Extensive Reading -End of Semester- Assignment

“Romeo & Juliet” Movie Analyze

Name Class N.I.M

: ABDULLOH AZIZ :E : 08-530-0200

English Department Faculty of Teaching and Education Development University of PGRI Adi Buana Surabaya @ 2010


In this semester, we all the students from E Class English Department UNIPA Surabaya, get an assignment from Mr. Lambang Ertanto, S.S. M.Pd as an Extensive Reading lecturer to analyze a story from the movie. Before I began doing analyzing, I download the movie first, and I got 2 movie titles. Those are Romeo and Juliet and Oliver Twist flv movie format. After thinking until confused, finally I decided to choose Romeo and Juliet movie story. I’ve analyzed about Romeo and Juliet, I’ve also browsed to internet by Google search engine to find out more about story of Romeo and Juliet to support my analyzing assignment. Why I choose this movie, because this movie it’s the real my work by download part by part from You-tube site. And almost students at E Class analyzed about Pride and Prejudice, and Oliver Twist movie that I though that’s not the original movie series. I want to underline about the movie I got, although this movie is not one of the special movie list which is included to get a plus point, I think this is the oldest version and I hope this is the 1st or original version serial of “Romeo and Juliet” story movie which is written by the famous known author “William Shakespeare”.


Abdullah Aziz

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Analyzing “Romeo & Juliet” Movie Story

Author :William Shakespeare





Exposition includes or tells about character, relationship from each character, setting (time, place etc.) and little bit about the environment where the story happened. The exposition starts with the prologue and the first fight setting the stage and the mood of the rivaling families. The prologue states that these two families have been feuding for a long time and that two lovers will die because of it. The fight shows the extent of the feud.

a. Character & Relationship

Romeo is the young son of the affluent Montague family. He lusts after the unavailable, but oh-so gorgeous Rosaline until he sets eyes on Juliet Capulet (the only daughter of his family's arch enemies) and falls in love at first sight. Juliet is the beautiful (and only) daughter of the Capulets. In the play, she falls in love with Romeo Montague, the son of her family's mortal enemies. Rosaline is the gorgeous and aloof woman Romeo crushes on until he meets the love of his life, Juliet. Rosaline has no speaking part, never appears on stage

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(according to the stage directions), and isn't even listed in the dramatis personae (the cast list). So, why the heck are we talking about Rosaline in our "Character Analysis" when it's quite possible that she doesn't even exist? Well, we may not hear directly from Rosaline (or even see her unless we watch, say, Zeffirelli's 1968 film adaptation of the play), but we do hear a lot about her from one of the play's major characters, Romeo. Mercutio (whose name is derived from the word "mercurial," meaning "volatile") is Romeo's sword-fight loving BFF. He never backs down from a duel and, although he's neither a Montague nor a Capulet, he gets involved in the longstanding family feud on the side of the Montagues and is killed by Tybalt. Benvolio, whose name literally means "good will," is a classic nice guy. Benvolio often gets stuck playing the straight man to Romeo and Mercutio, but he occasionally manages to stick in his own funny lines. Despite the fact that he is constantly telling everyone else to chill and stop fighting, duels always seem to happen around him. Sometimes he gets drawn in. Benvolio is regarded as the trusted go-to guy. Romeo's parents turn to him when their son is acting weird and the Prince always asks him to explain what went down in the most recent street fight. Friar Laurence is a mentor to both Romeo and Juliet, Friar Laurence constantly advises them to act with more caution and moderation. But Friar Laurence's own plans to help Romeo and Juliet end in tragedy. He's the guy, after all, who gives Juliet the concoction that puts her in a deep, deep, slumber that fools her family (and Romeo) into thinking she's dead. This makes Friar Laurence one of the most complex and interesting characters in the play: we don't know if he should be blamed or not. Tybalt is Juliet's cousin, which makes him a Capulet. After he kills Romeo's BFF, Mercutio, in a street brawl, Romeo mortally stabs him, which causes Romeo to be banished from Verona. The Nurse is one of the funniest characters in the play and one of the most disturbing. She and Juliet have what seems to be a gossiping, pillow-fighting sort of relationship at the beginning of the play. The Nurse, along with Friar Laurence, is

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one of the facilitators of Juliet's relationship with Romeo. She plays the role of messenger and it is her idea to bring Romeo to Juliet even after he has been banished. But when Juliet needs her most – after her parents order her to marry Paris – the Nurse betrays her. Romeo is as good as dead, the Nurse tells Juliet, and she had better forget him and marry Paris. Is the nurse as responsible for Juliet's death? Maybe. Or, as one oh-so-subtle production suggested, definitely: in this production, at the final scene, when the Prince says that some will be punished, a noose dropped from the ceiling and swung in front of the Nurse.

Lord Capulet (a.k.a. Capulet) is the father of Juliet. At first, he seems like a pretty good dad. When Paris comes sniffing around for thirteen-year-old Juliet's hand in marriage, Capulet puts him of, citing Juliet's young age and even suggesting that he'd like his daughter to marry for "love". This, by the way, is pretty uncommon in Shakespeare's plays. Most fathers (like Baptista Minola in The Taming of the Shrew) broker marriages like business deals, without ever consulting their daughters. But Lord Capulet doesn't play the good father for long. Paris eventually wears him down and convinces him that he and Juliet should wed. (By this point, Juliet is already be secretly married to Romeo.) The thing is, Juliet's not exactly down with marrying Paris and things get ugly when she tells her father as much. Lord Capulet's response to Juliet's "disobedience" is so violently harsh that we begin to see him as a bit of a tyrant. We see the physical aggression most prominently in the big, confrontational scene with Juliet over whether or not she will marry Paris. When Juliet refuses, Capulet screams, "Out you baggage, / you tallow face" and says, "My fingers itch" when Juliet stands up, which may suggest that he's prone to physical violence. He also lashes out against the Nurse and his wife. Lady Capulet - Like many other mothers of teens, Lady Capulet and her daughter clearly have a troubled relationship. The interactions between Lady Capulet and Juliet are strained and distant. Lady Capulet does make an effort to reach out to her daughter now that she's of an age to be married. But it's obvious that Juliet's closest

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bond is with the Nurse; Lady Capulet never even comes close to challenging that. As a result, Lady Capulet doesn't come across as a particularly great mom. The big question with her character is why. Why isn't she close to her daughter? Why isn't she supportive when Juliet needs her most? Just when Juliet needs her mom's support, Lady Capulet coldly ignore her daughter's pleas to help her avoid marrying Paris. After Lord Capulet storms out, Juliet turns to her mother to soften her father's punishment. Juliet begs her even to delay the marriage. There could be a few different things going on here. It seems very likely that Lady Capulet herself had an arranged marriage with Juliet's father, and it seems she went along with it obediently. When Juliet rebels against the planned marriage with Paris, she is rebelling against her mother's way of life, and against the kind of marriage that Lady Capulet learned to suffer through. If Lord Capulet is an abusive husband, that gives Lady Capulet further reason to refuse to defy his wishes, even for the sake of her daughter. Also, in Shakespeare's day, women were expected to be "obedient" to their husbands. We should also mention that some rather edgy modern interpretations of the play go so far as to say that Lady Capulet is having an affair; or at least actively pursuing one. We're guessing these productions of the play are picking up on Lady Capulet's over-the-top praise of Paris's manly virtues and her excessive grief over Tybalt's death. Paris - As much as we hate to start our sentences with "as so-and-so said," we're breaking our rule here because this one is just too good. Here we go. As scholar Marjorie Garber points out, all you have to do to see why Paris (the guy who wears down Juliet's dad until he agrees to let him marry Juliet) is such a good foil for Romeo – and why Juliet chose Romeo over him – is to contrast what Paris and Romeo each say outside Juliet's grave. PARIS The obsequies that I for thee will keep Nightly shall be to strew thy grave and weep. Paris's language says: "I'm a stiff and lacking in passion." There's no way that Paris would die for Juliet. He'll probably make other marriage plans as soon as the appropriate mourning time has passed.

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ROMEO The time and my intents are savage-wild More fierce and more inexorable far Than empty tigers or the roaring sea. Romeo, in contrast, is furious over Juliet's death, and eloquent in his fury. He won't drip a few tears on Juliet's grave and then go home to bed. Unlike Paris, this guy is a passionate lover. The Prince of Verona does the best he can to keep the peace, but he can't restrain the violence between the Montagues and the Capulets. If the Prince can't do anything about the feud, it means that the law (which the Prince embodies) is powerless against the passions of hate and of love.

b. Setting Many of the scenes take place in the streets of Verona, Italy where the young men of the upper-class Capulet and Montague families hang out and get into fights with one another. Within Verona, Romeo and Juliet have very different worlds. Romeo is always seen in the streets, never in his own house; although, we do hear that he likes to spend a fair amount of time moping in his bedroom or in a sycamore grove when he's crushing on Rosaline at the beginning of the play (1.1.4). For the most part, Romeo is part of a freewheeling and masculine world. Juliet, in contrast, is very much a sheltered daughter, almost never allowed outside the walls of her father's house. Romeo must invade that world in order to meet Juliet by crashing the Capulet's party and then climbing up to her balcony (1.3). A neutral place where Romeo and Juliet's worlds overlap is at Friar Laurence's church. This seems to be the only place Juliet is allowed to go outside of her home, (for purposes of confessing sins…presumably not to commit them). Friar Laurence is Romeo's confessor as well. Verona, then, is a setting with a religious – specifically Catholic – dimension.

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Theatrical and film interpretations of the play have reset the play in many different cities, from West Side Story's 1950s New York City, which is divided by ethnic tensions, to the futuristic "Verona Beach" of Baz Luhrmann's film version of Romeo + Juliet. What most interpretations keep is the sense of a hot climate that provokes the passions, something Benvolio refers to directly when he says, "For, now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring" (3.1.1). The play takes place in Verona, Italy during Shakespeare’s time, around the 1500’s. Since the play was performed long ago in a simple open theater, backdrops were not used and there were only a few props. Most of the scenery had to be imagined by the audience.


Environment The environment surrounding Kingdom, in the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet can influence audiences who may interpret the scenes in different ways. The audience can be greatly affected in their interpretation of the story by the mise-en-scene, costuming, and the hidden symbolic meaning, I experienced from watching these movies. Focusing on the environment of the scenes and the costuming helped me in my interpretation, because I found hidden symbolism from these two qualities. The first time Romeo and Juliet saw each other was when Juliet was preoccupied in a traditional dance involving many people. The environment was set in a medieval style with dull colors in the background. Torches were lit in the windows, and some white candles were lit near the dance floor.

2. Rising Action The action starts to rise greatly at the balcony scene where each profess their love for each other. They decide to get married and plan it out. The rising action continues through the marriage, and the separation. It's also important to remember that Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy, not only a romance. Fine, love hits our two young heroes hard, but they act rashly, and it costs them their lives. They live in a time fraught with tension, and as there's no omnipotent Bono-

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figure to call in for conflict resolution, all the odds are against them. In Shakespeare, as in life, everything is tragic when times are tragic, and even love can't be expected to solve every problem. You can't buy the world a Coke, and you can't blaze through your own life living only on love. Romeo and Juliet moves us because we hope to feel the love that these two feel, but it stays with us because we're jarred by the poignancy of their failure and loss. For all the good strategizing, great sex, and poignant speeches, Romeo and Juliet is a simple lesson that love doesn't conquer all. But it has the potential to conquer each of us. We can take solace in our shared misery or delight here, but the most important thing is that, whatever we feel, we're all feeling it. Cold comfort, but comfort nonetheless.

3. Climax The climax is the inacting of the father’s plan. Juliet pretends to be dead, and Romeo does not know it and commits suicide.

4. Falling action Falling action or Anti Climax - The action begins to fall after Juliet commits suicide after finding Romeo dead. It continues as both families find their children dead.

5. Resolution The single plot is chronological and easy to follow. There are no flashbacks and no dream scenes. I think the story movie’s plot is closed plot, because there’s a clear or detail moment at the end of the story. The ending of the story is sad.

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Closing Sentence

That’s all my work to add my point or value for Extensive Reading’s Assignment, analyze “Romeo and Juliet” movie story. I’m so sorry if there are many word or sentence which are not correct, and I need correction to be better than ever for all readers, especially our lecturer Mr. Lambang Ertanto, S.S. M.Pd as a lecturer for Extensive Reading subject learning, because I’ll also publish my work to my blog. And I’ll also embed the file and video there. Only for correction, if there are so many mistakes in analyzing the movie story, please give comment at my blog : http://a-aziz.co.cc/ or http://az-edutainment.blogspot.com/ I also want to appreciate for the writer, author, editor, etc. who published their work to the internet, so I can find out more to support my work. http://youtube.com/ , http://shmoop.com/ , and http://bookrags.com/ I can’t mention all, but especially for the reference site above, because so many sites that I access and invite.

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