Explore the Ways in Which Romeo and Juliet Are Presented in Act 1 Scene 5 and Elsewhere in the Shakespeare’s Play, and in the Performed Version(S)

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Explore the ways in which Romeo and Juliet are presented in Act 1 Scene 5 and elsewhere in the Shakespeare’s play, and in the performed version(s) In this essay I will consider the ways in which Romeo and Juliet are being presented by William Shakespeare and Baz Luhrmann. The essay will compare the ways in which Romeo and Juliet are presented in the 1996 film directed by Baz Luhrmann and the original Shakespearean version of the Romeo and Juliet play written in 1595. Shakespeare presents Juliet as heavenly, when Romeo first catches a glimpse of Juliet; ‘O doth teach the torches to burn bright!’ Romeo describes Juliet as a torch, and that she teaches other ‘torches to burn bright’. The word ‘torch’ connotes brightness and light which are connotations of heaven. This suggests that Juliet’s beauty is heavenly. Romeo also suggests that Juliet’s beauty shines brighter than any other woman’s beauty. Likewise, Luhrmann also portrays Juliet as heavenly through his use of costume and make-up. Juliet is dressed in an archaic costume of an angel. She is wearing a bright white dress with wings which suggests that she is an angel from heaven. Luhrmann’s close up emphasises that Juliet doesn’t have any make-up on which suggests that Juliet is pure, and therefore angelic and heavenly. Alternatively, Shakespeare chooses to present Romeo as desperate, as his love jumps from one person to another; ‘Did my heart love till now?’ Romeo is portrayed as desperate, as he dumps his love for Rosaline, for Juliet, even though he has only caught a glimpse of her. In Act 1, Scene 1, Romeo describes his love for Rosaline using an Oxymoron ‘cold fire’, this suggests that Romeo is still in love for Rosaline but he is cold inside because he knows she can’t love him. When Romeo is at the masked ball, his love for Rosaline seems to disappear, and jumps straight onto Juliet. Similarly,
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