Comparison of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet with Baz Luhrmann’s Adaptation

In the play Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare a great deal of literal strategies are utilized to portray the theme of rivalry in act one scene one. This part of the play is adapted extremely well by Baz Luhrmann in his 1996 movie adjustment. Shakespeare shows a clear sign of rivalry right from the start to make us feel that it is a very important theme which affects the story a lot.

We can see from near the start of the script the Capulet’s hate for the Montague’s from “A pet dog of your house of Montague’s moves me” this line from Sampson shows his hatred for the Montague household, since this line reveals that even seeing a pet from the Montagues will make him mad.

Shakespeare utilizes this to reveal the amount of hate the households have for each other, because if Sampson snaps by some canines which cope with the Montague’s, then it shows how a lot more mad he would be if he saw a real Montague. Baz Luhrmann adapts this scene well utilizing various film techniques to adjust this.Act 1 scene 1 starts with this quote; this shows that Luhrmann has also shown rivalry from the start, due to the fact that the very first lines are revealing his anger for the Montagues. Luhrmann also makes Sampson shout it out from an automobile, revealing that the rivalry is so extreme that your house members are screaming to the general public about their anger for the opposing home. Luhrmann uses a low camera angle to reveal Sampson, this is utilized to make the audience think that he transcends over us and he is really strong, brave and intimidating.Luhrmann creates a bigger effect on the audience compared to Shakespeare, by making the theme of rivalry more noticeable and look more crucial to the storyline. This is done by the lines being shouted out loudly and right at the start.

Shakespeare reveals the rivalry of the two homes extremely well with Gregory and Sampson, and Abraham and Balthassar to show hatred between the two houses. As quickly as Abraham and Balthassar go into, Gregory says “Draw thy tool, here comes of your house of Montagues. This shows how fatal their rivalry was, due to the fact that they were combating with swords which could quickly eliminate someone is one slice, likewise we can see they are bitter competitors and only want to eliminate them or safeguard themselves, because without the opposing home stating even a word they are taking out their sword. Baz Luhrmann reveals the competition very well through visual methods of these 4 characters. Sampson and Gregory are revealed as white Americans with casual Hawaiian clothes, while Abraham and Balthassar are revealed as Spanish or Latin-American, and are wearing more formal looking clothing which shows a large contrast.Also even their things reveal they are competitors, such as their cars and truck number plates have either “MON” or “CAP” and their weapons have their house’s emblem on them. Baz Luhrmann also utilizes fast paced editing to change shots from one character to another revealing that the arguments were intense.

Overall Luhrmann produces a bigger result on the audience to reveal rivalry, because you can not see much contrast between the Montagues and Capulets in the script, while in the movie, the director has made visible visual contrasts, so the rivalry is clear.Two important characters which reveal the competition between the two houses in Romeo and Juliet are Benvolio and Tybalt. In Shakespeare’s original they are shown as really various and opposite, we can see this from “I do however keep the peace” and “… Peace? I dislike the word” this shows that they have total opposite views showing that they are competitors, since they don’t believe the very same and can never ever agree on something. Benvolio is attempting to bring peace, while Tybalt dislikes it and desires violence and bloodshed.

These two views are entirely various and reveals excellent versus wicked where neither excellent nor wicked can concur upon something.Baz Luhrmann reveals the contrast between the two characters well. When Tybalt goes into the scene the music all of a sudden stops and the characters freeze, then an extreme close up is revealed of Tybalt’s mouth, this is utilized to show that he is an extremely challenging character, due to the fact that the director develops the stress and then finally exposes Tybalt. We then see severe close up shots of the eyes of Benvolio and Tybalt, this makes it appear like a cowboy standoff, to reveal the hate in their eyes which they have for each other, this hate is mainly shown by Tybalt, with Benvolio looking anxious and worried after a while.This is another contrast, because Tybalt is positive and evil, while Benvolio is fretted, but trying to create peace between them, showing competition by contrast in ideas. The setting also adds to the rivalry, due to the fact that it is set in a gas station which might easily explode, revealing that Tybalt hates the Montagues so much that he would blow up a gas station simply to kill a Montague. Benvolio and Tybalt both produce a big feelingBoth Shakespeare and Luhrmann have actually done a wonderful job to convey the theme of rivalry to us the audience in act one scene one of Romeo and Juliet, with Shakespeare using various actual strategies and Luhrmann adapting these strategies into film strategies to emphasise this style.

They have actually made the characters show competition really clearly and visibly so that we notice this theme and know of its value.