How West Side Story compares to the original Romeo and Juliet text

Shakespeare’s plays contain at minimum the base story line for hundreds of films, from original text adaptations such as William Dieterle’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to animation adaptations like Disney’s Gnomeo and Juliet. Shakespeare’s work is universal as it has been translated into dozens of languages, but more importantly, because it reaches every person and … Read more

Juliet is the tragic hero of Shakespeare’s play

Shakespeare’s tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, follows the two eponymous characters as they navigate the destruction and devastation true love can bring. Juliet begins as a wide-eyed, innocent young girl, merely 13 years old, yet throughout the course of the play, Shakespeare portrays the development of Juliet’s character indirectly through the language she uses, the language … Read more

Comparative essay of Romeo and Juliet’s death scene in Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Introduction For this essay, I have selected the final scene between Romeo and Juliet in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet (1996) in which both characters die. I decided to choose this scene as I felt there was a lot of analysis that could be taken from things like the lighting, decorations/ props, and the costumes. … Read more

Was Shakespeare critical of sexism & anti-Semitism? (Merchant of Venice/Romeo & Juliet)

William Shakespeare as one of the greatest writers in English Language addresses many different problems which have only been exposed as major societal problems since the emergence of sociology. Sociological problems such as sexism and anti-Semitism are evident, common topics through Shakespeare’s plays. With specific reference to ‘The Merchant of Venice’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’, … Read more

To what extent are Desdemona and Juliet responsible for and in control of their actions?

Introduction According to the classic definition given by Aristotle, “Tragedy is, then, an imitation of a noble and complete action, having the proper magnitude; it employs language that has been artistically enhanced by each of the kinds of linguistic adornment, applied separately in the various parts of the play; it is presented in dramatic, not … Read more