Romeo and Juliet Film Scene Analysis

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Romeo and Juliet Film Scene Analysis Paper

All around the world people often refer to Romeo and Juliet as one of the most romantic love stories of all time. However, after reading the book, it’s obvious that there are many misconceptions about the story. In reality, it’s about a four-day relationship between a 17 year-old and a 13 year-old that results in six deaths. Yet there are still too many to count recreations of Romeo and Juliet. One may ask, why is that? It’s because it teaches such a great lesson. Not every teenage relationship will end in marriage or death, but it can end badly because of rash decisions made by the teenagers, who think they’re in love. This is what happens in Romeo and Juliet, which is why it’s such an interesting movie to make over and over again. Luhrmann emphasizes the theme found in Romeo and Juliet of young love leading to reckless decisions in the death scene of his 1996 version by excluding certain characters, using the motif of light/dark imagery, and having Romeo and Juliet talk before committing suicide.

To begin with, a change Luhrmann decided to make in the death scene of his version of Romeo and Juliet was that he would exclude all the characters mentioned in the book at the death scene. Originally in the book, Paris is outside the Capulet tomb, mourning Juliet’s “death”. Romeo comes along to kill himself, and ends up killing Paris. On his deathbed Paris says, “O, I am slain! If thou be merciful, /Open the tomb, lay me with Juliet.” (5.3.72-73). Although it’s sweet that Paris wants to be laid to rest next to Juliet, it isn’t necessary. It takes away the focus on Romeo and Juliet, and their situation. Romeo is about to go kill himself because he thinks his one true love has died, and there Paris is, proclaiming his love for Juliet. His words are just taking up room on the page. Also, at the end of the death scene in the book, the entire watchmen, Friar Lawrence, Lord Capulet, Lord Montague and the Prince are...
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