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Water in Romeo + Juliet
Transcript of Water in Romeo + Juliet
throughout Film: Absence of Water: Conclusion: By using the visual representation of water, or lack thereof, in order to convey Shakespeare’s themes of love, passion, violence, truth and others, Baz Luhrmann effectively translates Shakespeare into modern day terms. Sacrament of Baptism:
cleansing of body & soul
1. Juliet is first introduced taking a bath
2. Romeo is first seen with head under water, clearing his mind
3. Romeo and Juliet meet looking through a fish tank
4. Balcony Scene turns into a midnight swim
5. Mercutio dies on a beach
6. When Tybalt dies he falls into a fountain 35:00 ~ Romeo is banned to the desert
~Juliet's fire lit tomb Baz Luhrmann enhances Shakespeare’s language through his exploitation of water in this film.
Reveals the same themes of passion, life, truth, violence, sexuality and rebirth by simply using water. Though the original play, “Romeo and Juliet,” rarely includes water, Luhrmann symbolically includes water in several scenes.
The effect of this usage allows the contemporary audience to better understand Shakespeare’s original themes of purification, rebirth, sexuality, passion and violence.
Luhrmann visually represents several meanings derived from Shakespeare’s original text and thus alleviates the necessity of dissecting and understanding Shakespeare’s complex language. Physical and Metphorical death of spirit:
“He is thrown in the water, where his old identity dies” (Foster 155) Aphrodite:
“Her name, as the verb aphrodisiadzo, means to have sexual intercourse” (Kooper 5)
“Goddess , not simply of love and beauty, but as cosmic life force” (Christ 25) love<-->life 24:30 “Water is a symbol of life and renewal” (Trudinger 6) Therefore without water, there is death and decay no life<-->no love Questions? THE END. Megan Scribner