Romeo and Juliet Research Paper
William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is now a major term of romantic tragedy over two feuding families between Capulet and Montague. Based on William Shakespeare’s work, there are two different versions of this story. While Franco Zeffirelli’s version conveys an old fashioned style of Romeo and Juliet, on the other hand, Baz Luhrmann’s version demonstrates a modernized version having characteristics of fancy clothes, loud music, and modern atmosphere. Comparing and contrasting these two versions, I prefer Baz Luhrmann’s version in the balcony scene, Act 2 Scene 2. In this scene, Romeo and Juliet get to know their feeling towards each other and make promise to marry. The review from Peter Travers says “These babes from the TV woods fill their classic roles with vital passion, speak the Elizabethan verse with unforced grace, find the spirited comedy of the play without losing its tragic fervor and keep their balance when the audacious Australian director Baz Luhrmann hurls them into a whirlwind of hardball action, rowdy humor and rapturous romance”, and I strongly agree with it.
A brief summary before scene 2 is that in the Verona city in Italy, Romeo is son of Montague and Juliet is daughter of Capulet. Montague and Capulet are the two conflicting families for a long time. However, Romeo and Juliet fall in love when they first met. In the scene two, it describes late night after the party in Capulet’s house, where Romeo and Juliet first met. After leaving the feast from the house, Romeo looks for Juliet instead of going home. He climbs up the Capulet’s houses wall and sneak out into their orchard. Even though his friends, Benvolio and Mercutio call him, expecting that he would not have gone far yet, Romeo does not answer to them. Romeo then just says, “He jests at scars that never felt a wound.” In other words, it is easy for someone to joke about scars if they’ve never been cut. This saying means that Romeo is...
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