Mar 30 2015

Man Warned After Thumb Biting Incident

*Revised on April 15, 2015

Verona, Italy

A group of men were walking down the streets of Verona yesterday when a fight broke out from an alleged thumb-biting took place. A man, Abram, was simply walking through the streets with a servingman of his, when he was confronted by Gregory and Sampson, of the House of Capulet, to which then Sampson was then seen biting his thumb.

“As Sampson said before the fight, “No, sir, I do not bite my thumb at you, sir, but I do bite my thumb, sir.”,”(I:I:51-52) Gregory denied, “It was not meant as an offensive gesture.

Abram’s disbelief in Sampson truthfulness then led to a fight between all the men present, to which then a man, Benvolio, tried to step in and break up the quarrel, but to no avail.

“Part fools,” Benvolio quoted himself, “Put up your swords. You Know not what you do.” (I:I:65-66)

“Then Tybalt entered the scene,” described Benvolio. He admitted to being threatened by Tybalt for trying to keep the peace amongst the group.

Tybalt’s threats towards Benvolio only added to the fight at hand. The conditions of the fight also increased when the Capulets and the Montagues walked into the scene, and stirred up the event even more.

The fight only eventually came to a halt when the Prince shut it down, threatening the partakers with death if such a fight were to arise again.

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Mar 28 2015

Journal Entry: 1595 vs. 1968 vs 2013

*Revised on May 28, 2015
*Revised on May 30, 2015
*Revised on June 3, 2015
*Revised on June 13, 2015
*Revised on June 16, 2015
There have been many adaptations of the story of Romeo and Juliet since the original story, and they are all told and presented creatively in different ways. This story has been created and recreated and reimagined so many times and in so many ways, but do all recreations honour the story like it deserves?


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The original telling of the story, written by Shakespeare, starts out with a scene between Gregory and Sampson, two men of the House of Capulet, discussing the quarrel between their masters and the Montagues. Then, the men meet a man called Abram, and a dispute begins to fall out. This cues Benvolio to enter and try to break up the fight before it got any worse. Benvolio’s efforts were shortly after stopped by Tybalt, and stirring up the fight even more. Soon after, the Capulets and the Montagues themselves entered and took part in the ruckus, which was quickly cut off by the Prince, letting all those involved know that they needed to stop causing fights in the streets, and if he caught them fighting again, it would be punishable by death. All departed apart from Mr. and Mrs. Montague and Benvolio, to which then the Montagues confessed their worries about the current state of their son, Romeo. Benvolio later approaches Romeo about his troubles, which reveals that Romeo is in love with Rosaline Capulet, niece of Capulet himself. Benvolio insists that Romeo try to forget about this girl, but it is of no avail to Romeo.
In parallel time, in the House of Capulet, a man by the name of Paris approaches Capulet and asks permission to marry his daughter; Capulet is hesitant to the idea, because Juliet, his daughter, is so young, but he is not opposed to the concept of Juliet and Paris together. Juliet, however, does not dream to be married yet, but she agrees to meet Paris and get along with him.
In disguise, Romeo, Benvolio, and some other friends tag along to a party and the Capulet residence, which, not too long after, is where Romeo first spots Juliet, and immediately falls in love. Romeo then takes it upon himself to pursue Juliet, taking her by the hand and then kissing her, forming reciprocating feelings in her. Only later do both kids realise that they have both fallen for the child of their family’s greatest foes. 

The movie adaptation of Romeo and Juliet in 1968 generally followed the path of the play rather well. The story in this version did seem to move slower than the original pace. The costume choices for this movie seemed a little cheap for the high status of the main families, but suited the time period. They also used the costumes to differentiate between the two families, the Capulets wearing red, and the Montagues wearing blue. The background music is similar to the choice of dress in which it suits the time period, but the instruments seemed very out of tune at times, which seems unprofessional for the settings of the film.

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The casting of the main characters, Romeo and Juliet, did not seem to really fit the roles. Although their acting fit the personalities of those they were portraying, their physical appearances did not seem to fit their characters, specifically their ages. There was also an inserted dance scene in this adaptation, which took a very long time. The lighting in the House of Capulet during the party seemed very dark and moody, although that could just be because of the time it was filmed and the equipment it was filmed with.

The immediate relationship between Romeo and Juliet seemed very forced and unnatural, contrary to how it is supposed to come across as; Romeo seems very assertive and Juliet seems uncomfortable in the beginning.
Overall, this version of the story does follow the original play very closely, using most of the scenes and dialogue and doesn’t stray from the general idea of the play. There are a few additional scenes and some creative decisions made by the director that did take place outside of the authentic story, but they do not take away from the story being true to it’s roots.


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One of the more current versions of this tale was released only two years ago in 2013. This rendition was much faster paced than either of the two versions mentioned before it. The overall story was respected, but much was changed. These two families had scheduled tournaments every year in which they could compete, and the origins of the initial fight were changed. The overall acting in this film seemed unnecessarily over dramatic. The actors in this movie seemed to fit their roles even worse than those in the 1968 film, especially Romeo, who is supposed to be 13, but looks about 18. The choice of costume seemed to better fit the suggested financial status of both the families in this movie, but the colours were switched compared to the other film; the Capulets were in blue and the Montagues in red, which, personally, seemed to fit the families better. This adaptation of Romeo and Juliet seemed to be a lot more influenced by creative justice, specifically in the sense of the dialogue. There were direct quotes from the original, but there were also a lot more additional lines added. In the scene of Romeo and Juliet’s first meeting, Romeo seems to get creepier a lot faster, and Juliet seems a lot more confident, and shows more immediate attraction to Romeo, contrary to the play. These characters did not seem to capture the same aura of the ones they were based off of. The kiss scene seemed a lot more aggressive, adding creepiness because this was their first interaction.
Although this version had obvious influences from the original play, a lot was changed, especially compared to the earlier film, which was very close in parallel to the play. The concept was modernized; subtracting ideas that might confuse viewers that do not have prior knowledge of the story, and replacing them. Modernization is not a bad thing, but it did not seem to help get the message of the story across in this instance.

Final Comparison
All three versions have their similarities and differences between them. Of course, the storyline was the same in all renditions, but they did have some unique aspects to them individually as well. The 1968 version seemed to be truer to the original Shakespeare play, but the 2013 adaptation was more experimental with the original concepts and produced something new out of a tale that had been told a thousand times before, so one’s opinion of which film is better would come out of what one were looking to get out of the film. Of course, this story is very famous, so if one is planning to retell the story, it is probable that more changes would be made as the story grows older, and as more renditions are born. This age-old love story will continue to be told and remembered in many different ways, because the impact of the play in it’s originality has already stayed relevant for so many years. This story is so easy to recreate and manipulate, so it will continue to be so.

Mar 4 2015

Journal Entry: Love (Song Analysis 1)

*Revised on April 29, 2015
*Revised on May 5, 2015
True love can be whatever the individual experiencing it feels it is. It can be a feeling of intense happiness, comfort, security, or it can be, in some circumstances, sorrow, pain, and longing. As for love at first sight, I believe you can feel lust or aesthetic attraction at first sight, but not love. Love suggests a deep, emotional connection with a person, which doesn’t seem like it can be established the first time you interact said person.

Honestly, I feel as if the two songs we were given, “The Power of Love” by Celine Dion and “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis and the News, didn’t accurately represent the idea of true love, but rather what love can be and/or feel like. A song that I feel better represents the feeling of love is, “She’s the Prettiest Girl at the Party and She Can Prove It With a Solid Right Hook” by frnkiero andthe cellabration. A specific lyric from the song that I think represents love very well is, “Just know that the best that I’ll ever be is whatever you make me and wherever you are…”, because a very prominent feature in most love is feeling like you’re a better person since they’ve been a part of your life; you feel as if being with them improves you as a person. Also, a main element in love is usually feeling very emotional towards them. Sometimes the feeling is happiness because of who they are, or sadness because of something they’re dealing with that you want to help them with. Their emotions can be very easily rubbed off on you, because you sympathize with them and you want to make them happy. This is very well represented by the lyric, “…the things that you say hurt me most of the time, but I’m on your side,”.  The general feel of the song is that love can be hurtful, but it’s worth it if you care about the person enough to stick it through with them, which I feel basically sums up the feeling of love.

She’s the Prettiest Girl at the Party and She Can Prove It With a Solid Right Hook by frnkiero andthe cellabration

Mar 2 2015

Journal Entry: Romeo

July 17th, 1303
I tried to turn to Benvolio to cure my sorrows, but to no avail.
Now he only shares my sorrow, which was not my intention.
A working man approached myself and Benvolio as well today, asking me to read for him.
The list I read was of a party, that of which Benvolio insisted I go.
To examine others, to try and forget…
I do appreciate his efforts, but alas, I doubt any change will take place.
The days grow longer as my heart grows fonder.
I don’t feel like I am myself lately. Only a man made to stand in my place.
I feel imprisoned, in this body, in this town. I feel no escape from my love for her.