William Shakespeare 's The Tragedy Of Romeo And Juliet And Its Interpretation

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William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet and its interpretation by Baz Luhrmann.
By Madhav Mishra. A little over four centuries ago, William Shakespeare published the modern day classic Romeo and Juliet, a tragedy about two star-crossed lovers who marry each other against the will of their feuding families. Ever since its first performance, the play has spawned a number of interpretations and adaptations of the original. A recent noteworthy adaptation of the play by the well-known director Baz Luhrmann is Romeo + Juliet (1996) which takes the play, originally set in the middle ages, and adapts it into the 20th century. The movie retains much of the same dialogue, characters and plot of the original, albeit in a contemporary setting, but Baz Luhrmann extends on Shakespeare’s use of literary and stylistic techniques to adapt the play to a film better suited for modern audiences, keeping the same purpose of the original in the process. Despite that, the film stays faithful to the original play. However, between the play and the film adaptation, a difference in utilisation of religious imagery, motif of fate, characterisation of characters, portrayal of violence and dramatic tension can be seen. Having the liberty of cinematographic techniques, Luhrmann is able to further develop on Shakespeare’s use of religious imagery and the motif of fate, two of the major themes throughout the play, by using film techniques. Luhrmann depicts religious symbols in his film…

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