Romeo And Juliet Act 2 Scene 2 Analysis

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Romeo and Juliet Act 2 Scene 2 Comparison There are millions of different well-known plays around the world, some of these plays have been performed multiple times over and over again. Even though these plays are repeatedly performed, every time there is a difference, every time something has changed. Directors have this power and ability, to be able to change how a character appears, or the point of view, or even just the facial expressions of the character. All of these little differences affect the play and make it seem brand new every single time. This will be shown through the comparison of two different Romeo and Juliet production of Act 2 Scene 2, the balcony scene. One of the productions is by Franco Zeffirelli and the other by Baz…show more content…
Sometimes what makes a scene work can be fully tied to its setting and props. With a setting that is realistic and well thought, you can truly tie a scene together. In the Franco Zeffirelli version of the play, we can notice that the setting is around the Capulet mansion, by Juliet’s balcony. Romeo is below hiding in the bushes. The leaves of the bushes and how Romeo is below them, show us how he is hiding and can’t be seen by anyone, the night sky and how dark it is in this scene also hide Romeo. Juliet is sitting on the ledge of her balcony. In this production, the balcony is made quite wide, so in the scene, Juliet can walk along the entire balcony before Romeo speaks. This also gives her enough space to run away when she is scared by Romeo’s voice. The plot is not affected too much by these choices, other than being able to have Juliet almost run away from Romeo. Through these setting options that Franco Zeffirelli took during his production, we have a medieval time period impression and a more original approach. However, the design of the Baz Luhrmann scene was more impactful to the viewer as it included a variety of different changes compared to numerous other adaptations. In this production, everything is much more modern. The props, actions, and overall production. In this particular scene, Romeo can be seen hiding, but this time it is behind a statue where he could be seen ever so clearly making the…show more content…
Actors have exceptionally important jobs, they are given a role, a personality, and they must bring it to life. Facial expressions are one of the best ways to communicate emotions to the viewers, for them to understand what is happening. For example, in the production Franco Zeffirelli directed, the scene starts with a close up on Juliet’s face. You can detect through how mellow she is acting and through her love filled eyes that she is thinking about Romeo and how she feels love connected to him. She is remarkably joyous and even laughing at parts to show the viewer how blissful she is because of meeting Romeo. Then the camera spans off towards Romeo and we can notice he is euphoric that his love feels the same about him. He is smiling at Juliet with love and through his facial expression showing this to the viewers. This shows us how the actors and director of this production wanted the viewers to think about what Romeo and Juliet were feeling. The Baz Luhrmann version, however, didn’t start with Juliet’s face in the scene, but Romeo’s, and it wasn’t as satisfied, Romeo was scared. In the scene because of Romeo’s body language and how he is hiding, and with his fearful face, we can perceive that Romeo is trying to desperately stay hidden. Then Juliet enters and Romeo’s eyes widen, which compels the viewers focus. We can’t spot Juliet’s face quite clearly at the beginning of the

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