City Of Angels Compared With Romeo And Juliet

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City of Angels Compared with Romeo and Juliet Love can be defined as a powerful emotion felt for another person, in deep affection devotion or sexual desire. But in the end is it really worth it? William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet is a perfect example of a love story, but unfortunately it comes with a tragic outcome. The film City of Angels compares with Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet for they have many similarities. Both the story and film follow the tragedy theme, two lovers go to great lengths to be with each other, and both have similar characters whose passion and love overcome their challenging problems.

In the movie City of Angels and the novel Romeo and Juliet both follow the tragedy theme. The only weakness in a human being is that of fear and mortality. Tragedy has at one time or another struck us all. In Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet two youths come together in holy matrimony only to be disappointed by the turn of events. The only way Romeo and Juliet thought that they could be together is for Romeo to leave and go to Mantua. While Romeo is away, Friar Laurence gives Juliet a potion to drink that will give her the appearance of death. This, in the end, leads to the conclusion of the plan of Romeo to rescue Juliet from the tomb and take her to Mantua with him.

"Romeo, I come. This do I drink to thee…" Juliet is certain of the fact that she and Romeo will, at last, be together forever. After Juliet drinks the potion she is considered dead. Romeo finds out about her apparent death and returns to her tomb. As a distraught lover, Romeo drinks poison in order to die rather than live with the tremendous pain, sorrow and grief of Juliet's untimely death. Moreover, Juliet is not actually dead but how was Romeo to know. Juliet then realizes that Romeo is dead and becomes disillusioned to what has happened. She then plunges a dagger into the center of her chest as a gesture to love. This shows Romeo and Juliet die for each other's love, to be with each other no matter if it's life or death. It is a true case of tragic irony in the film, City of Angels when Seth falls in love with Maggie. Finally, after overcoming one obstacle after the other, the two of them have one night of complete ecstasy. Just as everything seems to be perfect, Seth is enlightened about the mortality of his beloved Maggie when she is killed after being hit by a truck. Love in both instances led to tragedy for the characters.

In addition to tragedy, in both City of Angels and Romeo and Juliet they both show their love for each other. In any relationship there must be some sacrifices Seth, in the film City of Angels, is an angel who must give up his wings and immortality to become mortal and experience emotions and feelings. Love can make a man do irrational deeds but it's the greater power that they desire. Seth finally takes the plunge...

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