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Shakespeare vs Zefferelli The works of Shakespeare are studied analyzed and enjoyed as some of the finest masterpieces of the English language It is no wonder that countless directors attempt to interpret Shakespeares ingenious works into movies Directors such as Zefferelli try to capture the essence of Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet onto the screen Though both versions relate in plot Zefferellis version contains the wedding scene while the original play does not Shakespeares original Romeo and Juliet efficiently induces the audience with the story without the help of the wedding scene used in Zefferellis version Without the wedding scene Shakespeares version of Romeo and Juliet sends the audience the image that the wedding was a secret and private The absence of the wedding further denotes the world where tangible problems erase from Romeo and Juliets minds Within their own world the two lovers do as they wish without the restrictions of the life that they live in In addition secluding the wedding from the view of the audience is considered normal due to the controversy of the catholic religion Shakespeare was aware that he needed money from his main customer protestant Queen Elizabeth I Money also came from the pockets of his audience who might have also been protestant Most importantly adding the wedding scene is unnecessary The beautiful language of Shakespeares original masterpiece is enough to stimulate the audiences mind to imagine the scene themselves Zefferellis choice to portray the wedding on film tricks the audience and portrays the wedding as a public event In reality the marriage of Romeo and Juliet was forbidden and kept a secret Allowing the audience to view the ceremony destroys Shakespeares purpose of revealing the secret wedding by not showing it Including this union erases the imaginary world Romeo and Juliet create as an escape from their lives of limitations Permitting the audience to witness the lovers world signifies that Romeo and Juliet have not fled reality
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