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The Differences Between The  Play and The Film of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

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The Differences Between The Play and The Film of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
 
 
Often times people say that William Shakespeare was and still is a legend.  They

are correct.  It is amazing how Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet written

centuries ago can be better than Franco Zefferelli's movie production of Romeo

and Juliet, which had much better technology to work with only decades ago.

Although the movie appeared better, it left out some major parts.  The play had

better mood and plot details which made it much more dramatic and by far a

better presentation.

 

One major difference between the play and the movie occurs in mood.  An example

of this is the marriage scene.  In the marriage scene of the play, Romeo and

Juliet act very serious.  The reader can tell this by the way the two speak.

Romeo says that the Holy Words the Friar speaks can make something without an

equal (Act II, Scene 6, Line 4) which is a very intelligent thing to say.

Whereas, in the movie they kiss and giggle the entire time.  This leads the

viewer to believe that Franco Zefferelli wanted the two to look like fools, that

they could not do anything the way it is normally done because they are children

in search of quick love.  This is bad because it is not very realistic.  In

real-life, young adults would take the matter seriously because they know it is

a major step in life.  Because the play is not entirely trying to make the two

look bad, it is the better production.

 

Another major difference in the mood of the play and the movie is in the funeral

scene.  The funeral scene of the play is a very serious event.  Juliet's family

is very upset and think that they are the cause of her "death".  Also, the Friar

soothes the family of the loss of young Juliet's life (Act IV, Scene 5, Line 65).

 However, in the movie version of the funeral scene, again everyone is sad but

this time the Friar lets out a giggle as he pretends to pray for Juliet.  This

is a major difference because if someone had seen the Friar giggle, it may have

changed the entire play.  They may have questioned him why he giggled but since

he would not have a reason he may just spill what he knows.  Since the movie was

once again unrealistic, the play is the better production in this scene as well.

 

Some other major differences between the play and the movie occurred in the plot

details.  One example of this is in the beginning of the story.  In the play,

Romeo is just getting over Rosaline "rejecting" him (Act I, Scene 1, Line 155).

This means that he could have just been very upset.  Resulting in him just

grabbing the first thing he could find which just happened to be Juliet.  If he

had never even met Rosaline he probably would have never met Juliet either.

Although in the movie version of this part, all that the viewer knows is that

Romeo is extremely upset from something that was never brought up.  If Franco

Zefferelli had added this to his production it would probably make more sense

that him just leaving it out and having the viewer guess what was the matter

with Romeo.  Due to this difference, the play once again is better because the

plot is more thought out then the movie where the viewer has to guess.

 

Another difference between the play and the movie in plot details is at the

ending of the entire story.  In the play, the families are finally at peace as

Romeo and Juliet's real funerals take place .  The Montague's even decide to

erect a gold statue of Juliet and the Capulet's shake hand's with them which are

very good signs that the long and bitter feud of the two families is over (Act V,

Scene 3, Line 295).  On the other hand,  the movie only shows that he two

families have come together.  But this is for a reason that virtually and two

groups would come together for-a funeral of one for one of their family members.

All that the families do to acknowledge each other is as they walk into the

church, they turn to face their equal in the opposite family.  This is probably

the biggest difference out of the productions because one of the goal's that

Romeo, Juliet and Friar Laurence had was that this marriage would end the

quarrels.  The play's version of this was better because nobody really wants to

see a sad story which Romeo and Juliet is until the end but the play makes it a

happy story (in a way) by one of Romeo and Juliet's primary goals being

completed, although they had to die for it.

 

Due to all of the examples listed here, the mood in the marriage scene, the mood

in the funeral scene, and the plot details in the beginning and the end of the

play, the play is without a doubt, the better production.  However, if Franco

Zefferelli had made his movie more as a work of art instead of a production, and

spent a little more time in doing so, he could have had himself one of the best

movies ever, which William Shakespeare did with his play.

Comments (21)

Anonymous said

at 5:17 pm on Dec 31, 2008

firstly ı coulnt feel that the impressive love and ı dont think that the play is faithful to the story so much. and some characters are so different or never seen in the film..the film doesnt ferlect the story as a topic, characters , time and chrolonogicaly.

Anonymous said

at 5:38 pm on Dec 31, 2008

the big diference between the film and the play is that the film took place in modern time but the real story was writen in old time of britains.the characters in the film is not convincing and ı couldnt feel the same emotion and spirit in the story.

Anonymous said

at 5:41 pm on Dec 31, 2008

the big diference between the film and the play is that the film took place in modern time but the real story was writen in old time of britains.the characters in the film is not convincing and ı couldnt feel the same emotion and spirit in the story.

Anonymous said

at 5:41 pm on Dec 31, 2008

the big diference between the film and the play is that the film took place in modern time but the real story was writen in old time of britains.the characters in the film is not convincing and ı couldnt feel the same emotion and spirit in the story.

Anonymous said

at 11:43 pm on Jan 9, 2009

Guns, cops, costumes, everything was modern.You notice every difference immediately.

Anonymous said

at 1:33 pm on Jan 12, 2009

juliet kills herself with a gun not with a knive.
romeo and juliet!s age are not too young in movie.
the language used in movie, is modern

Anonymous said

at 2:19 pm on Jan 12, 2009

yes everything in the film was adoptated today's world,but in spite of that the main subject of the story has effected me,and I think it was creative:) ı enjoyed when watching..

Anonymous said

at 2:19 pm on Jan 12, 2009

yes everything in the film was adoptated today's world,but in spite of that the main subject of the story has effected me,and I think it was creative:) ı enjoyed when watching..

Anonymous said

at 9:22 pm on Jan 12, 2009

The film of Romeo and Juliet should be appreciated though it has different aspects when we think the play.With the help of this film, we find a chance to have idea about how an enormous love our heroes have.When we just read the play we may not liven up the scenes, but the film provides us with this.

Anonymous said

at 12:24 am on Jan 13, 2009

The big difference is that the film was too modern.It does not reflect the real story of Romeo and Juliet.The weapons used in the film was very different from the original ones.

Anonymous said

at 3:30 am on Jan 13, 2009

in the real story Romeo killing the Paris at the end of the
story but in the film this is not included

Anonymous said

at 4:55 am on Jan 13, 2009

the film and the characters was adapted todays world and that made the fılm different from the play in terms of behaviours of the characters and the places where the actions took place

Anonymous said

at 4:55 am on Jan 13, 2009

the film and the characters was adapted todays world and that made the fılm different from the play in terms of behaviours of the characters and the places where the actions took place

Anonymous said

at 9:27 am on Jan 13, 2009

The film is more enjoyable than the play itself.When we are reading it we are bored,however,when we are watching the film we enjoy it even if we watch it again and again.We can feel the emotions in the film as well.

Anonymous said

at 3:32 pm on Jan 13, 2009

yes, the film is more enjoyible than the play but the peace scene of the capulets and the montegues should have been included in the film

Anonymous said

at 3:36 pm on Jan 13, 2009

the film doesn't reflect the circumstences of that period

Anonymous said

at 4:34 pm on Jan 13, 2009

To be honest,I dont like the film

Anonymous said

at 4:34 pm on Jan 13, 2009

To be honest,I dont like the film

Anonymous said

at 8:02 pm on Jan 13, 2009

the film is really silly. I don' like it because it is more and more modern than the play so it doesn' make sense.

Anonymous said

at 8:02 pm on Jan 13, 2009

the film is really silly. I don' like it because it is more and more modern than the play so it doesn' make sense.

Anonymous said

at 5:20 pm on Jan 14, 2009

THERE ARE SOME DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE FILM AND PLAY OF ROMEO & JULIET.SOME SCENES WHICH WE DIDN’T READ AT THE PLAY ARE PRESENTED IN THE FILM.PEOPLE WHO DON’T LIKE TO READ, MAY WANT TO LEARN BY WATCHING.HOWEVER, THEY GET WRONG INFORMATION ABOUT THE PLAY.

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