Romeo and Juliet (Film)

Romeo and Juliet (Film)

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Romeo and Juliet Essay

Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘’Romeo and Juliet’’ explores a number of different issues one of the issues being love vs. lust. The question is; was Romeo and Juliet in love or where they lusting after each other.

The scene where Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time could be classified as love or lust. Juliet has found out that she is to marry Paris and Romeo is forced to forget about his one true love Rosaline. So are they in love or is it rebound for Romeo and escape for Juliet. On the other hand when Romeo sees Juliet he is so over whelmed by her true beauty that he acts upon that later on, Juliet is also over whelmed by how handsome Romeo is.

After the Capulet’s Party Romeo sneaks back to the Capulet’s household to see Juliet. Romeo knows that if he is caught on the Capulet’s property he will be killed. That gives you the idea that their relationship is based on love and not lust. Whilst Romeo is hiding Juliet talks to herself about Romeo.

Juliet: O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name, or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, and I'll no longer be a Capulet.
Romeo: Shall I hear more, or shall I speak at this?
Juliet: 'Tis but thy name that is my enemy, thou art thyself though not a Montague. What is Montague? It is nor hand, nor foot, nor arm, nor face, nor any other part belonging to a man. Oh, what's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other word would smell as sweet; so Romeo would, were he not Romeo called, retain that dear perfection to which he owes without that title. Romeo, doff thy name! And for thy name, which is no part of thee, take all myself.

Romeo asks Juliet to marry him and she accepts, giving you the idea that Romeo will fall for any girl. So does that mean Romeo doesn’t really love Juliet; she is just a way of him forgetting Rosaline. Does physical attraction equal love or lust? It is hard to say but you would think that it is...

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