Essay about William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet

1263 Words Sep 8th, 2015 6 Pages
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 for the original text is the Italian city of Verona. Shakespeare chose this setting due to it’s supposed exotic and passionate nature. This setting allowed Shakespeare to convey both the violent and passionate tones necessary for the tragic love story that is Romeo and Juliet. Luhrman 's adaptation of the play is set in modern day Verona Beach. Verona Beach appears to be a decadent city accompanied by its run down amusement park on the beach and litter filled streets. All of these aspects of the settings help to showcase the passion and violence of the play as the dingy setting makes it appear that anything could happen. In comparison Carlei 's version of the play was set in the same era as the original text was but is not able to…

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