Romeo and Juliet: Compare and Contrast

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Act 2, Scene 5 - Juliet and the Nurse

"Sweet, sweet, sweet nurse, tell me, what says my love?" (RJ 2.5.55) In Zeffirelli's version of Romeo and Juliet, Act 2, Scene 5, Juliet seems bratty and impatient because the nurse fails to deliver the information about Romeo as soon as she walks through the door. Luhrmann made his version more modern, and makes the characters kinder to emphasize their relationship. These movies contain some similarities and differences; they both use some of the same lines, but portray the characters in diffrerent ways and the characters wear different types of costumes.

In both movies, Luhrmann and Zeffirelli use some of the same lines. "Your love says, like an honest gentleman, and a/ courteous, and kind, and a handsome; and, I warrant,/ a virtuous- Where is your mother?"(RJ 2.5.56-58) In both movies, the nurse changes the subjects three times before telling Juliet the news about the wedding. After the nurse asks her mother's whereabouts, she pouts in both movies. The nurse's living quarters favor in both movies. In Luhrmann's version, the modern version, the nurse lives in what looked like a basement, and in Zeffirelli's version, she lives in a one room shack. They favor, for they both contain a kitchen, bedroom, and sitting room.

The movies also differ in some ways. In the new version, Luhrmann omits Juliet's soliloquy. He does this to make the character seem nicer and to emphasize the relationship of Juliet and the nurse. Juliet helps the nurse and rubs her back to help emphasize their relationship also. The costumes that Luhrmann uses look more modern, for example, in this scene, Juliet wears jeans and a t-shirt. In Zeffirelli's version, Juliet says her soliloquy before the nurse comes in, and it makes her look bratty. Juliet touches the nurse roughly to make Juliet seem impatient. Zeffirelli used costumes from their time. "I am aweary, give me awhile./ Fie, how my bones ache! What a jaunt I have had!"(RJ 2.5.26-27) From the...
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