Romeo And Juliet Movie Vs Play

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“For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”, is a line that was very important to the history of literature. It tells of the inevitable fate of two star-crossed lovers that were bound to death because of each other. There have been many movies and plays preformed with this story line, but two in particular are the Baz Luhrmann film and the original play’s text. Both the Baz Luhrmann film and William Shakespeare’s play of Romeo and Juliet may be compared by focusing on the following scenes: the party scene, balcony scene, fight and death scene of Tybalt and Mercutio, and the suicide scene. In the party scene in the movie the setting is at the Capulet masquerade party, but in the play the party takes place at the…show more content…
The movie shows Romeo coming into Juliet’s tomb. When he is there, Juliet starts to wake up. Romeo drinks the poison. She touches his faces and watches her true love die in her arms. She then takes his gun and shoots herself. This scene in the movie is very different from the play. The first reason is because Paris is there when Romeo gets to the tomb. Romeo kills Paris. Also, in the play Romeo dies before Juliet awakens from the coma. When she does awake, Friar Lawrence is there to get her because the police are coming. Instead Juliet sees Romeo and stabs herself. The movie suicide scene is missing Friar Lawrence and Paris. Both in the play and movie the main point is that Romeo and Juliet die because they think the one another is dead. The movie is missing minor pieces and has a more brutal…show more content…
The movie ties in more brutality and violence to appeal to a modern audience that demands intense appeal to the senses. The play uses the simplicity of setting elements such as the balcony and common acting techniques to communicate Shakespear’s original message. Given the time period of the text, Shakepear’s use of these strategies are as modern as those unique techniques used in the movie. The movie and the play attract their audiences based on what appeals to them. Most importantly, both deliver the message to the audience that “For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her
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