Comparing Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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Contemporary renditions of Romeo and Juliet in relation to Shakespearean tone When comparing the 1996 movie Romeo and Juliet and the 2013 movie, the 1996 movie is truer to the original Shakespearean tone. The 1996 movie is able to capture the comedic tone of the original play. The older movie also displayed the mood of different scenes better than the newer one. As well as mood, the 1996 version of Romeo and Juliet also displays the theme of fate being against the two lovers. Shakespeare originally meant for Romeo and Juliet to be a comedy, and the 2013 version of the play does not capture this aspect. The jokes that Shakespeare wrote in the play were not clear in the newer version. The 1996 version of Romeo and Juliet made the comedic aspect of the original play clearer and more defined. The actors carried bigger movements and spoke louder, which helped…show more content…
It seemed to carry similar moods throughout the entirety of the movie, even though the most important shift during the middle of the play. In the play, the first half of the play is supposed to be very uplifting. With jokes for the pit as well as young love, it is very happy. The second half of the play is meant to be the complete opposite. Like a downward spiral, everything Romeo and Juliet had going for them is taken away. The main shift in tone and mood takes place when Mercutio is slain by Tybalt. “A plague on both your houses... Your houses!” (III,1,ll101,102) In the 1996 adaptation the shift was made clear as soon as the line was said. The 2013 rendition was not so clear. People appeared to be strangely calm, while in the 1996 version, characters yelled and cried, and a storm even appeared. Characters were not the same afterwards. The 2013 adaptation had the characters acting extremely similar after the shift. The shift was properly portrayed in the 1996
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