Romeo And Juliet: Comparing The Book And Movie

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Most movies or plays that are based off of books have numerous differences between them whether it’s a complete scene or just a line here and there. Romeo and Juliet has several play and movie versions that have many similarities and differences. The 1968 movie, Romeo and Juliet, directed by Zeffirelli, better portrayed the character traits of the nurse, Juliet, and Romeo than the play by the Michigan Shakespeare Company. In the book there are traits that stand out for each of these characters and they were all easy to see in the movie but not as well in the play. In the book, we see that Juliet is a young and confused teenage girl that is always stricken with tragedy. This trait is better depicted in the movie because Juliet is always crying in agony and seems to always be miserable unless she is with Romeo. The play does not show this big part of her as well. In the play she is always giggling and seems like a generally happy person. In act III, scene II, Juliet says, “O, break, my heart! poor bankrout, break at once! To prison, eyes; ne’er look on…show more content…
This is shown because he always falls madly in love with all the girls he’s with. At his first sight or Juliet, Romeo says, “O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright! It seems she hangs upon the creek of night like a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear - beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear!” In this moment he completely forgets about the so-called love of his life and falls madly in love with Juliet. In the movie everything around Romeo seems to freeze and it is just the two of them. This makes it more dramatic and shows the passion that Romeo is feeling. This is not shown as well in the play because it seems like just another scene. It needed to stand out more in order to get the point of Romeo’s feelings across to the audience. He might say the same lines in both the movie and the play but his emotions are very

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