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Romeo and Juliet Essay

  • Submitted by: Steph19
  • on August 3, 2015
  • Category: Shakespeare
  • Length: 989 words

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Romeo & Juliet
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare is about a long feud between the Montague and Capulet families which disrupts the city of Verona and causes tragic results for Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is as much about conflict as it is about love. This is shown throughout the course of the film. There are two scenes which effectively show this conflict clearly, one of them is the brawl between the Capulets and Montagues, and the second scene when Juliet shows her internal conflict on the balcony. Both two different films, the first by Franco Zeffereli (1968) and the other by Baz Lurhmann (1996). Zeffereli’s and Lurhmann’s versions are both different as Lurhmann’s is a modernised version, example instead of a sword like in Zeffereli’s film a gun is used. Zeffereli’s version is structured more around the time and theme of the play. Even though they are two different versions they both use the original dialogue.

The scene Act 1, scene I, clearly shows how Romeo and Juliet is as much about conflict as it is about love. The two feuding families have such burning hatred for one another and it is getting in the way of Romeo and Juliet’s love for each other. It started out with a brawl on the streets of Verona between servants of the Montague and Caplet households. While attempting to stop the fight, Benvolio (Romeo's cousin) is drawn into the fray by Tybalt, kinsman of the Capulets. The fight rapidly escalates as more citizens become involved and soon the heads of both households appear on the scene.   Some of the techniques present in the scene is symbolism because on the guns they were using had their house crests imprinted and also on the car plates they had the names of the households. Simile, and hyperbole is also used in the line where Tybalt says, “Peace? Peace. I hate the word, as I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee. This strongly shows conflict due to the massive brawl that happened and how it showed the hatred between the...

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