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Romeo and Juliet Act 3 Song Analysis

Romeo and Juliet Act 3 Song Analysis

Act 3 for Romeo and Juliet is when tragedy strikes for the Montagues and Capulets. It begins with Tybalt trying to challenge Romeo to a duel but Mercutio steps in for Romeo. It resulted in Mercutio getting stabbed and him dying shortly after. Romeo Immediately getting his revenge by killing Tybalt. The crime results in Romeo getting banished from the city by the Prince. When Juliet hears the news about Tybalt she mourns his loss but she doesn’t think any less of Romeo. When Romeo is informed of his banishment he breaks down in tears because he cannot be with Juliet. Friar Lawrence then calms him down and try’s to think of a solution to his problem.

The two songs I have for this act are “The Banishment”: PRONG or “Beat it”: Michael Jackson.

The first song I want to talk about is “The Banishment”: PRONG. The lyrics to this song are not even close to resembling Romeo and Juliet.

“Cos I’m bored
So I left
No reason for me to hang around this place
I get more and more stress
Nothing anyone can offer more or less
Done grieving, closer to the end
Done grieving, closer to the end”

In the play written by Shakespeare Romeo’s banishment was forced upon by the prince. But, in the lyrics of this song the author seems to be doing it on his own free will because he is bored, he is too stressed, and he is done grieving. But that did not represent Romeo at all.

“Smashed by surprise falls, slashed by irrelevant scolds
I can never heal: who can know bravery?”

These lyrics had no relevance to Romeo and Juliet because the main character doesn’t get affected by those things.

My overall opinion of “The Banishment”: PRONG is that is creepy, loud, and distasteful. But, the song does have a very minor similarity to the play because when Romeo tried to kill himself when he found out he was banished but he was stopped by Friar Lawrence. The lyrics of “The Banishment”: PRONG song say “Done grieving, closer to the end” which I assumed was a thought of suicide.

 

The next song I want to analyze is “Beat it”: Michael Jackson. Even though there isn’t much to this song it resembles Act 3 of Romeo and Juliet a lot more than “The Banishment”: PRONG.

“They told him, “Don’t you ever come around here.
Don’t wanna see your face. You better disappear.”
The fire’s in their eyes and their words are really clear
So beat it, just beat it”

I found these lyrics to be both aggressive and exciting because in connection to the play it represent Tybalt wanting to challenge Romeo and you can tell just by hearing these lyrics something huge is going to happen.

“You better run, you better do what you can
Don’t wanna see no blood, don’t be a macho man
You wanna be tough, better do what you can “

These lyrics best described Romeo’s personality and how he approached Tybalt when he was challenged. When Tybalt challenge him Romeo tried to make peace with him by saying:

“I do protest I never injured thee,
But love thee better than thou canst devise,
Till thou shalt know the reason of my love.
And so, good Capulet—which name I tender
As dearly as my own—be satisfied.” (3.1.69-73)

These lyrics shows that Romeo prefers peace over battle so basically I’m saying he is a lover not a fighter.

“’No one wants to be defeated
Showin’ how funky strong is your fight
It doesn’t matter who’s wrong or right”

These Lyrics say even though you are right and facing a form of injustice don’t go to a fight you know you will lose and risk the lives of others.

My overall opinion of this song is that I love it. Beat it is one of my favourite songs and it represented Act 3 of Romeo and Juliet well. The flaw to Beat it is that only represents scene one which was the fight scene and it didn’t mention any thing about banishment.

Which do you think better represent Act 3 comment below?

References

www.lyricsmania.com,. ‘Prong – The Banishment Lyrics’. N.p., 2015. Web. 8 May 2015.

http://www.lyricsmania.com/the_banishment_lyrics_prong.html

Azlyrics.com,. ‘MICHAEL JACKSON LYRICS – Beat It’. N.p., 2015. Web. 8 May 2015.

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/michaeljackson/beatit.html

Romeo and Juliet Act 2 Song Analysis

Romeo and Juliet Act 2 Song Analysis

Act 2 of Romeo and Juliet is the most cheerful part of the play. This Act includes the famous balcony scene where Romeo and Juliet confess their love for each other and decide to get married. Romeo then arranges plans with Friar Lawrence and the nurse tells Juliet to meet him at the chapel. This act also includes the famous lines that make Romeo and Juliet still well known to this day

“But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the East, and Juliet is the sun.
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.
Be not her maid since she is envious.
Her vestal livery is but sick and green,
And none but fools do wear it. Cast it off.
It is my lady. O, it is my love!
O, that she knew she were!”
(2.2.2-11)

Now I want to compare two modern day songs “Love Story” by Taylor Swift and “Closer” by Ne-Yo. I want to see which one better represents Act 2 of Romeo and Juliet.

 

Love Story

To start, “Love Story”, by Taylor Swift was clearly inspired by Romeo and Juliet and includes a lot of elements of the play in that song. The song lyrics reference Romeo and Juliet and so does the imagery display. The imaginary flashback takes place in 14th century Verona with the costumes and the setting resembling Romeo and Juliet in a high degree. Also the song is sung in Juliet’s perspective mostly then changing to Romeo’s perspective in some parts of the song.

The lyrics have a great connection to Romeo and Juliet.

“See the lights, see the party, the ball gowns
See you make your way through the crowd
And say hello little did I know
That you were Romeo, you were throwing pebbles
And my daddy said, “Stay away from Juliet”
And I was crying on the staircase
Begging you, please, don’t go”

The similarities is that it resembles the Capulet party and both Romeo and Juliet’s parents are against them being together. The key differences between the lyrics and the play are in the lyrics where Juliet’s father tells Romeo to “Stay away from Juliet,” Capulet never told Romeo in the play to stay away from Juliet. Also she never goes to cry in a staircase.

“So I sneak out to the garden to see you
We keep quiet ’cause we’re dead if they knew”

The similarity to the play is that during the balcony scene Juliet feared for Romeo’s life because if they were caught Capulet would probably have Romeo killed. The difference is they never snuck into a garden together, Romeo came by himself and startled Juliet

.“Marry me, Juliet, you’ll never have to be alone
I love you and that’s all I really know
I talked to your dad, go pick out a white dress
It’s a love story, baby just say yes”

These lyrics resembled the play very well because Romeo and Juliet shared their love for each other during the balcony scene. They decided to get married so the play Romeo and Juliet is at heart a love story.

“Love Story” by Taylor Swift is the best representation of Act 2 of Romeo and Juliet. Now lets move on to the next song “Closer” by Ne-Yo and see how the song relates to Romeo and Juliet written by William Shakespeare.

 

Closer

“Closer” by Ne-Yo isn’t something to get excited about. The song has almost no connection to Romeo and Juliet and the lyrics are very repetitive.

“I just can’t stop
I just can’t stop
I just can’t stop
I just can’t stop
And I just can’t break myself no way
But I don’t want to escape
I just can’t stop
I just can’t stop
I just can’t stop
I just can’t stop
I just can’t stop

I can feel her on my skin
I can taste her on my tongue
She’s the sweetest taste of sin
The more I get the more I want
She wants to own me
Come closer
She says “come closer”

The only thing relevant to these lyrics are that this is a connection to the feelings Romeo has to Juliet like how he can’t stop being with her. Then the rest of lyrics sound sexual rather than them being romantic.

“She’s the sweetest taste of sin”

In the play Romeo and Juliet’s relationship is considered a sin by their families but Ne-Yo probably put that in a different context.

 

Verdict
In summary “’Love Story” by Taylor Swift better represents Romeo and Juliet by using moments from the play, their lyrics, and their imagery display. They also incorporate the balcony scene and the ideas of running away and getting married. “Closer” by Ne-Yo has lyrics that show Romeo’s strong desire for Juliet but in the end its basically a sexual song.

 

References

Lyricsfreak.com,. ‘Love Story Lyrics – Taylor Swift’. N.p., 2015. Web. 8 May 2015.

http://www.lyricsfreak.com/t/taylor+swift/love+story_20757542.html

Metrolyrics.com,. ‘Ne-Yo – Closer Lyrics | Metrolyrics’. N.p., 2015. Web. 8 May 2015.

http://www.metrolyrics.com/closer-lyrics-neyo.html

 

Romeo and Juliet Balcony Scene Comparison

Romeo and Juliet Balcony Scene Comparison

Introduction

One of the most famous scene in the Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet is the “balcony scene” which occurred in (2.2.1-205). This scene takes place in Capulet’s garden where Romeo stares at Juliet while she is on her balcony confessing her love for Romeo. After he reveals himself to Juliet they share their devotion to each other they share a passionate kiss. After the nurse calls out for Juliet she says goodnight to Romeo and Romeo is on his way. Today I’m comparing the balcony scene for two different Romeo and Juliet movies. One is the 1968 version which starred Leonard Whiting as Romeo and Olivia Hussey as Juliet and directed by Franco Zeffirelli (which I have talked about in a previous blog) and the 1996 version which starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes and was directed by Baz Luhrmann.

 

1968 Version of Romeo and Juliet Balcony Scene

Setting

The most significant difference between the 1968 version and the 1996 version is the setting of the balcony scene. The setting of the 1968 version more resembles the play because it take place in Verona Italy, in the 1300’s. Furthermore, the balcony scene was in the Capulet’s garden where there was a balcony high up with a long walk way. On other hand, in the 1996 version takes place in Verona Beach in modern day since there was technology that did not exist in the 14th century like elevators, security cameras, and a pool. Rather than in the 1968 version where Romeo was quieter when approaching Juliet, the 1996 version Romeo was clumsy   and reckless (I’m also surprised he didn’t get caught).

 

1996 version of Romeo and Juliet Balcony Scene

Positions

The way both Romeo and Juliet were positioned was completely different in both movies. In the 1968 version Romeo was hiding in the bushes of the Capulet’s garden and Juliet was moving around waving her arms. After Juliet discovers Romeo he climbs up the tree and they share a few passionate kisses. Then the nurse calls out for Juliet Romeo climbs up the tree a second time to give Juliet one last kiss and them both take their leave. In the 1996 version Romeo attempting to sneak around the Capulet mansion to see Juliet but he make several mistakes. Instead of a balcony in this movie Juliet goes down an elevator and is at her pool. Then Romeo sneaks up behind her and startles her causing them to fall in her pool. They talk for a bit but, as Romeo moves forward Juliet moves backwards. Then they share a kiss that compared to the 1968 version was bland. Finally they exchange some more sentences and they both leave.

 

Juliet’s Concerns for Romeo

Similarly, in both movies Juliet worries that Romeo will get caught and as a result he will be killed. In the 1968 version Juliet warned Romeo if he were to get caught her kinsman will kill him. Romeo didn’t care what happened to him making him seem very relaxed. In the 1996 version they were in a constant fear of being caught since there was a security camera at the pool and a security guard watching all cameras 24/7. He was almost caught at one point but he held his breath underwater and evaded the guard.

 

Conclusion

In conclusion, both versions of Romeo and Juliet portrayed the balcony scene in two different ways. If I had to pick a favourite it would probably be the 1968 version because it resembles the original play written by Shakespeare a lot more than the 1996 version and it better represented the whole idea of the balcony scene compared to the 1996 version. The 1996 version balcony scene had too many unnecessary moments such as, Romeo entrance being clumsy and made a significant amount of noise. Overall, Zeffirelli did a better job of portraying the balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet than Luhrmann did.

 

Extension

I found that Susan Wloszczyna’s criticism of the balcony scene on the 2013 version of Romeo and Juliet was a little harsh. She claimed that its “the movies greatest disappointment,” and i don’t agree with most of what she said.I believe the acting was well done the music fit the scene, and the setting was beautiful. I was appalled when she said “if you can’t do the balcony scene right, then why even do Romeo and Juliet.” She basically said that the balcony scene is the biggest and the most important part of the play and the other scenes are unnecessary which i certainly don’t agree with at all. There are other scenes and parts that are just as important as the balcony scene like the Queen Mab speech, Romeo and Juliet’s first encounter, and the thumb biting incident. The only thing about Wloszczyna’s article i agree with was the positioning. The positioning was sloppy and did not fit with what the scene intended to be in the play. Comparing the 2013 to the 1996 the 1996 version was a lot worse. The acting was dull, the setting was irrelevant and the music was atrocious. In the end the 2013 version balcony scene was done well with some minor flaws.

References

Ms. Bellon’s Classroom,. ‘Romeo And Juliet:  Act II, Prologue Through Scene Ii – The Balcony Scene’. N.p., 2015. Web. 21 Apr. 2015.

http://msbellon.weebly.com/the-daily-rant/romeo-and-juliet-act-ii-prologue-through-scene-ii-the-balcony-scene

Scalar.usc.edu,. ‘Balcony Scene Setting Changes’. N.p., 2015. Web. 21 Apr. 2015

http://scalar.usc.edu/works/romeo-and-juliet-act-2-scene-2-through-the-years/balcony-scene-setting-changes

 

Romeo and Juliet POV Diary: Romeo

Romeo and Juliet POV Diary: Romeo

Wednesday, June 3rd, 1303

I had never been this deeply in love with a women like Juliet in the entire time I walked on this earth.Her face resembles an angle who fell from the highest part of the heavens. Her beauty overwhelms the most beautiful goddess in legends. I had the greatest honor of seeing her face tonight. As I climbed up the tree and got up the balcony our eyes meet and we sealed everything with a passionate kiss.

We are going to get married tomorrow and i’m filled with both excitement and joy as the women I love will become mine in holy matrimony. This will become the most wonderful day in my life. Oh i wish I could share it with both Mother and Father but alas, she is a capulet my sworn mortal enemy.

But, they can kill me before I ever give up on my sweet Juliet. The wedding is tomorrow so I should get some sleep. At daybreak tomorrow my sweet Juliet and I will be together forever.

Romeo and Juliet Movie comparisons (1968 and 2013 Versions)

Romeo and Juliet Movie comparisons (1968 and 2013 Versions)

This is a comparison of two different versions of Romeo and Juliet films. The first is the 1968 version Romeo and Juliet which was directed and co-written by Franco Zeffirelli and starred Leonard Whiting (Romeo) and Olivia Hussey (Juliet). It was known for being the most financially successful film adaptation of a Shakespeare play during the time it was made. While the 2013 version of Romeo and Juliet which was directed by Carlo Carlei and starred Douglas Booth (Romeo) and Hailee Steinfield (Juliet). This film has led to controversy by some critics because this film only follows the plot and only uses some of Shakespeare’s traditional language.

1968

  • Most of the prologue of the play was said by the narrator
  • The setting of Verona is just a giant castle covering a small village. Its completely different than what I imagined it to be
  • The thumbing bite insult by Sampson was used from the play and the fight scene was extremely over the top with the Capulet, Montagues, and the citizens of Verona participating so it was more like a riot than a fight
  • Some lines in the play are skipped and the lines that were said were exactly from the play
  • When Romeo is first introduced he is telling Benvolio about his love but he does not use Rosaline’s name
  • Benvolio appears more older and wiser than I imagine him to be in the play
  • Juliet looks a lot younger than I imagined in this film (even though the person playing her was 18 at the time)
  • The nurse claims she has 4 teeth yet she has all of them   
  • The Queen Mab speech was a bit strange and Mercutio was portrayed as being insane but in the play I imagine him to be a knowledgeable and sophisticated person since he is the princes kinsman
  • Romeo is first portrayed as shy but during the party he looked very creepy by hiding in the corners and behind other people just to gaze at Juliet
  • The kiss between Romeo and Juliet was quick but had more passion
  • The music in the film was very loud and unnecessary
  • The clothes were bizarre and unusual
  • The dancing in the party was weird because the guest were holding their arms up and shaking their wrists
  • Some of the scenes were skipped in the movie but most of Act 1 is there
  • When Tybalt sees Romeo at the party Capulet doesn’t want to cause a scene for unknown reasons

2013

  • The narrator only read the first four lines of the prologue than he talks about a jousting match
  • The setting of Verona for this movie is exactly what I imagined it to be
  • The fight scene was more like the play and all characters were present but the thumb biting incident was not included
  • Romeo looks older in this film and he is a lot more confident. Also he is a sculptor
  • Benvolio looks a lot younger in this film approximately 3-5 years younger than Romeo and he looks wimpy
  • Juliet looks older and more mature and she looks exactly like I imagined her
  • The nurse still has all her teeth
  • The setting of the party looked more clean and elegant
  • The costume design for this film is alto more simple and normal
  • Benvolio tries his chance at Rosaline after Romeo falls for Juliet
  • The kiss for this movie is quite long
  • The movie is very quick and Act 1 takes about less than half hour
  • Tybalt is in love with Juliet
  • The dancing is simple and elegant and matches the scene for the party
  • Juliet and Paris dance together at the party and Romeo steps in to dance with Juliet much to Paris is liking and it never happened in the play  
  • Capulet didn’t want to cause a scene after Tybalt seen Romeo at the party ( it wasn’t explained how Tybalt saw Romeo) because he didn’t want to face severe punishment by the prince

 

My Opinion

If I had to pick my favourite between the two I would have to favour the 2013 version over the 1968 version for many reasons. Most people would say the 1968 version is better because it better resemble the play written by Shakespeare, but for me that’s the reason why I don’t like it. The 1968 version does tell the story of Romeo and Juliet well on paper but the movie itself has a lot of flaws. First of all the acting is bad, the music is too loud and unnecessary, the costumes look outrageous, the setting looks like a dump, and the movie is too bland and boring because it’s exactly like the play. Think about like this why you would go to a movie if you know exactly what’s going to happen at each scene. In the 2013 version there are better characters, the costumes are better, the setting looks nicer, the music is good, and the movie is exciting because there are different scenes. Also the 2013 version is more understandable for those who have haven’t read the play and more appealing for those who have. I find the 2013 version would also encourage younger children to read the play too.

 

 

 

The Power of Love

The Power of Love

       

         The true meaning of love is the deepest form of affection you can get for another person. You are at the point where can’t last seconds without seeing the person you are in love with. True love is a big influence on others for example in Romeo and Juliet Romeo said,

      “But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun. 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. Be not her maid, since she is envious Her vestal livery is but sick and green And none but fools do wear it; cast it off. It is my lady, O, it is my love! Oh, that she knew she were!” (2.2.4-11)

When people think of love at first sight you believe it’s the best thing that ever happened to them. People who believe in love at first sight are those hopeless romantics who watch too many romance movies and read too many romance novels. Love at first sight is a total sham for many reasons. First of all, why would you fall in love with someone only after seeing them once unless you have some sort of attraction to them which could end with the other person finding you creepy? You fall in love with someone by spending time with them and getting to know that person at the point where you both are inseparable. So for all those who believe love at first sight there is a difference between fantasy and real life.

I prefer “The Power of Love” By Huey Lewis over the one sung by Celine Dion for several reasons. With Celine Dion’s version I personally didn’t like some of the wording for her lyrics because I found them to be too unnecessary for the song for example,

“We’re heading for something somewhere I’ve never been Sometimes I am frightened But I’m ready to learn of the power of love”

I found these lyrics to be too fearful towards love and love is supposed to be this great obstacle you have to overcome but it seems completely bogus to me. But with“The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis he portrays love to be happy, sad, curious, and many more emotions. I also loved how he put all of those emotions into one song and with a catchy tune (If you want to see it for yourself the video is above the post). With Romeo and Juliet it isn’t just this sad love story. There is elements to the play that show several emotions felt when two people are in love and how they react to those emotions as a result. So as a whole the version on “The Power of Love” By Huey Lewis better represents how we view the topic of love and in the play Romeo and Juliet.

        

            

           

Romeo’s Everlasting Sorrow

Romeo’s Everlasting Sorrow

“Character Impressions:  Romeo.” Ms. Sockett’s English Courses. 24 Apr. 2013. Web. 2 Apr. 2015. http://mssockettsenglishcourses.weebly.com/character-blog-period-c/character-impressions-romeo

Oh I face an everlasting sorrow that hurts the depth of my soul. My love, her beauty rivals a goddess, a sunset, stars in the night sky, and perhaps life itself does not know I exist. I am sad that she does not know my name, my face, and how much I love and adore her. I am sad that I do not know anything about the girl I love, what she likes, dislikes, her ambition, desires, and dreams. Without a women like her in the world the true meaning of beauty is lost. I am sick because I don’t know the true meaning of love, I am sick because she does not know me and I don’t know her. If she were to die I will not have a reason to walk, speak, eat, drink, and even breathe. Before I get the chance to love her more than I do now is one simple thing, she has feel the same way