In Baz Lurhmann's movie of R&J there is a very definite world established. Describe specifically how the world Luhrmann created advanced the storyI would like to know how others would answer...

In Baz Lurhmann's movie of R&J there is a very definite world established. Describe specifically how the world Luhrmann created advanced the story

I would like to know how others would answer this question if this were to be given as an essay question.

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accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

By choosing to set his version of Romeo and Juliet in the down-town Latino barrios of "Verona", Luhrmann has selected a very appropriate setting for the play. The gang violence that is symptomatic of such settings definitely helps us understand the long-running feud between the Montagues and the Capulets and enables us to see how damaging such a feud would be for all society. The setting also places Friar Lawrence as a Roman Catholic priest in this community, again stressing the importance this character would have in this world. I guess why this production is so successful is because really Luhrmann has successfully updated this play for us so we can draw parallels between the action and the world we know - something that most students are somewhat dislocated from when the action is set in medieval Verona.

tomskelly | Student

Its important to highlight context, it is used to help intrest a younger audience

themagic | Student

Excellent answer! I have a follow up question, if you are willing. What do you think about the use of guns instead of swords? does this take away from the 'lighthearted' competitions/duels? For instance when Mercutio is shot instead of accidentally stabbed.

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