Different Interpretations of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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Different Interpretations of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

The Beatles wrote this in the 1960’s but they certainly were not the first to think it. Shakespeare’s tragedy “Romeo and Juliet” was based around this sentiment. It is a story of love, passion, romance, betrayal, life and of course, death.

In the late 1990’s Baz Luhrmann produced one of the most controversial interpretations of a Shakespeare play. He shot it in modern costume with modern settings, though he kept the original text. Using Verona Beach, Los Angles as his setting and Leonardo DiCaprio as his leading man, Luhrmann made it into a Hollywood movie and one of the biggest blockbuster hits of the 90’s.

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Her loyalties lie with her family.

In the first scene we meet her, she is with the nurse. The nurse and Juliet are firm friends, the nurse having had more input into Juliet’s upbringing than her mother Lady Capulet. The nurse is very crude and talks about an amusing incident that happened when Juliet was just two years old.

“ ‘Yea’, quoth my husband, ‘fall’st upon thy face

Thou wilt fall backward when thou comest of age,

Wilt thou not Jule?’ it stinted, and said ‘Aye’.”

She talks far too much repeating the story three times until Lady Capulet tells her to be quiet. Juliet is not yet fourteen but is called by her mother to talk about marriage. When asked for her view on it she replies in an obedient way.

“It is an honour that I dream not of.”

She regards marriage as sacred, something that she is not worthy of, suggesting that she might not be ready for it. The nurse wants the best for Juliet, as does Lady Capulet, they seem to decide Juliet’s fate with Paris for her. She is barely consulted in the conversation. In Zeffirrelli’s film Juliet sits quietly and patiently at the nurse’s side, laughing at some comments but generally being dutiful and sweet. The RSC production was much the same. Lady Capulet asks Juliet if she thinks well of Paris’s like of her. The reply follows,

“I’ll look to like if looking liking move.

But no more deep will I

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