Romeo and Juliet– Film and Text Analysis
In Romeo and Juliet, love is depicted in numerous methods. Both Luhrman and Shakespeare represent love in different methods different contexts to both the Elizabethan period and the contemporary audience. Both the original and later manifestations of the text are valued because they both communicate to the audience on the values of love and society by employing a variety of devices. < The main subject dealt within Romeo and Juliet is the subject of love. William Shakespeare and Baz Luhrman thus represent love to their audience beyond the unique concepts of love as simple beliefs.
In the play, there are 2 standard levels? the real life of Verona and the private, intimate sphere of Romeo and Juliet’s love.; br;; br; The fulfillment of Romeo and Juliet’s love in the social life of Verona is impeded by external influences; the most apparent of which is the fight between the Capulets and the Montagues. The “ancient animosity” is among many conditions and events, which together can be, considered an influence counter-acting the relationship between Romeo and Juliet. < In spite of the obvious obstacles of conflict and hate, the love of Romeo and Juliet is born and subsists.
When Romeo satisfies Juliet for the very first time during the Capulets’ banquet (I. v), the language and type of the discussion shared by Romeo and Juliet reveals that successor personal sphere is completely different from public life.; br;; br; Shakespeare hence presents their fist conversation through a sonnet, a poetic convention incredibly popular in the Elizabethan age. A sonnet’s expression of the lyrical “I” allows Shakespeare to break the limitations of dramatic performance and to include his audience mentally as if they were receivers to a poem.
This therefore suggests that Shakespeare represents Romeo and Juliet’s love by making the audience of the two various levels? one where all types of social order break down, and the other, where Romeo and Juliet are the centre of the universe.; br;; br; Luhrman also presents this concept of two opposing levels as a representation of love by means of the use of cinematic strategies. In the aquarium scene, video camera ranges vary from medium close-shot to close-up and back again. The idea of social and physical barriers exists by having the aquarium between the two of them, keeping them apart? hus picturing to the audience the opposing level of Romeo and Juliet’s love. When the 2 lovers kiss, the video cameras surround them, hence suggesting that Romeo and Juliet are at the centre of their own universe, in total disregard or lack of awareness of the social chaos (as recommended by the blurred images) around them. < The language of Shakespeare also assists to develop this intimate and various sphere of love. When Romeo captures the sight of Juliet, he envisions "touching her, make blessed my rude hand".
To “touch her hand” is a linguistic representation of touch, a tactile indication. In the pilgrim sonnet, the focus of attention is touch, by semantic methods. The words “hands” and “lips” appear four times each, “kiss” and “touch” twice each, and besides which, there are expressions with physical implications like “tender”, “mannerly” and “palm”. This is also mentioned by Luhrman for the cams keep surrounding them, focusing on her hands on his back and vice versa, hence presenting to the audience the physicality of their love. When Romeo and Juliet first together in a sonnet, its syntactical structure and semantic means develop an intimate sphere of love, whereby which the private psychological experiences of the lovers in intently explored in isolation and in relation to the concepts of love, destiny and death. However, while Shakespeare indicates as to the physicality of their love, Luhrman shows it (the touching)? not only to show what Shakespeare was suggesting), however likewise to meet the expectations of a contemporary audience which prefers action to implication. In the sonnet, Romeo and Juliet take it in turns to speak the lines. This shows how in tune they are with each other, much as Romeo and Mercutio’s sharing of lines in Act 1, scene 4 reflects their great relationship. This likewise reveals to the audience a compassion that the two “star-crossed” lovers were made fore each other. Luhrman accomplishes this by means of using smitten, yearning looks, the close-up shots, and the music of Des’ree (Kissing You). < Through Scene 5, Romeo continues to show himself as a helpless romantic besotted with gorgeous girls.
His language suggests that he considers love and commitment in regards to sight: “Did my heart love till now? Forswear it sight! For I ne’er saw real appeal till this night”, as he says at his first glimpse of Juliet. This statement remembers Scene 2, in which he mentioned” the devout religion of mine eye” and said that if his eyes were heretical sufficient o consider another lady more beautiful than his Rosaline, his tears would turn to fire and burn at stake. Nevertheless, as soon as he lays his eyes on Juliet, his dedication to the obviously less stunning Rosaline vanishes? nd a new religious beliefs is discovered for Romeo. Luhrman supplements this image by revealing Romeo and Juliet as innocent, stunning and youthful. This is attained by the constant focus of the cameras on the freshness of their skin, the shimmering eyes, flushed cheeks and pink lips in addition to the words of Shakespeare. < This image is employed because a modern, youthful audience is more likely to be drawn in to viewing a motion picture starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Claire Danes due to the fact that they can easily relate to them. The message behind the text is also supplemented by the costumes.
In this scene, Romeo is dressed as a knight and Juliet as an angel. This visualizes what Shakespeare is suggesting– that Romeo sees himself as a knight in shining armour, which in the meantime, Juliet is his pedestal for excellence. Not only does this attract a contemporary audience (brought in to the concept of Leonardo Di Caprio dressed as a knight and Claire Danes as an angel), but it also shows an older audience the irony of Shakespeare’s ramifications by elaborating it into images, supplemented by outfits, lighting and music. lt; br> In Romeo and Juliet, the spoken word gets more attention than in any other film, due mostly to the truth that the movie keeps to the initial text, dated 1597. This produces a result of alienation and contributes to the? other-world’ environment of Verona Beach. Another type of sound utilized by Luhrman in the film is music. Music is even more direct than images, and therefore contributes to the atmosphere of the film in a significant way.
By using the music of young, new artists, the movie gets its nineties, film status, thus making it interesting a larger scale of audience. Music in this movie is used to support the images? such as Des’ree’s Kissing You, which is used to supplement the lover’s very first kiss. It is likewise used to unify images. For instance, Kym Mazelle’s Young Hearts Run Free is paradoxical to the impending remarkable stress (when Romeo and Juliet fall in love) along with in contrast to the love tune that is to follow. < Another representation of love in the play is light.
When Romeo initially sees Juliet, he compares her immediately to the dazzling light of the torches and tapers that illuminate the Capulets’ fantastic hall: “O, she doth teach the torches to burn intense!” (I. V. 46), whereby which Juliet is the light that releases him from his perpetual melancholia. In his contemporised version, Luhrman utilizes the blue colours reflecting form the aquarium as his source of light. Not only does this make the setting romantic, but also makes it more attractive to a modern audience. In his play, Shakespeare represents the love of Romeo and Juliet as a religion. This is evident in the spiritual imagery utilized in the sonnet, whereby which Romeo’s feelings for Juliet is compared to that of a religion where Juliet’s hand is the “holy shrine” and his own lips “2 blushing pilgrims”. When the tow enthusiasts kiss in the movie, Luhrman utilizes music to produce an intimate, romantic atmosphere for the audience. However, the words of Des’ree’s Kissing You are a slow and harmonic? nearly lethargically, and spiritual and holy.
This remains in contrast to the blurred images of individuals drinking and utilizing drugs in the background, and again the music produces a sensation of alienation where Romeo and Juliet are at the centre of their own universe. < Luhrman therefore utilizes the strategy of? mis en scene' to portray the religion of love as well as to the innocence and youth of the two fans. Religion was hence represented by the holy music, the cross around Juliet's neck, her costume? and all supplemented by Shakespeare's religious images. Luhrman likewise utilizes appeal to sell the film to the audience by making them aware of the purity of Juliet.
This appears to her long hair, her white costume, the cross around her neck in addition to the innocence and youthfulness of her character. < Another method utilized by Luhrman in his movie is the iterative concept of water. The fish tank acts as a physical barrier in between the two enthusiasts, although there are likewise a great deal of psychological barriers. Moreover, love also functions as a sign of their love. Despite the fact that Romeo is stunned from the XTC tablet and his infatuation with Rosaline, it is the water that purifies and cleans his mind? nd it the totally free, streaming nature of water that Luhrman uses as a representation of love. <
It is therefore plausible to see that Luhrman portrays Romeo and Juliet as an allegory for the late 20th century, where Verona Beach is a caricature of the violent environment of our time along with acting as a representation of love and conflict. The major difference nevertheless between Shakespeare and Luhrman’s representation is that 100 years ago, violence and hedonism was a fashion stage, whereas today it belongs of our society. Due to the lack of innovation in society in the 19th century, the art of plays, and the conventions of the Elizabethan theatre had more concentrate on the words with minimal costuming and cinematic techniques. Yet among other things, the art of theatre is or was a reflection on society, and Luhrman criticizes the present time by setting Shakespeare’s tale in another time, with the very same disaster of death. Hence both Shakespeare and Luhrman portray dispute and the representations of love in 2 different levels? two various levels that form and shows the values of both the Elizabethan and contemporary society.