Compare & Contrast – Romeo and Juliet Balcony Scene

Romeo&JulietComparison

Romeo and Juliet is a play that no one can forget. The original work is regarded as a masterpiece by many and has been performed and seen by thousands over they centuries.  However, since the plays original viewing in 1597[1] there have been many adaptations and re-imaginings of the play. Some of these recreations have been better than others, but all hold true to the plot of Romeo and Juliet.

In this blog I’ll be talking about the similarities and differences between two versions of the play: The 1968 Romeo and Juliet as well as the graphic novel variation from similarities such as mood and overall emotion of the lovers to differences such as intimate things, namely kissing ;).

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First off, Romeo’s idolization of Juliet is very prominent in both versions of the play.

Like the original, both versions have Juliet on a balcony during the properly named “balcony” scene. This simple difference in elevation really displays how Romeo literally admires or “looks up to” Juliet. That in combination with his lines when admiring Juliet:

Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief,
That thou, her maid, art far more fair than she.
(II. II. 5-8.)
With all these factors, it’s obvious Romeo simply worships Juliet. Again this is portrayed in both versions of the play.

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Secondly, both versions hold the same mood and setting.

A dark lit emotional scene with full foliage in the background also accompanied by the castle in which Juliet gazes from. This really sets a deep, emotional setting by focusing on Romeo and Juliet’s romance. This can clearly be seen with the graphic novel’s illustrations as well as the movie. Take a look!

A rather dark and eerie setting adds a lot of depth and seriousness to the graphic novel. [3]

Juliet forest

The similar uses of colour between the graphic novel and movie really hold the same feeling through both scenes. [4]

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In contrast, the graphic novel has a simply kiss when Romeo and Juliet speak to each other while in the 1968 movie they have a somewhat intimate smooching session.

It’s little details that make a rather big difference. In this instance, the level of intimacy is far more dramatic. While the graphic novel makes the love between the pair obvious, the movie just makes the couple seem like they’re that much more embracing of each other.

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In short, both version of the famous play Romeo and Juliet hold many similarities though subtle differences can make big changes to flavour of the play. These changes and continuities are small but they have a large lasting impact on the alterations; it can honestly make of break the quality of the work. So keep a critical eye, who knows there many be a day where you may be a play right yourself, it’s the little details that make all the differences!

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References

[1] Bl.uk,. ‘Romeo And Juliet – Shakespeare In Quarto’. N.p., 2015. Web. 1 June 2015.

Images

[1] Romeo And Juliet Graphic Novel Cover. 2015. Web. 3 June 2015.

[2] Romeo And Juliet 1968 Film Poster. 2015. Web. 3 June 2015.

[3] Graphic Novel Balcony Scene. 2015. Web. 3 June 2015.

[4] Romeo And Juliet 1968 Movie Balcony Image. 2015. Web. 3 June 2015.

 

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