Film Adaptation Of William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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William Shakespeare 's tragic love story Romeo and Juliet has had many different film adaptations over the years, the most popular one being Baz Luhrmann 's modernised version, released in 1996 starring Leonardo Dicaprio and Claire Danes. The latest adaptation of the classic Shakespearean love story to be released is Carlo Carlei’s version starring Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld, which uses a traditional setting for the story. It is clear that despite the fact that Carlei’s adaptation of Romeo and Juliet was set during the same time period as the original text, Luhrmann 's version adheres closer to Shakespeare 's play with its use of setting, characterisation, tone and links to Shakespeare 's original text.

Shakespeare 's choice of setting
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Shakespeare 's intended characterisation of both Romeo and Juliet is that they are both passionate lovers. Luhrmann used the attire of the characters to position the audience 's view of the characters. This can be seen through the ball scene at the Capulet 's house which Romeo attends. During this scene, Romeo is wearing a knight 's outfit which automatically casts him as the stereotypical hero, or errant knight, archetype. This is in immediate contrast to Tybalt who is wearing a devil 's costume, positioning the audience to see him as the villain and the cause of conflict. Juliet is wearing an angel costume implying that despite the fact she is a Capulet like her cousin, she is not violent but rather pure and innocent. Luhrmann utilizes these costumes to portray the characters in the way that Shakespeare intended. However in Carlei 's adaptation, although the character’s attire is realistic to the time period, fails to project the view of the characters that Shakespeare was intending on, therefore leaving the audience to base their view of the characters in only their actions and …show more content…
Luhrmann 's use of Verona beach as a setting for the film adheres more closer to Shakespeare 's original tone and setting as his choice of exotic location is able maintain the violent yet passionate tones that Shakespeare intended the setting of Verona to convey. Unlike Carlei’s version which use of a more traditional setting of Verona is unable to project the tones of the play that Shakespeare intended on. The characters in the 1996 adaptation of the play also adhere more closely to Shakespeare 's characterisation from the original text as can be seen during the Capulet 's party scene where by depicting Romeo as the hero and Juliet as innocent and pure compared to Tybalt 's characterisation as dastardly and evil, Luhrmann is able to adhere to Shakespeare 's original characterization. Unlike Carlei’s adaptation of the play where the characterisation of the characters is not as easily depicted as in scenes such as the Capulet’s party all of the characters are seen to be wearing similar attire making it harder to convey Shakespeare’s original characterisation to the audience. Luhrmann’s version is also able to adhere closer to Shakespeare 's original text as although some lines are swapped around the whole dialogue of the original text is

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