Romeo and Juliet Essay

Essay by desiresx3Junior High, 8th grade April 2008

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Two themes that are central to Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' are that of love and hate. These issues are explored in different manner by both Zeffirelli and Luhrmann according to each composer's different context and values. Explore and explain the differences in the presentation of these two themes.

The two themes which are central to William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is that of love and hate. These themes are explored in various interesting ways by both Zeffirelli and Luhrmann.

The first version was released by an Italian man named Zeffirelli in 1968. Zeffirelli wants to stay true to the plat and Shakespeare and therefore sets his movie in the medieval period, where men wear tights, women wear dresses and people use swords.

The second version was released in 1996 by Baz Luhrmann. Luhrmann modernized the play and was very indulgent in many scenes throughout the play. Luhrmann used guns, drugs and very interesting costumes.

Overall, Luhrmann focuses more on the violence aspect of the movie while Zeffirelli focuses more on the love aspect of the movie. This is because of the audience the two directors had different attitudes and values

In Luhrmann's version we see the hatred between the two families comes from a business and wealth controlling competition. The young audience Luhrmann is targeting the movie at will not understand the fight between the families unless there is a reason they can identify with, and so the hatred between the families turns into an ugly business competition. This is shown in the opening sequence with the two high-rise buildings with Capulet's and Montague's name, where we understand that these two are above everyone else and that they are conflicting only against one another. We see the anger, fury, intensity and hatred between the families is shown through the...