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How Do Baz Luhrmann And Shakespeare Engage The Audience And Set Up The Themes Of "Romeo And Juliet" In The Opening Scenes?

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"Romeo and Juliet" is one of the most romantic tragedies ever written. Inspired by Arthur Brooke's narrative poem "The Tragicall Historye of Romeus and Juliet", which was published in 1562 just fewer than thirty years before Shakespeare transformed this famous story into a dramatic piece of theatre. Two star-crossed lovers, in love but against the ethics of both their rivalling families.Shakespeare's play is set in around the 1300's in Verona, Italy, Adhering to the concept that conflict is the essence of drama, two rivalling families disturb the peace of exotic Verona. Five days is all it takes for these two lovers to fall madly in love, then, realising their relationship is forbidden, they take their lives in a dramatic and tragic series of events.Shakespeare was running one theatre company, which was open to, most often, rich theatre going Londoners. He had to look at the resources he had and the class of people. Shakespeare had an easier job to do than Luhrmann. Luhrmann had to look at pleasing millions of people all around the world, each with their own beliefs and religions, each being of a different race. Which would mean having to centre his movie/production on a wide range of people. Shakespeare just had to accommodate one race, one religion, and one belief.Luhrmann's movie version of Romeo and Juliet is set in a modern, lively and exciting city. On the fictional Verona Beach, the story is essentially the same, except the appeal to the audience is different because huge movie stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes play the two main characters, Romeo and Juliet. The film comes with the memorable, Shakespearian inspired tagline "My only love sprung from my only hate" which gives us an idea of some of the key themes of the play.The two settings of these two versions are both similar in one way. They are both exotic, vibrant locations each of their own time. The reasoning around Shakespeare choosing to set his play in Verona, Italy is that Mediterranean destinations are often a lot more exotic than a beach town in England.The tragedy of these two star-crossed lovers is summed up in the prologue: "Two households, both alike in dignity" tells us that both of the two families are of the same class. "In fair Verona (where we lay our scene)" (line 2) Shakespeare is conveying to the Elizabethan audience, that by choosing Verona as the setting, that they should imagine a hot and violent, out of the ordinary place, unlike England. "From ancient grudge, break to new mutiny" (Line 3) explicitly states to the audience the feuding background of the two families; there has been violence and we are to expect more violence in the future. Romeo and Juliet can be encapsulated in one line: "a pair of star-crossed lovers take their life" (line 6 Page 3), reinforcing two major themes of the play, love and violence. "And the continuance of their parents rage, which but their children's end nought could remove" (line 10 and 11), suggests that even with...

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