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Romeo and Juliet: The Movie

William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is fully summarized in Shakespeare’s prologue: “Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona where we lay our scene. From ancient grudge break to new mutiny where civil blood make civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes, a pair of star crossed lovers who take their life” (Universal, 1996). This movie is a masterful culmination of the director’s phenomenal ability to create a powerful introduction, to select a realistic, but surreal setting, to choose realistic actors, and to enact specialized dramatic effects.

Sitting in the theater, watching this movie for the first time, I heard static break in to interrupt the beginning credits. A newscaster, sounding serious, came on the screen in a special report. I sat up to pay attention. She was reporting a tragedy that had recently happened in some place called Verona. I was pulled in thinking it to be a true special report. Ah-hah!! It was a trick. A trick to get people to do just what I did. Trained are we to listen to newscasts, our life-line in present day society, where we receive a lot of our information. A trick, and I fell for it–so did everyone else–how clever. Then the sound of crying, chorusing angels screaming angry chants echoed around the theater (great surround sound effect). Images (clips from the movie) flashed sporadically on the screen. A dark, sinister voice retold Shakespeare’s prologue given in the telecast moments before. The angels were still screaming, and then, silence. A big truck flashed on the screen and gave a hearty engine growl. The truck sped loudly down the road. Stringy electric guitars and booming drums thump a loud vengeful beat. The Montague bo…

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…that I know would make Shakespeare himself blush to see how his story has touched so many, so positively in the near twenty-first century.

Works Cited

Streisand, Betsy. “Looking for Mr. Good Bard this fall.” U.S. News and World Report. 11 Nov. 1996. (5 May 1997).

Lyons, Donald. “Lights, Camera, Shakespeare.” Commentary. Feb. 1997. (5 May 1997).

Rozen, Leah. “William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.” People Weekly. 11 Nov. 1996. (5 May 1997).

Johnson, Brian D. “Souping up the Bard.” Maclean’s. 11 Nov. 1996. (5 May 1997).

Luhrmann, Baz, dir. William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. With Leonardo DiCaprio and Clare Danes. Universal Pictures Production, 1960.

The Heroes of Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried

The Heroes of Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried

The word “hero” is so often used to describe people who overcome great difficulties and rise to the challenge that is set before them without even considering the overwhelming odds they are up against. In our culture, heroes are glorified in literature and in the media in various shapes and forms. However, I believe that many of the greatest heroes in our society never receive the credit that they deserve, much less fame or publicity. I believe that a hero is simply someone who stands up for what he/she believes in. A person does not have to rush into a burning building and save someone’s life to be a hero. Someone who is a true friend can be a hero. A hero is someone who makes a difference in the lives of others simply by his/her presence. In Tim O’Brien’s novel, The Things They Carried, the true heroes stand out in my mind as those who were true friends and fought for what they believed in. These men and women faced the atrocities of war on a daily basis, as explained by critic David R. Jarraway’s essay, “‘Excremental Assault’ in Tim O’Brien: Trauma and Recovery in Vietnam War Literature” and by Vietnam Veteran Jim Carter. Yet these characters became heroes not by going to drastic measures to do something that would draw attention to themselves, but by being true to their own beliefs and by making a difference to the people around them.

One of the most striking examples of a hero in O’Brien’s novel is the character Elroy Berdahl in the story “On the Rainy River.” Berdahl runs the Tip Top Lodge near the Canadian border and takes O’Brien in at a point in his life where he feels he has nowhere and no one to turn to. Berdahl does not question O’Brien or try to persuad…

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King, Rosemary. “O’Brien’s ‘How to Tell a True War Story.'” The Explicator. 57.3 (1999): 182. Expanded Academic ASAP.

Lopez, Ken. “Tim O’Brien: An Introduction to His Writing.” Ken Lopez – Bookseller. 1997. 8 Oct 1999. .

Passaro, Vince. “The Things They Carried (Review).” Harper’s Magazine. 299.1791 (1999): 80. Expanded Academic ASAP.

Robinson, Daniel. “Getting It Right: The Short Fiction of Tim O’Brien.” Studies in Contemporary Fiction. 40.3 (1999): 257. Expanded Academic ASAP.

The student may wish to begin the paper with the following quote:

Ah for a young man

all looks fine and noble if he goes down in war,

hacked to pieces under a slashing bronze blade

he lies there dead. . .but whatever death lays bare

all wounds are marks of glory. (Homer 22.83-87)

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