Romeo and Juliet/ Waiting to Exhale Literary analysis
Director Frank Ziffirelli’s created a movie based on Shakespeare’s classic “Romeo and Juliet” in 1968. Forest Whitaker” made a movie based on a Terry McMillan’s book entitled “Waiting to Exhale”. Though different in many ways they both show similarities in the balcony scenes. When watching the two balcony scenes if you pay attention to the characters’ actions, clothing, music and background; you will see where the movies are similar and how they differ.
The balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet were similar in many ways. First in “Waiting to Exhale,” Troy showed up apparently drunk to see Robin who was sitting on her balcony. In “Romeo and Juliet,” Romeo after drinking with his friends went to see Juliet who was on her balcony as well. Romeo and Troy show similarities by showing up to see the women of their interest and expressing their feelings after they have been drinking. Romeo then made his way up to see Juliet on her balcony. While Troy attempts to make his way up the stairs to Robin wouldn’t let him inside. There were more than just the characters actions that made the two scenes similar.
The two movies also showed similarities in more ways such as background, music, and clothing. In the beginning scene of “Waiting to Exhale” as Troy approaches there are a lot of trees in the background. In “Romeo and Juliet,” Romeo is watching Juliet on her balcony while hiding in the woods. The scenes also show similarities in the music. Although the music was different, they both were ballads. The vest that Troy had on could be looked at as a representation of the vest that Romeo was wearing. Also Robin wearing a shirt that could be compared to the night wear that Juliet was wearing.
William Shakespeare’s tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, set in 15th century Verona, tells the story of two star-crossed lovers, who find each other in the midst of violence and rivalry fuelled by an ancient feud between their families. Within the well-known balcony scene in Act 2, Scene 2, both characters use a variety of imagery, including cosmic and celestial, that which relates to objects and scenery ...
Even though the balcony scene in “Romeo and Juliet” was similar to the one in “Waiting to Exhale,” they were different in many ways. In the “Romeo and Juliet the two characters expressed their love for one another. In “Waiting to Exhale,” it showed Robin and Troy showing their dislike for each other through harsh words. Romeo went to see Juliet at nighttime and they were talking in a discrete manner. Troy went to see Robin in the daytime in a louder public fashion.
The cultural difference in the two movies were obvious, But overall both movies showed a man and a woman sharing their feelings for each other while the man stood watching the woman on her balcony. Even though you can hardly compare the two movies you can’t help but notice the similarities that the two share.
Romeo and Juliet. Dir. Franko Zeffirelli. Per. Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting. Paramount
Waiting to Exhale. Dir. Forest Whitaker. Perf. Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett. Twentieth Century Fox, 1995.