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Romeo And Juliet: Movie Vs. Play

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Of all the treasures in the world, true love is of the most valued. They say that when you are truly in love, the universe around you simply stops, and no one else matters except you and your love. Love has the mesmerizing beauty of a stunning red rose, but it also has spiteful thorns surrounding it. But between friends and family, love can quickly go from black and white to shades of grey and can become fatal and suspenseful.

William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, portrays how an attraction between two strangers can also attract stupefying danger. With selfishness and greed love can turn sour and stray from its original, adoring passion. Love is as unpredictable as the raging sea beneath the silver moonÐ''s delicate rays. In an incredulous effort to portray the anguish and love in Romeo and Juliet's tragic fairy-tale moves onscreen capturing the hearts and minds of millions.

In both the movie and the play, Romeo and Juliet were called star-crossed lovers, meaning their fate lead them together, and neared them to their tragic demise. The movie had shown their first encounter as a magical affair where enchanted music played in their ears and the two fell deeply in love with one another. Seconds earlier, Romeo had also been deeply in love with another woman, Rosaline Capulet. Romeo had described young Rosaline as a beautiful young lady, who had rejected him and swore to remain chaste for the rest of her life, which had devastated him. But from the moment he laid eyes on his darling Juliet, Rosaline did not seem to exist any longer.


Oh, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!

It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night

Like a rich jewel in an Ethiope's ear,

Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear.

So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows

As yonder lady o'er her fellows shows.

The measure done, I'll watch her place of stand,

And, touching hers, make blessÐ"Ёd my rude hand.

Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight!

For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night."

(Shakespeare, 60)

The play had created a more hastened and passionate encounter, based on beauty and charm. Romeo and Juliet seemed quite nonchalant in both the movie and play begin to comprehend the reality of who the other is. But Juliet in the beginning of act two, scene two, Juliet conceals her frustrations from the nurse and proves how her father's feud with Montague has brought her to hate those who she had never met.


My only love sprung from my only hate!

Too early seen unknown, and known too late!

Prodigious birth of love it is to me,

That I must love a loathed enemy."

(Shakespeare, 70)

As he creeps out from hiding (in the movie) a frightened Juliet screams and falls into a pool, whereas in the play, it seemed like she had only slightly jerked forward because she was startled by his sudden appearance. Romeo and Juliet's relationship was based on infatuation since the moment they met.



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