Comparing the Original Script of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet with Baz Luhmann's Film Version

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Comparing the Original Script of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet with Baz Luhmann's Film Version

In this essay I aim to discuss, analyse and compare the original script of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Act One, scene five with Baz Luhrmann's 1997 film version of the same scene.

'Romeo and Juliet' is set in Verona, Italy, and is believed to have been written around the late sixteenth century. The timing and setting of the play would therefore suggest that costume, music and setting traditional to the time would be used.

On the other hand, Baz Luhrmann has taken a very different approach to the interpretation of the play. This version is made to appeal to the modern audience and
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The conversation held consists of two servants complaining about how little the others are doing to help them, Potpan in particular.

" SAMSPON : Where's Potpan, that he helps not to take away?

He shifts a trencher? He scrapes a trencher? "

Once the characters have established Potpan's whereabouts, Sampson, who is clearly in charge of the servants, gives them instructions as to what to do next, and sternly asks them why they are not helping where they are needed.

" SAMSPON: You are looked for, and called for, asked for and

sought for in the great chamber. "

Potpan's response to this is a jovial one. Showing perhaps his disregard for authority, and lack of respect for his job and those in a position above him.

" SAMSPON : We cannot be here and there too. Cheerly boys, be

brisk awhile, and the longer liver take all. "

Here Potpan is telling Sampson and Gregory (the other servants) to cheer up, and that he can not be in two places at once.

In Luhrmann's version of this scene this section is not shown. A possible reason for this is that it is not relevant to the scene ahead. That particular conversation has no effect on later events and therefore it is not necessary to include it. Also it probably would have distracted the viewers' attention,

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