romance between the two “star-crossed lovers”. In the final scene, Romeo enters the vast cathedral, with many candles surrounding Juliet as she lies in the middle peacefully, the candles create a red, saddening atmosphere as Romeo gets closer. The vastness of the Cathedral represents loneliness and emptiness, the many candles give a saddening atmosphere that is dark and gloomy, the non-diegetic music as he enters makes the moment more intense and full of suspense. In the scene there are many close ups on Juliet and Romeo’s facial expressions as Romeo commits suicide next to Juliet, her cries of sadness echo. The room echoing shows loneliness and represents her internal thoughts, the close-ups allow the viewers to identify the internal confusion and conflict that is happening in the film. Therefore, Luhrmann has represented internal conflict in the final death scene through cinematic
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