That’s not how I see it….

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Tonight, please write a response to today’s class period by answering the question below.   Please consider all the class discussion and analysis we’ve done regarding the play, the lithograph, and orchestral suite, to help you in your response.  As always, please follow the rules of standard written English and respond to at least one other comment in this thread.

In Shakespeare’s play, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Suite, and Chagall’s painting of Romeo and Juliet, the author, the composer and the artist structure their work with intention.  What aspects of Romeo and Juliet do Shakespeare, Prokofiev, and Chagall choose to emphasize and to leave absent?  What effect do these choices create when you consider them in context of the events of the play?

R&J blog #16

33 thoughts on “That’s not how I see it….

  1. After experiencing the lithograph, suite and play, all centered around Romeo and Juliet, I noticed several things about each one. In the first (the play), Shakespeare includes the most detail of all because his is the baseline work. All of the pieces based on Romeo and Juliet are based off of Shakespeare’s text. His also includes the most detail because his it is the most involved. Instead of hearing and interpreting, the play is rigid and has everything spelled out inside of it. Shakespeare also chooses to emphasize many points. As discussed in class, Romeo and Juliet’s love life takes place almost wholly at night. This is the best time for them to meet and be alone with each other. Shakespeare really shows this, making any scene with the two included take place in the evening. This is illustrated when the two see each other at Juliet’s balcony after Capulet’s party. He says, “I have night’s cloak to hide me from their eyes,/ A d but thou love me, let them find me here.” (ll. 80-81, page 75). I think he does this to characterize their relationship. Romeo and Juliet have to do their work at night, and in doing so they are sneaky and sly, and this reminds me more of night than day. Continuing on, the suite of Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev touches upon different themes in the play than Shakespeare. Instead, he focuses on the dark aspects of the story, i.e. the death of Mercutio, Tybalt, and ultimately the couple. I first noticed this while listening, because often there would be deep notes of music used in the piece. It reminded me of evil, and this related back to the more morbid scenes of text. Lastly, we see Chagall’s painting. When looking at it, I found it to emphasize Romeo and Juliet’s pure love for one another, especially before the death of Mercutio led everything downhill. The piece is very light and happy, with Romeo almost cradling Juliet, and there seem to be no dark colors in it, except for the purple on Juliet’s dress. So what does this purple represent? To me, purple signifies royalty. In the story, Romeo and Juliet are not royalty, yet status puts them very close to it. Yet in literature, and even in life, Romeo and Juliet can be thought of as royalty because of their significance. They are so looked up to an admired, that they are, in fact, royalty. It reminded me of the sonnet 18, as both are basically immortalized in the text. Thus, Romeo and Juliet is a great play, however because of its impact, it led other great works, like the Chagall painting and Prokofiev suite, to come about.

    • I love all of the ideas you brought up, especially the purple symbolizing royalty. I never thought of that. Good job Matt!

  2. Shakespeare’s, Prokofiev’s, and Chagall’s portrayal of Romeo and Juliet all have noticeably similar aspects. In Shakespeare’s play, he puts much emphasis on the theme of duality throughout the story. Light and dark, day and night, Montague and Capulet, life and death, and two lovers in a relationship are all shown as examples of pairs. This can be compared to Marc Chagall’s Romeo and Juliet. In his lithograph, the two lovers are shown hugging each other. A horse is behind them with 2 eyes on one side of the head. I found this interesting because, like Romeo and Juliet, the eyes are together when they shouldn’t be according to regular life. The opposing orange Capulet house and blue Montague house are also present underneath them. After listening to Prokofiev’s Suite, I noticed that the music is soft and upbeat, but suddenly becomes dramatic and serious. You could say the same for the play: Everything is all well and good until a fight breaks up and it turns serious. In Marc Chagall’s lithograph, Romeo and Juliet are suspended in happiness, and even the horse seems to be smiling. However, in the background, a heart is being stabbed which contrasts.

  3. In Shakespeare’s writing, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Suite, and Chagall’s painting, we see their different perspectives of Romeo and Juliet and what they found more insightful and crucial.

    In Shakespeare’s eyes, we constantly see this theme of duality. Romeo and Juliet: they come from two different households which are complete opposites and rivals. Also in their behavior, we see that Juliet is sensible, responsible, and she clearly has her head on her shoulders. In Romeo’s case, when he meets Juliet, he was at a ball to pine over another woman he was supposedly with. He is very irrational and spontaneous. However, despite, all of these differences, they always seem perfect together.

    In Chyagall’s painting of Romeo and Juliet, Romeo has Juliet in his arms, and they fit perfectly into each other, like a yin yang. In addition, there is moon shining brightly on Juliet’s face, symbolizing all of their time together. Romeo and Juliet always spent time during the night, even when they both died. Also another insight that I just realized, Romeo and Juliet’s face were in the moon. In the beginning of the play, the introduction introduces the lovers as star crossed lovers. The artist may have decided to do this because when they died, they were reunited in the stars. Another point I want to bring up is the heart in the top left corner, with the dagger in the corner. In the entire painting, there is love and happiness and green everywhere, and in the top right corner, there appears to be an ominous symbol. This could symbolize how Romeo and Juliet’s love will always have a painful ending.

    In Prokofiev’s music ensemble, there are some parts that sound threatening or dangerous. Romeo and Juliet always met at night, forcing a danger to occur or that constant threat of someone finding out about their love. That danger could also be their death.

    All three works of art highlight important parts of Romeo and Juliet’s work, appreciating their love for each other.

  4. Shakespeare, Chagall and Prokofiev all have different interpretations of the story of Romeo and Juliet, but the general idea behind all of their creations in relatively the same. Shakespeare obviously has the most detail and specificity of them all, as he is the original creator and was able to portray his ideas through words. He offers many examples of duality, and also offers many examples of two people or things that should not belong together. Chagall chooses a different path, as he goes with showing how perfect Romeo and Juliet fit together using a painting. They fit nicely into each other’s arms, and there are also many expressions of things that should not happen, or are unusual in the painting. Finally, Prokofiev offers another way to see Romeo and Juliet, as this is through music. At the start, the song is pleasant and smooth and joyous. But, towards the middle, the piece turns more intense and rough, signalling the time where Romeo kills Tybalt, and shows a change in mood. All three types of creations reflect the story of Romeo and Juliet well, but the painting and the song would not be understood without the story being read first.

  5. Today in class we reviewed the different interpretations of Romeo and Juliet throughout music and art, we listened to Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Suite and we looked at Chagall’s painting of Romeo and Juliet. It was nice to see different perspectives of a work by Shakespeare that we know so well. We have been going through the play while reading and it has been something that was kind of very precise and written in stone. When reading we mostly see that we are looking for what is a fact or what is correct. For example, we know that Romeo and Juliet die in the end, and we know that earlier in the that they also got married. These are things that we know for sure, but what is interesting about the music and the painting is that they leave room for a different take on a classic play. In these versions of the story, we see different aspects of the play that the composer and artist wanted to bring to life, that Shakespeare could not. In the paining, we saw that the colors of brought to life, the houses were blue and red for the different families. They had yellow on the face of the Juliet girl that shows maybe she is the sun, like it said in the play. Many things here, are open for interpretation. We will most likely never really know exactly what the painter or composer were trying to say but it is still beautiful to look at. Getting to look and listen to these works of art was interesting because for once, we were no longer trying to look at the factual evidence, but the beauty underneath everything that has been written.

    • Great Job, Ryan! I fully agree with your points that you made in your response. I liked that you kept your blog concise, but very informational. Keep up the great work!

  6. In Shakespeare’s play, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Suite, and Chagall’s painting of Romeo and Juliet, we see similar and different aspects of Romeo and Juliet. When we analyzed the book we talked about colors. We said how we see light and dark shown. However, in the painting we don’t see that. We see green, red, pink, blue and orange but not light and dark. This may be because Chagall didn’t see the play this way. He may have seen it as different colors, but not light and dark. In the suite it sounds fast. This could be an aspect of Romeo and Juliet’s impulsivity that we see throughout the play. In all three we see the different views. A similarity of all three would be emphasizing an aspect of the play. In the play Shakespeare emphasizes how their love led to the solution of a conflict. In the painting, there is emphasis on Romeo and Juliet’s love. Chagall may have seen how strong their love was and that’s why we see them hugging in the middle of the picture. In the suite, there is clear emphasis on the impulsivity. Maybe Prokofiev saw it as impulsive kids who’s love ended in disaster. This could be why the music is very fast pace. All three are works of art that express a message.

  7. Shakespeare’s, Prokofiev’s, and Chagall’s portrayal of Romeo and Juliet are all considerably similar even though the lithograph is really not too different than a drawing of Paris that is colored in. Shakespeare has clearly defined the theme of duality. A few obvious examples are Romeo and Juliet, Capulet and Montague, light and dark, day and night, love and hate, and even Mercutio and the nurse. Mercutio and the nurse were really the only TWO characters that Shakespeare created for the play. Mercutio is the more witty, intelligent and apathetic, however, the nurse is more emotional and caring. Some similarities in the lithograph is the part with the horse’s eyes. For some reason, they are both on the same side. For some reason, Romeo and Juliet want to be on the same side instead of opposing sides. What we see in the horse is very irregular just like Romeo and Juliet’s relationship. Also, we see them surrounded by green, which in most cases is nature. Every time anything related to love occurs, there is always an abundance of nature surrounding the area. Also, there is a contrast in the blue and orange. One is the Montague and another is the Capulet. On the color wheel, blue and orange are opposite colors so this shows how different they are. Another thing is that Juliet has some yellow on her forehead. When she firsts meet Romeo, after the party, you could say that she is very energetic and happy. Throughout the play, she becomes more and more deceitful and eventually, some may even call it cowardly, she kills herself. The color yellow represents energy and happiness, but can also mean deceitful and cowardice. This may be overthinking things, but it might not be a coincidence. Also, can we do the fighting scene in the beginning in class and act it out?

  8. After analyzing the play, the lithograph, and orchestral suite of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, I have noticed that there are several aspects that are emphasized. These aspects are very significant to the story of Romeo and Juliet and can oftentimes be considered themes. In the play, there is an emphasis on night time and duality. Romeo and Juliet are a couple who come from two feuding families and profess their love for one another at night. Shakespeare really emphasizes this in the text with Romeo and Juliet at night, “I have night’s cloak to hide me from their eyes,/ A d but thou love me, let them find me here.” Next, in Chagall’s painting, there is an emphasis on pure love. This is portraying in the painting with the use of dark and damp colors, with the image of Romeo and Juliet right next to each other ascending over the background. This shows that Romeo and Juliet’s love for each other is extremely strong and can overcome anything. Last but not least, the suite of Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev emphasizes the very dark aspects of the novel. This includes the death Mercutio, Tybalt, Romeo, Juliet, and Lady Capulet. The music was very deep, dark, and scary, which reminded me of the gruesome, and disturbing scenes of the text. As you can see, the play, the lithograph, and orchestral suite of Romeo and Juliet emphasize important parts of Romeo and Juliet’s story and the love they had for each other.

  9. After listening to the music, seeing the piece of art, and reading Shakespeare’s play, I have noticed some things that connects each of these forms of art. Throughout Romeo and Juliet, duality was a constant theme, and the two arts really captured that. In the lithograph, we can see the colors contrasting between the warms and cools. We see colors like green and blue, against yellow and red colors. Also, the blue and red houses can represent the two families in the play, Capulet and Montague. The Orchestral suite also shows signs of duality. There are parts that are soft, while others sound very bold and intense. Duality is a very important idea to highlight, the whole play revolves around two families. Night and day is also a big part of Romeo and Juliet. Love taking place during the night time, and fights occurring in the daylight. This also goes back to the idea of duality, and night and day can be seen in the lithograph, the orchestral suite, and the play itself. First of all, the lithograph has a picture of the moon, with two people inside, maybe Romeo and Juliet because their love took place at nighttime? However, signs of the sun is also shown. The buildings have shadows, so there must be some sunlight. The lithograph has a gloomy atmosphere, so it may be the nighttime, but there are shadows, so it also can be day time. We will never know. Second, the orchestral suite. Again, there are very intense and “dark” parts to the music, and there are very soft parts. The intense music represents the daytime when all the fights occur, while the slow, mysterious music represents the nighttime when all the romantic scenes occur, such as the balcony scene.

  10. We had a really interesting discussion in class today about interpreting Romeo and Juliet as well as interpreting pieces that are based off Romeo and Juliet, whether it be art or music. Let’s talk about Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Suite first. We know that the play really contains its ups and downs, and how the tone can change in a second. We start off with a major fight in the marketplace. This is why the music has such an intense opening. That’s how the play starts. But soon, we hear gentler music. This is when Romeo and Juliet meet. The softer music generally symbolizes Romeo and Juliet’s love, and things start to calm down. But then there is a sudden change in volume, and we hear this much louder, more dangerous sounding music playing, in times of chaos. In this way, Prokofiev manages to convey Shakespeare’s theme of duality not with visual aid, but through music. As for Chagall’s painting of Romeo and Juliet, instead of using music to convey themes, it uses color. First, we see both the red and blue houses, for Capulet and Montague (respectively). Then we see Romeo and Juliet enveloped in a green light. In light, green is a primary color, as well as blue and red (this is different from the colors that we learned for painting and coloring and such, which is red, blue, and yellow). This gives the implication that Romeo and Juliet no longer belong to Capulet or Montague, but something else entirely. Also in Juliet (and a little in Romeo too) we see the color purple. Purple is the color of death, foreshadowing their inescapable fate. As for the horse, he is green on one side, then on the other he becomes purple and totally upside down. This shows that while at first Romeo and Juliet were in love and their relationship seemed to be going well, it ended in a tragic and horrible way. Also, the moon in the top right corner is releasing a dove. Doves symbolize love, so it is possible that the moon, which has always been a symbol of Romeo and Juliet’s love, is finally letting go (we know it symbolizes their love because of the fact that all of the romance between Romeo and Juliet happened at night). There are a lot more elements in this painting that I really do not understand, however. Fo example, why does the horse have two eyes on one side of his face? It the red thing in the top left corner a sun, or possible a heart? Why is it only the arch, which seems to me like the entrance of Verona, the only object in the painting that casts a shadow? Obviously, not all these questions can be answered, or even necessarily have answers. Either way, both of these pieces of art and music portray ideas demonstrated in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in their own unique ways.

  11. The Romeo & Juliet Suite, the painting, and the play have similar perspectives to the story of Romeo and Juliet, yet they are also different. If I were asked which of the painting and the music is more similar to the play, I would say the music is. Parts of it is upbeat but a lot of it sounds like something bad has happened, while the painting emphasizes on the love of Romeo and Juliet. The play I think tells more of sorrow and hatred than love. In the painting, it only shows positive aspects of the play. It shows a dove which represents peace, and it shows Romeo hugging Juliet in a way of protection. Most painters know that black is a very powerful color, so Chagall used a very dark green for an outline and shaded everything with a lighter green. He puts them in the night, holding on to each other with such tenderly love. Chagall’s perspective makes their love feel so romantic and happy, while Prokofiev’s perspective makes it seem more of a dangerous thing and sorrowful.

  12. After reading Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, looking at Chagall’s painting of Romeo and Juliet, and listening to Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Suite, we can see how different art forms emphasize different things. First I will start with the play. The play focuses on certain events that occur, and does not leave much to interpretation compared to the other art forms (other than why someone does something). The play tells a story, so we need to know what exactly happened in order for there to be a plot. Next is the painting. Paintings can show us colors all together, where a play and music cannot. The colors are open to interpretation, like red being love or hate, or purple being royalty or death. This makes it less factual than the play since we don’t know what the artist is thinking. Why use so much green and have the horse have two eyes? Why have the red blob in the corner? We can have our ideas, but the artist is the only one who truly knows the answer. Finally, the music. Music gives you feeling, more so than plays and paintings in my opinion. The composer gets to choose when the music is fast or slow, and loud or quiet. This all convey feelings or messages, which are different for everyone I find this approach to telling a story confusing to interpret. Nothing is really set in stone other than it being Romeo and Juliet- everything is up to the listener. I bet it is hard to convey messages through music too, especially with no lyrics. Overall each art form has its own way of telling the story and each one emphasizes different aspects of a story.

    Also, in class Ms. Quinson asked us which scenes we would like to act out and I really want to see Patsy be Capulet in Act III, scene v, where he yells at Juliet saying that she must marry Paris.

  13. In the play, the painting and the orchestral suite, you can really see how these three creators, Shakespeare, Prokofiev and Chagall tried to convey the story of forbidden love through their art. Instead of focusing on the play (which we have focused on for the past few weeks), I want to focus on the meaning of the two works of art. I listened to Chagall’s score while I did my other homework, and I noticed how the music really shows the entire story. The music started off light, with a lot of violins as to show that beauty of fair Verona, “where we lay our scene.” The music then gets darker and bold at the time the first fight would have taken place, which is so interesting. This goes on for the entire piece, and when you know the story, you understand the meaning of when the music changes. There were flutes and beauty when Romeo and Juliet would meet, and harsh screech like music when the fight between Tybalt and Mercutio happened. I think this was Chagall’s way of us understanding both the beauty and the pain of this tragedy. This music conveys a beautiful story, and this man is so talented. I also loved Prokofiev’s painting. I came up with a theory while looking at it that this painting is supposed to be an image of the prologue in the beginning. “Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene” This is portrayed through the city in the bottom that could possibly be Verona, and it is split into two colors, red-orange and blue. “From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.” This can be shown through the red patch that could possibly be blood or a heart. We know that this line is talking about the fighting between the families, especially between Mercutio and Tybalt. This fight ended in both being stabbed in the heart, and this bloody patch with a dagger in it can symbolize the pain and death that was caused. “From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life.” I think many things can be interpreted to symbolize this line. I think that the horse-like chicken thing could represent the “fatal loins” because both animals and humans have loins, and this deformed creature sure has fatal loins! Also, Romeo and Juliet are found almost in leaves and the moon. This shows that they are perfect in nature, but it was never meant to be. I could go on and on, but I just wanted to say that maybe this painting is reflecting this opening line instead of the whole story.

  14. After analyzing the literary criticism, the play, Profokiev’s overture, and the play itself. Certain themes are highlighted significantly more than others. The themes of duality are especially highlighted in the lithograph. Romeo and Juliet’s embracing each other is the focal point of the lithograph. Them together is the center of the peice, and it’s also the thing of the greatest size. The two of them encapsulate the picture and everything revolves around them and their love similarly to the play. Their loved takes complete control of their life and the center of their worlds and the center of the lithograph. Also the hatred and the anger the Capulets and the Montagues have for each other is perfectly displayed in the Prokofiev’s overture. The passion of Romeo and Juliet’s love, but also the passionate hatred that leads to their deaths.

  15. In Shakespeare’s play, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Suite, and Chagall’s painting of Romeo and Juliet, the artist interpreted the stories in different ways. They did this by emphasising certain ideas such as time and duality. Starting with Shakespeare’s play, he wrote about time and made each scene occur after the other in just a short time. He didn’t mention one month later they were married but instead he showed how the time was flying by when they had fun by having each scene be in the same time period. Next there was Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Suite. This magnificent piece showed the theme of time by incorporating certain pauses at specific in times. Unlike in Shakespeare’s play, Prokofiev found the need to stop after music was playing because it created a feeling of suspense which he felt was more important to show. He showed duality by having instruments that were low pitched and some that were higher. At some points the higher-pitched ones overthrew the lower ones but there were also times that the opposite happens. I think this was incorporated because it shows how at times one thing can over power the other but there is still the small things that are giving you the sense of duality. This is just like when Romeo and Friar Lawrence were discussing the fact that one can overcome the other but there is still a bit left. When I heard the low pitched instruments, the music felt heavy and dark. I think this was also showing the motif of the darkness. Meanwhile, the high-pitched instruments sound lights and happy. Lastly there was Chagall’s painting of Romeo and Juliet. There is a great saying that, “A picture speaks 1000 words.” This painting proves this point. The first thing you see is Romeo and JUliet holding each other and you see that bright colors were used while painting the piece. Personally, I think that there is too much happiness and not enough dark colors which would give the feeling of intensity and tragedy. By leaving out the darker colors, the scene looks a lot brighter and happier which I feel doesnt full incorporate the main ideas of the play. Lastly, the picture showed time through the space between the images. Instead of having things spread out which would give the effect of a long time difference, the images are close together, giving it the feeling that things are happening quickly. In conclusion, all three of the different versions were beautiful and allowed viewers to experience different thought or ideas that they didn’t feel were as important.

    • I enjoyed reading your blog. You mention, when talking about Shakespeare’s play, that “one month later they were married”. Romeo and Juliet were married after one day, not one month. Other than that your blog was great and well addressed the issue.

  16. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, was expressed as many different masterpieces. The three main artworks are Shakespeare’s play, Prokofiev’s orchestral suite, and Chagall’s lithograph. Shakespeare’s play is the original Romeo and Juliet, and so contains the basis for all the other variations. In the play, Shakespeare chooses to emphasize Romeo and Juliet’s impulsivity. Romeo demonstrates impulsivity in many situation such as when he transfers his love to Rosaline, gives a declaration of love to Juliet, and kills Tybalt. Prokofiev’s suite emphasizes the violence and action in the play. When listening to his song, whenever an action scene happens the music abruptly changes to this fast intense music. In some ways, I thought Prokofiev’s suite was better than Shakespeare’s play. The suite was able to show emotion in a way that no writing could. In that way, the suite could better move the audience. Yet if I had no knowledge of the play, the suite wouldn’t make sense and I wouldn’t learn about the play from that. The final masterpiece we looked at was Chagall’s lithograph. The lithograph was able to convey the least amount of information, in my opinion, but it still very important. Chagall emphasizes how perfect Romeo and Juliet are by placing them together in the middle of the artwork. We can notice there is a stabbed heart in the background. Furthermore, the horse represents the horse that was supposed to deliver the letter to Romeo about Juliet’s faked death. Between these messages, Chagall shows the entire story from Romeo and Juliet’s falling in love to their death. Each artwork has its own unique meaning because it was made under different artist, each with there own views. I enjoyed seeing these many interpretations of Romeo and Juliet and look forward to seeing more in the future.

  17. In Chagall’s lithograph of Romeo and Juliet, he intentionally paints much of the lithograph green. At first this may seem like a mistake or a mishap, making the lithograph too simple to be comparable to the intricate plot of Romeo and Juliet, but in fact, it has its own purpose synonymous with a theme in the play. Green is the color of nature and therefore is a very natural, common color. Because it surrounds and even permeates Romeo and Juliet in this Lithograph, I have inferred that the purpose of the common green color is to represent how Romeo and Juliet were meant to be together I also noticed that the dove is being thrown out from behind the moon/coin in the upper right-hand corner. This moon appears to have the faces of Romeo and Juliet on it, and thus, behind or, after Romeo and Juliet are gone, the dove of peace will fly over the houses of Montague and Capulet. Juliet’s progression as a character throughout the play is also represented in the lithograph. We see that at her head, representing the beginning of the story, she is bright and shining with a yellow hue. She then falls into a more natural green hue once she is wed to Romeo, but this quickly changes from green to violet, the color of death, This is about halfway through her development, when Mercutio and Tybalt have died. Romeo is different, however; he starts out natural and comfortable just being with Juliet, but even before Juliet changes hue, he changes from a green to a lighter purple, a softer death for Romeo, with poison rather than the harsh tip of a dagger.

  18. In Shakespeare’s play, Prokofiev’s suite and Chagalls painting many different interpretations of the same plot and storyline are present. Firstly in the original play we see Shakespeare emphasize on the concept of duality. By showing how different Romeo and Juliet are from one another. Juliet being what some would call more masculine and Romeo showing a feminine side to his nature. Overall throughout this play instead of embracing their love he shows how impossible it is and stays on that point through the whole play. Secondly Chagalls painting seems to be depicting the exact opposite with Romeo embracing Juliet. The expressions on their face make them seem almost happy and without a care for anyone finding out. Chagall probably focused on the love of Romeo and Juliet instead of their differences. The colors he used in the painting bring a heartwarming feel to the the painting. The purple on Juliet may have symbolized death of both of them and that they will be together after death. Overall this painting makes the play seem less of a tragedy and more of a happy romantic story.Finally the suite was emphasizing all the vigorous and exciting parts of the play. Most probably fight scenes and a few soothing ends.

  19. After experiencing the three interpretations of Romeo and Juliet, I think it is safe to say I can critique them. Firstly is Shakespeare and his play, Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare has the most detail and ideas in his art, mostly because he is the one that wrote it. All the other things of Romeo and Juliet are just based on what Shakespeare decided to do. He is also the most detailed because of how the play is experienced. All the other things are written and conducted and played and drawn, and they are all beautiful, but they are all based on the play, and they all have a bit of their own interpretations that show through to the work. And then they are all interpreted by the public. With the other works on Romeo and Juliet, so much is left for people to think about and agree or disagree with.in the play it is just out here, it is written, agreed it is not changed. Although we can interpret differently what Shakespeare meant by different scenes and words, but it isn’t interpreted so many different times.

    Unlike the play, the music by Prokofiev is not as detailed. The price is limited, unlike the play, which makes it very hard to hit all of the points that the play did. From what I cpull hear and remember, there was the nice elegant parts, and then the booming viscous violent parts. And it went back and forth a few times, just like the play. But he still wasn’t able to do everything and wasn’t able to completely portray the play.

    In the Chagall’s painting many themes are portraid. We have the dove for peace and love, we have the moon that symbolizes the night time lovers. We have Romeo and Juliet smack right in the middle, big and holding eachother close. As lovely as the peace is, it doesn’t show as much of the play as possible. Sure a painting tells a story in its own way, you don’t need to have them moving in order to understand what is happening, but there was still some key things missing. Lots of the painting were just about love and peace and the two houses. But he could have also left a dagger in the moon or something. Some people, like Ms. Quinson, might think of the block of pink painting the top left is a human heart with a dagger in it, which would further the story of the painting. But I do not believe that so, it looks more like a flower to me, with the two pollin stems instead of a dagger, and polling owing off, or even the color of the flower as those yellowish dots. But just like I said before, all of the works are up for interpretation, but the music and painting are the most easily mistaken (for lack of a better word). Because in the music and painting the artist may have looked at eh at Shakespeare wrote and though, this is what that means. But Shakespeare might have thought it meant something else, but we can’t at sk him so they stick with what they thought it meant. They write is down, or sketch it at send move on and see something else and repeat that many times. Then it is finished attended he public is able to see and heare the work, and it is then our turn to think that it means something but really the artist meant from it to be something else, and Shakespeare might have also meant it to be something else. The farther sown the line we go, the easier it is to get things mixed up and maybe not wrong, but different. Which is why Shakespeare’s
    Play version of Romeo and Juliet is what I view as the only way to actually view the story of Romeo and Juliet.

  20. Through various media forms, the tale of Romeo and Juliet is retold. In class, we reviewed Chagall’s painting and Prokofiev’s composition as alternatives to the literary work of Romeo and Juliet. We see through this the varying and constant themes of the same story. To start, all pieces understand and apply a sense of tense emotions. Whether it be hate through the fighting in the play, and the forte minor chord based melody in the composition, or the love that shines through in the balcony scene of the play, bright colors and coupling in the painting, or calm down times in the composition. Intense emotion and love are present in all. To begin evaluating differences, the play expresses in subtle or not so subtle details the theme of duality, and can be found in any plot device, if examined closely enough. The painting takes place in Paris, possibly to symbolize its romance. The composition uses different points of calm contemplations and brutal uprisings to illustrate the different emotions throughout.

    • Interesting how you say the painting is in Paris, but I thought it was in Verona. Also, I like how you looked at the duality of the painting, and how pairs played a big part in not only the painting but also the play.

  21. When listening to Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet suite, and looking at Chagall’s painting, I found two things present. Nature and emotional n are to big themes I saw throughout both the music and the painting. Of course, within the music the emotion has come clear, but when I heard it, it began with a melancholy tune, as if Romeo was still pining for Rosaline, it picked up a little later, as if Romeo had his first night with Juliet, when they saw each other at Capulet’s ball. When the different tones of the instruments Meshed together, it felt as if the music found a natural state, but still ebbing and flowing. Just like in Chaggall’s painting, with the green as Romeo and Juliet’s background, flowing through with naturally different shades, with the couple floating around through the spacious green sky.
    When the beginning started with a bang, it was as if the two sides crashed, as if in turmoil. Just like the red and blue houses in the background of the beautiful couple. Not only does the music calm down, on Juliet’s dress the color purple appears, which is the color of blue and red mixed together. Them being in the green together may show how their relationship is more natural than the bright colors of their opposing houses.

  22. Shakespeare, Prokofiev, and Chagall choose to emphasize certain parts of the plot in their work. By specifying these aspects of the play, we are able to take an understanding to ideas that we previously may not have been considering. Both Prokofiev and Chagall focus on different ideas that leave the audience with plenty of questions and even more answers.

    For starters, we have Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Suite. This orchestra of instruments does an excellent job at telling the story of Romeo and Juliet. The music starts off chaotic with the fighting scene, and then transitions into almost a dream-like tone of music when Romeo first discovers Juliet. The pace of the music Then hastens, showing Romeo’s haste to marry Juliet. At this point, the music remains calm and fairly neutral, showing the mainly calm events leading up to their wedding. Once at the wedding, the orchestra provides a very emotional section that pulls on the heart, truly emphasizing the beauty of the piece. For the rest of the play, everything sounds dramatic, displaying fighting and sudden death of our two lovers. The aspect of the play that was most emphasized from my perspective was the marriage. The group pulls you into the scene and makes you imagine the joy Romeo and Juliet must have felt at their wedding, distracting the audience of the horrible events that will occur from their marriage. It shows that while distracted by love, they will not think of the future, and will instead live in the present.

    As for Chagall’s painting, it’s much more confusing to look at because there is a lot more going on. In the background, there is the city of Verona in many different colors. My interpretation of these colors is that they represent the divide among the Montagues, Capulets, and common people. We’ve seen colors used to show what “side” people are on, so it would make sense that it is similar here as well. With every building being a different color, it draws the viewer to look at all the buildings. In a similar manner, all the characters in Romeo and Juliet are too busy focusing on their dignity to deal with genuine problems. Chagall helps us focus on the houses being different colors to understand how distracting it can be when there are so many differences around. Two women are also present in the painting, and they are holding each other like family. This could either be Juliet and Lady Capulet, or it could be Juliet and the nurse. I believe it is Lady Capulet because she is dressed in an outfit that looks more on the royal side than on a nanny-style outfit. This would signify that even throughout all the events, Lady Capulet still loves Juliet, no matter how stubborn she was about marriage.

  23. After reading the play, listening to the suite, and looking at the lithograph all about Romeo and Juliet, I noticed many things. In the suite, I noticed that Prokofiev stopped the orchestra for a few seconds near the end. Some of the audience members started clapping because they thought (and I did too at first) that the piece was over. But then I realized that if it were to end there, it would not be accurate, since the piece would therefore end on a happy note. This was not the case in the play. Romeo and Juliet died and the ending was very tragic. When Prokofiev then started playing again and finished the piece on a very sad and melancholy note, I understood why he did that. In Shakespeare’s play, there is a small part at the end when everything seems as if it’s going to be alright. Juliet would pretend to be dead, Romeo would get the letter and come for her, and they would live happily ever after. But things would take a wrong turn once Romeo receives the news of Juliet’s death early and kills himself out of sadness. Prokofiev seemed to have wanted to emphasize that even though things are looking good now, they will stay that way. My mom always says, “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.”. This applies here. Everything was planning to go smooth until everything went wrong. Chagall in his painting, includes many colors. Although the play is a tragedy, Chagall’s painting makes the play look a little more happier than it should. The colors are also very bright. There are greens, purples, blues, oranges, and yellows. In the play, most of the meeting and loving was done at night, but here Chagall makes it look like the day. But Chagall got Romeo and Juliet’s love for one another completely right. They are hugging each other and are very happy. Of course Shakespeare’s play was the most detailed and full of meanings since he wrote the original play. He has the most images and themes in his work. All three of the pieces on Romeo and Juliet were very expressive and very good.

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