Essay about An Analysis of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet

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An Analysis of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet

Baz Luhrmann’s William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet did not get a warm reception from the literary and film critics of today. Many feel that he cut out too much of the words which lessened the character development and original connotation that Shakespeare intended. Even worse, he compromised Shakespeare’s integrity by giving in to the demands of the American teen pop culture. These critics have a point. Luhrmann takes out anything that does not speak to the current audience. He understands that in his time, Shakespeare wrote his plays to entertain his audience, writing within the context of his culture and using “sexy and violent elements” with “boisterous comedy and
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Characters Shifting in Time: Paris

Luhrmann reshapes the characters in order to fit them into a modern day society while still keeping in line with Shakespeare’s original characterization. Shakespeare’s Paris is “a man of wax”(1.3.78) and he is a prime marriage partner in the old Capulet’s eyes. Capulet’s wife says that “Verona’s summer hath not such a flower”(Shakespeare 1.3.78-79). Luhrman takes this 17th century “man of wax,” places him in the late 20th century, and turns him into a stereotypical “all-American, clean cut hero of the modern age”(Hamilton 121). His hair and smile are perfect, and he is respectful and courteous of the older Capulets. Actually, he spends more time with Juliet’s parents than he does with her. Paris lives up to any parents’ expectations when he respectfully asks them if he can marry their only daughter. He has much to offer: prestige and a solid future for his family. At the Capulet’s party, he comes as an American astronaut. Being an astronaut ranks among one of the most idolized dreams for young children. He is the perfect male figure – one that any girl would dream to marry. Paris reminds us of the American classic TV show “Leave it to Beaver” from the 1950s where everything is perfect and smiles never cease. Like “Leave it to Beaver,” Paris does not show any sign of depth or deep emotion. His character development does not seem as

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