Romeo and Juliet Essay

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Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s most successful play; based on love, rivalry and tragedy was modernized into a film directed by Baz Luhrmann. The traditional script written by William Shakespeare him self has remained the same in the modern day appropriation, however drastic changes were made to the setting, characters and context to make it more relevant and understandable for today’s society. The Prologue, The Fight Scene, and the Death of Mercutio and Tybalt are three vital scenes that show contrast between traditional and modern day times. The prologue provides a strong introduction to Shakespeare’s play “Romeo and Juliet” spoken by a single character. Through the use of poetic deceives, Shakespeare has created rhythm. In old times, the globe theatre was quite noisy, and the prologue notified everyone that the play was starting. Straight away the prologue draws you into the main themes of the play being love, (“star-crossed lovers”) fighting (“mutiny”, “grudge”, “death”, “rage”) and pairs (“two households”, “two foes”, “parents”, “two hours”, “pair”). An important phrase in line six “A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life”, gives us an understanding that unfortunately the children of these enemies fall in love and their death as a result puts an end to their parents feud. The repetition of civil in line four is an adjective, which drags our attention to it. In line 5 alliteration is used “from fourth the fatal lions of these two foes”. “Fatal lions” represent sexual organs and young lovers. The audience is forced to question the enjambment “foes” in line five that shifts to “A pair” in line six. It causes the audience so consider the impact of conflict and rivalry between the “foes.” The last two lines of the prologue suggest that in the next two hours, any questions will be answered, yet more will be revealed. Using the same lines used in

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