Romeo And Juliet Vs Zeffirelli

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William Shakespeare was known as the greatest writer of the English language and has written many famous plays such as Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Othello. In Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, there are many similarities which exist between the Zeffirelli and Luhrmann’s version. As evident in the opening, balcony and the fighting scene. The Zeffirelli and Luhrmann’s version are similar because they both consist of a lot of action within the opening scene. For instance, the Zeffirelli’s version takes place in a marketplace where there are numerous people and animals. Similarly, in the Luhrmann’s version, the action begins with glimpses of the city where billboards can be seen in addition to cars and people. This goes to show that both…show more content…
Such as, in the Zeffirelli’s version, Romeo and Juliet are on the balcony when a rooster crows to signify it is morning. Similarly, in Luhrmann’s version Romeo is hiding behind Juliet when an owl hoots to represent time. Therefore, the Zeffirelli and Luhrmann’s version are similar because the balcony scene includes animal noises to represent time. Ordinarily, we know roosters crow in the early morning to signify it is time to wake up and the sun is about to rise. Just like that, Owls hoot at night because that’s when they are awake and to show it is a late night. This goes to show that in the Zeffirelli’s version, Romeo needs to leave because a rooster is crowing to signify the sun is about to set so he doesn’t get caught by someone. Similarly, in Luhrmann’s version an owl hoots to signify night and that Romeo needs to leave because he might get caught by the security. Not only is the balcony scene similar in both the Zeffirelli and Luhrmann’s version of Romeo and Juliet because they both include animal noises to represent time but also, both the Zeffirelli and Luhrmann’s version of Romeo and Juliet are similar because they both include the colour of Juliet’s dress (white) to show her innocence and purity. For instance, In Zeffirelli’s version, Juliet is shown wearing a white dress. Similarly, in Luhrmann’s version, Juliet is also shown wearing a white dress. Henceforth, this goes to show that Juliet is wearing a white dress in both the Zeffirelli and Luhrmann’s version to show her innocence and purity. In colour phycology, the colour white is considered as innocence and purity. In the Christian culture, we wear white robes to purify and baptise ourselves, just like that, Juliet is shown as having a clean conscience. Therefore, in both the versions, Franco Zeffirelli and Baz Luhrmann shows Juliet’s innocence and purity by making her

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