scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 1,001
Sex drugs and violence are usually a potent combination and only WilliamShakespeare could develop them into a masterful poetic and elegant story In the playThe Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet all these aspects of teenage life absorb the reader orwatcher It is understood that Hollywood would try to imitate this masterpiece on screenand it has done so in two films Franco Zeffirellis 1968 Romeo and Juliet and BazLuhrmanns 1996 William Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet The updated Luhrmannpicture best captures the essence of Shakespeare for the present-day viewer Through theingenious use of modernization and location while preserving Shakespearean languagethe spirit of Shakespeare emerges to captivate a large audienceShakespeares plays were designed to adapt to any audience with this in mind BazLuhrmann created a film that applies to the modern audience through this updating Luhrmann modernizes Romeo and Juliet through constant alterations of the propswhich entice the audience into genuinely feeling the spirit of Shakespeare First the moviestarts with an prologue masked as a news broadcast on television This sets the scene ofthe play by illustrating the violence occurring between the two wealthy families theMontagues and the Capulets In Zeffirellis film of Romeo and Juliet the prologue takesthe form of a dry narrator relating the story of the Montagues and Capulets over abackdrop of an Italian city For most modern viewers especially teenagers theLuhrmann picture is fast-paced keeping the spectator intrigued while the Zeffirelli pictureis dreary and dull an endless maze of long and boring conversations foreshadowed by theprologue In Luhrmanns film the actors instead of carrying swords with them hide gunsin their shirts and wield them expertly The death of Romeo and Juliet is as alwaysblamed on the post office for not delivering the letter properly And to be politicallycorrect Mercutio appears at the Capulets ball dressed as a large woman The actors inZeffirellis version of Shakespeare wear colored tights and bulging blouses thus theyappear more comical because they are outdated By modernizing these aspects of
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA