Romeo + Juliet Essay

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The Lovers’ Inevitable Death Luhrmann gives the impression of the lovers’ enviable death. He adds pressure to the character and makes it obvious of their deaths. The following will examine Luhrmann’s Film Romeo + Juliet in contrast of William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet. Remeo, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, and Juliet, played by Claire Danes, are predicted to die in Shakespeare’s play. Luhrmann exaggerates this probability using astrology, Providence, and fortune. The Prologue is evident of the foreshadowing of the young lovers deaths. Luhrmann uses a news reporter to replace the Chorus in the original play by Shakespeare. The reporter is telling the traumatic story of Romeo and Juliet and gives the audience the first clue to the inevitable death of the young lovers; “ From forth the fatal lions of these two foes. A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life.” Much later on in the movie, at the Capulet ball, Romeo and Juliet mention the consequences in the stars. They go on say that they will die if they are not with each other. The crossing stars only meet at one point and only one point. After, that intersection the stars will never intersect again. If this is the case, they will die because they refuse to live without each other. Shakespeare uses the astrology as a symbol of their inevitable death. The director of the Movie Romeo + Juliet, uses a fast paced effect during the scene without Romeo’s and Juliet’s Romance. The first act, the fight between the Montagues and Capulets is speedy. Unlike the original play written by Shakespeare, the weapons for the fights are guns, not swords. This may indicate that the director wanted the scenes without romance to be at a quicker pace; guns can kill faster and at a greater distance. The guns can be a symbol of the death of Romeo and Juliet to be quick and inevitable. The fights scenes are not the only

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