What are the respective strengths and weaknesses of Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet and of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, as compared with Shakespeare’s play, in terms of the theory of the nature of love presented in all three?
Please write an essay responding to one of the following prompts. An excellent paper is one that defends an explicit and detailed position on the main point at issue, provides evidence (from the text) in favor of that position, presents full and detailed arguments in support of it, and formulates and replies to possible cogent objections to the position defended. Remember that we are not asking just for your opinion on the questions asked; you must provide reasons for the claims you make. This and the other papers assigned for the course are critical and analytical essays, not research papers. I strongly suggest that you consult no outside sources in the preparation of the paper. If you do consult any outside sources, be sure to provide a detailed research log listing all the sources you consulted and what use you made of them; if you consulted no outside sources, just provide a statement at the end of the paper saying, ‘I consulted no outside sources in preparing this paper’. NOTE: papers must have either a complete research log or the statement that no outside sources were used; any paper which does not include one or the other of these will not be accepted. And please be very careful scrupulously to document outside sources; the University’s prescribed penalty for plagiarism is the assignment of ‘F’ for the course.
Format of this paper: double-spaced, at least 12 point font, at least 1 inch margins all around, length should be 5-6 pages, with the research log or statement not included in this word limit.
CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING PROMPTS:)
1. What are the respective strengths and weaknesses of Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet and of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, as compared with Shakespeare’s play, in terms of the theory of the nature of love presented in all three? Be sure to give evidence from the films and the play when you attribute a theory of love to the author of the work. Which conception of love is the more true to life, and why?
2. When Johannes confides to his diary that he really loves Cordelia—in an aesthetic sense (Hannay p. 321)—is the conception of love he alludes to really a conception of love? Present an analysis of the ways in which Johannes’s conception of love differs from that of Judge Wilhelm. Is either of these conceptions an adequate conception of love? Which one, and why; or if neither one is, say what is lacking in each.
3. What are the commonalities, and what are the differences, between Sartre’s and Beauvoir’s accounts of love? Be sure to provide a description of each account, together with a description of the way in which the account is based on the wider philosophical claims of the author. Which seems to be the more adequate account, and why?