A Compare and Contrast Essay on Apocalypse Now and Heart of Darkness

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Romeo and Juliet

Films are made with the directors different personal opinions based

on the original screenplay. For the movie version of Romeo + Juliet (1996),

the quote above illustrates this perfectly. For this essay, I will discuss

contrasts between the original screenplay, and the film. I will be

discussing plot changes to adapt to the movie's visual capabilities,

changes to the time-frame of the script, and plot changes to different

relationships between characters.

First, I will discuss with you the plot changes to adapt to the

movie's visual capabilities. If we were just to read this book, the only

visual pictures we would see would be in our minds; but since we went to

see the movie, the director had to adapt some of the plot to have viewers

experience the screenplay visually. One such example of plot adaptations

is when, in the screenplay, Tybalt recognizes Romeo's voice at the Capulet

masque. When Tybalt hears him, he becomes enraged. This is not so for the

film. Romeo takes off his masque at the fountain and forgets it there. He

returns to the masque and that is when Tybalt recognizes his face. However,

the result is the same, Tybalt becomes enraged and vows to extract his

revenge on Romeo since Old Capulet said for him to leave Romeo alone.

Secondly, I will illustrate you some changed to the time-frame of

the plot. This is one of the easier comparisons since you can tell if

parts of the plot have been rearranged. An example of a change to the plot

is when (in the book) Romeo first meets Juliet. Romeo says about fifty

words to Juliet and kisses her. While she is being kissed, the Nurse calls

her away because her mother wishes to see her. In the movie, Juliet is

called away even before Romeo talks to her. Juliet is called away to dance

with Paris, but when the dance ends and Paris is watching the...
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