Instead of doing the question on Act 2, Scene 2, you can answer this question:
Explore the ways in which Friar Lawrence is presented in this scene and elsewhere in Shakespeare’s play, and in the performed versions. You should consider:
- the thoughts and feelings Friar Lawrence expresses
- the ways other characters react to him
- what makes Friar Lawrence such an important character
Remind yourself of Act 2 scene 2 in the text and in one or more performed versions of the play.
Explore the ways in which Romeo and Juliet are presented in this scene and elsewhere in Shakespeare’s play, and in the performed verisons.
You should consider:
- the thoughts and feelings Romeo and Juliet express
- the ways other characters react to them
- what makes the relationship between Romeo and Juliet so moving.
Film: Baz Luhrman (1996)
Having watched the Baz Luhrmann version of Romeo and Juliet, you are going to write a review, examining how successful it is. You should read this Wikipedia article on the film here.
You need to comment upon:
- The quality of the acting
- The quality of the “direction”: the use of camera shots, the use of costumes, settings, music, sound, the editing
- The way in which he has “edited” down Shakespeare’s language; does Shakespeare’s language work in this context?
- Does the “modernisation” of the setting really work, even though Shakespeare’s original language is being used?
- Some points to think about: in the original Juliet is turning fourteen, she is clearly older here. In the original, swords are used, not guns. In the origina.
Post your reviews in response to this article down below.
What does the Prologue tell us?
Why does Shakespeare reveal this information so early on in the play?
Another clip based from Act 1, just after the first fight scene:
What do you think of this interpretation of the play?
Act 1, Scene 1
Act 1, Scene 2
Act 1, Scene 3
Act 1, Scene 4
Act 1, Scene 5
Act 2, Scene 1
Act 2, Scene 2
Act 2, Scene 3
Act 2, Scene 4
Act 3, Scene 1
Act 3, Scene 2
Act 3, Scene 3
Act 3, Scene 4
Act 3, Scene 5
Act 4, Scene 1