William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Luhrmann 's Version Of The Play

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How is Romeo presented in Shakespeare’s and Luhrmann’s version of the play?
During the course of Romeo and Juliet, Romeo’s character develops immensely. This is contrasted within Shakespeare’s play and Luhrmann’s film in numerous ways. Within the play, Romeo is first presented as a timid and reclusive gentleman, somewhat frustrated with his failed amorous endeavours. However, by the end of the play, he has evolved into someone who is so passionate about his significant other that he would then go on to kill himself for her. Comparisons can also be made with the film where he also initially is presented as a withdrawn individual and transforms into a character driven by his love.

In the first scene, Romeo is initially presented as a sad, melancholic young gentleman whose feelings of love aren’t reciprocated by Rosaline. This is evident in the play when his father claims that his “tears are augmenting to the fresh morning’s dew, adding to clouds more clouds with his deep sighs. Private in his chamber pens himself, shuts up his windows, locks fair daylight out. ” This quote illustrates that Romeo is so forlorn, he becomes anti-social and refuses to communicate with anyone. Shakespeare also uses pathetic fallacy to convey Romeo’s sadness due to the theatre at that time being limited in resources. This draws a parallel to how Luhrmann expresses Romeo’s misery, by having him sitting in solitude on a beach, with a cigarette, as the cigarette symbolises his nonchalance for his own…

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