R&J act two song analysis

Act two of Romeo and Juliet brings a lot of love to the picture, and both Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” and Ne-yo’s “Closer” represent that same love. However, I have to say that Mrs. Swift’s song is the more true choice.

The turning point for me is the line in Love Story that says “daddy says stay away from Juliet”. This line represents the rivalry in the play between the two houses. The song is clearly based on the story of Romeo and Juliet, and there are plenty of references to prove that. Long story short, I love Taylor swift, and she makes some of the best music.

Romeo and Juliet: Balcony Scene Comparison *Culminating*


“Romeo and Juliet (1968 Film).” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Web. 11 June 2015.

In Romeo and Juliet, there are many important scenes that hold strong purpose. The balcony scene in my opinion is the most significant one.

It is amazing to me just how many things differ between the 1968 film’s representation and the 1996 movie from the position of Juliet, to acting style and wardrobe choices.


Position of Juliet:

The position of Juliet seems to be the largest difference between the two representations. When I read the play and it described Juliet up on the balcony, I did not think that any director would change such an important event. This was true for the 1968 film and Juliet was up on the balcony while Romeo was looking up at her in awe. In this scene it was clear that Juliet was more important than Romeo, and Romeo would do whatever he could to get to her and see her. I believe that this may be due to the recent debate of gender roles. In the 1996 film, both man and woman are at the same level and no one is looking up to the other. The fact that the old scene was set at an old castle and the new one was at a pool doesn’t make that much of a difference, but the position of Juliet is.


Acting Style:

Starting with Romeo, In the 1968 film he is very over dramatic and loud. He is not the only one in the original film that is like this. The majority of the characters in the 1968 film are very obnoxious and this makes the movie a lot less realistic to me. In the 1996 movie, Romeo and Juliet are very quiet while they meet at the pool. The acting seems to be very toned down in this film. The more realistic acting makes the event a lot more believable in modern day circumstances. I think that maybe movies were a lot different way back in 1968, and movies have evolved to be a bit more realistic.



“Ay Me! Romeo and Juliet In Education (Part 1 of 2).” Literary Undertakings. 26 Apr. 2015. Web. 11 June 2015.

This one relies almost entirely on the time that the film was set. In the 1968 version, the clothing reminded me of a medieval time period. The poofy dresses, and parachute pants really give it a King Arthur feel. But, the wardrobe was very impressive and I could tell that a lot of work went into the creation of the costumes. It is amazing to see the detail in the fabrics and I respect the designers for that. The wardrobe choices in the 1996 film are almost polar opposites in some ways. The wardrobe was significantly toned down in the more recent film, alike the acting style. The costumes were still very impressive in the way that they express each of the characters. If I had to choose a favorite, I would have to say that I like the newer wardrobe. This is likely due to the fact that their clothes aren’t too far off of modern dress.



Romeo and Juliet is truly a classic love story, and there is no reason not to recreate it every once in a while in a film. Shakespeare had his own vision of the characters in his mind and on the stage, and every director will alter it to how they visualize it. It is amazing how different two people could imagine the same play, but it is true, and that is why the 1968 and 1996 films are so different, yet the same.

Post #1: 25 Must-Do Activities For Summer 2015 *Culminating*

“Neri & Daphne – SUMMER 2015.” Journey Of Us RSS. Web. 10 June 2015. <http://journeyofus.com/index.php/2014/11/03/summer-2015/>.

This summer will be my second of high school, and I can’t wait to put this grade 10 year behind me. I have always wanted to make bucket lists, but never got around to it. This is the perfect opportunity and I can share my list with the internet! Here goes nothing! Below are 25 of the activities I won’t go without this summer.

  1. I’m a big Spotify user, and I still need to put together a summer playlist. Best part about it is that you can keep adding more songs as they come out!
  2. Frequent BBQ, I love a good burger and there are a lot of opportunities to snag one in the summertime.
  3. Buy more swim shorts. I have been growing since grade 9, and none of my suits fit.
  4. Go camping. This is an annual vacation for my family, and I never get tired of a good road trip.
  5. Get my G1 licence. I turned 16 this spring and haven’t had time to take the test yet, I wan’t to practice driving while school is off.
  6. Drive the boat! I’ve had it out twice this year so far, but once the weather get’s nicer she’ll be in the water a lot more often.
  7. Tubing. Why have a boat if you’re not going to have a little fun? I’ll drag my family and friends behind the boat but more fun than that, I’ll have a few rides.
  8. SLEEP IN. I don’t know about you, but I enjoy a little time to catch some z’s.
  9. Train. Football season has come to an end, but I need to stay in shape during the off-season.
  10. Make some money. I haven’t gotten a job yet, but I have one lined up this summer to help pay for a laptop for grade 11.
  11. Even out my farmers tan…
  12. Go fishing. I love a warm summer morning on the lake, doesn’t matter if we catch much.
  13. Go to British Columbia. My sister is working at a resort there, and I’d like to visit her (and the Rockies).
  14. See some fireworks on Canada Day.
  15. Help my mom finish her basement. It’s a work in progress at the moment.
  16. Spend less time on the internet, and more outside.
  17. Eat watermelon on a regular basis. The perfect fruit for a hot summer day is priceless.
  18. Visit the ocean. Even if it is just down at Virginia beach, I love saltwater swims. I also didn’t get a chance last year.
  19. No shirt, No shoes. When it get’s nice outside, it’s time to let some skin free and enjoy the feeling of grass between your toes.
  20. Go to Wonderland. This one is more for a cool day at the end of the summer, since it’s way too hot on the coasters when it’s 30 degrees outside.
  21. Read a couple good books. I like to read in the shade of my backyard from time to time.
  22. Play some sports. One of my all time favorites is a good game of road hockey, but even some soccer or baseball can make a great day.
  23. Go to almost all of the Tiger Cats games. I’ve got season tickets again this year, and I just bought a new hat to represent my home team!
  24. Go see a few Blue Jays games over in Toronto. Rogers Centre is beautiful with the dome open, and the Jays aren’t too bad this year.
  25. Hang out with friends. I’m sure not going to enjoy this summer  by myself, and friends always turn good into great.

So there it is, my 25 activities for this summer. While planning things can be nice, I still believe that the improvised events that summertime unfolds are the best ones.

Leave a comment down below if we have a few things in common, or you know of something awesome that I might miss out on!

Child Vaccination – Do or Don’t?

The topic of whether or not child vaccination is good or bad has been very hot recently. The choice between getting your children vaccinated can be an extremely hard one, and that decision may impact the health of your child for life. In my opinion, I would get my kids vaccinated in a heartbeat, but across North America more and more parents are deciding to opt out of the process that has been the norm for decades.

Children are receiving vaccines as soon as possible to prevent diseases like “Measles”.

In all, vaccines have brought seven major human diseases under some degree of control – smallpox, diphtheria, tetanus, yellow fever,whooping cough, polio, and measles.[1] All of these diseases were feared and faced by plenty of people before vaccines were introduced. With the horrible effects of these diseases permanently remembered in history, why would one even consider avoiding vaccination in the first place?


The answer is simple: fear. Vaccines can cause serious and sometimes fatal side effects and can contain harmful ingredients. Meanwhile, others state that they believe that the government should not intervene in personal medical choices.[2] According to the CDC (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), all vaccines carry a risk of a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) in about one per million children. Understandably, this could easily worry parents into second guessing vaccination without first contacting their doctor or doing their own research with an open mind. While many different ingredients are considered to be dangerous for different reasons, thimerosal, a mercury compound is the most popular among the anti-vaccine community. This is the substance that some physicians believe is linked to autism. While time and time again, physicians and doctors across the globe have disproved any significant link to autism, the fear of having a child with autism drives parents away from vaccines. Rob Ring Chief Science Officer, Autism Speaks, an organization supporting those with autism, states that “Over the last two decades, extensive research has asked whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism.  The results of this research are clear: Vaccines do not cause autism.  We urge that all children be fully vaccinated.” [3] Yet still parents will conspire against their doctors and the government and avoid getting their children vaccinated.


In an episode of a popular Youtube series “Scishow” Hank Green discusses the science of anti-vaccination.

I am pro vaccination along with the majority of others who also understand the benefits of a vaccinated child. Vaccines can save children’s lives. The American Academy of Pediatrics states that “most childhood vaccines are 90%-99% effective in preventing disease.” and to me, this statistic significantly outweighs the one in a million chance of anaphylactic fatality. [4] Also, Vaccines are proven to be effective simply due to the fact that the majority of the horrid diseases from the past are unknown to the current population. If you asked a highschool student what smallpox was, you would likely get an answer but only that they have heard of it. The smallpox disease has been eliminated by vaccines, and other diseases are well on their way to extinction. The whooping cough was a widespread disease that caused a fever of over 105 degrees and in some cases, seizures. [5] Because of the whooping cough vaccination, 64 percent of cases are prevented worldwide, every year. [1] While today, nobody thinks twice about catching a disease, before vaccinations were introduced diseases like smallpox were living nightmares.


The host of a popular American talk show invites doctors to express their feelings regarding the anti-vaccine movement.

“The smallpox was always present, filling the churchyards with corpses, tormenting with constant fears all whom it had stricken, leaving on those whose lives it spared the hideous traces of its power, turning the babe into a changeling at which the mother shuddered, and making the eyes and cheeks of the big hearted maiden objects of horror to the lover.”

-T.B. Macaulay, The History of England from the Accession of James II, Vol IV

This quote is just one example of how a now preventable disease can tear apart the population, and how serious these diseases were at the time. I can only imagine what it was like to live with these diseases alive and present, and I admit that I am very lucky to live in a time where these diseases have mainly been erased or highly controlled.

Child vaccination and the fact that some parents are avoiding it is a very complicated issue. But, with so many facts pointing to the safety and importance of child vaccination it is hard to find any significant reason to avoid vaccines. I say that we stick to what has worked, and is still working, listen to our doctors, and consider the history of disease before making an uneducated decision.


How do you feel that doctors and other medical professionals could approach the anti-vaccine community? Do you think that children’s vaccination should be up to the parents? Why? Leave your responses in the comment section below and start a conversation of your own.


“Vaccines Bring 7 Diseases under Control.” Vaccines Bring 7 Diseases under Control. Web. 20 Apr. 2015. . http://www.unicef.org/pon96/hevaccin.htm [1]

“Vaccines ProCon.org.” ProConorg Headlines. Web. 20 Apr. 2015. .  http://vaccines.procon.org/ [2]

“Vaccines and Autism.” Autism Speaks. Web. 20 Apr. 2015.  https://www.autismspeaks.org/science/policy-statements/information-about-vaccines-and-autism [3]

“AAP.org.” AAP.org. Web. 20 Apr. 2015.  https://www.aap.org/en-us/Pages/Default.aspx [4]

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 10 Nov. 2014. Web. 20 Apr. 2015.  http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/pertussis/fs-parents.html [5]

Romeo and Juliet Movie Comparison

Romeo and Juliet Movie Comparison

Trent Arnold                                                                                April 6th, 2015

When watching two of the most popular Romeo and Juliet films back to back I found myself more often than not thinking about the various different ways the directors recreated the same story. After finishing the first scene however, I narrowed down the list to five contrasting elements that stood out to me in the 1968 and 2013 movies.


  • Realistic or not?

  • In the 1968 version, the actors seemed to be very over dramatic, this reminds me of characters in a comedy who are always looking for attention and wanting to be center stage
  • In the 2013 version, the acting and the way the director envisioned the scenes is more believable to be real compared to the older film. I see the actors as more realistic and could see the events happening in real life.
  • Theme:

  • The older movie seems to be more of a comedic film, and has a lot of over exaggeration and silly moments. This takes away from the seriousness of Romeo and Juliet’s love for eachother and forces the viewer to step back and examine whether or not their “love” is serious.
  • The latter appears to be significantly more serious. The reading of the script tends to be tuned down a bit, with less emotion at times. To me, this makes the movie less comedic and more of a dramatic love story.
  • Following along with the script:

  • The original movie was a bit longer than the 2013 edition, which meant that the film crammed in a lot more detail than the shorter, newer movie. This made it harder to follow along with since some of the less important scenes in the script were exaggerated in the movie.
  • With a shorter amount of film, came less small details and a simpler plot. This made it very easy to follow along with while at my desk with my copy of the script beside me.
  • Wardrobe:

  • The wardrobe in the older movie seemed to be very colorful and poofy. With the recording technology at the time, the costumes don’t look as good as they could. For example, it was hard to tell whether or not an outfit had smooth or rough fabric because of the blurrier picture. Other than that, the wardrobe looked similar to other images of people in that time period.
  • The newer film seems to be set in more of a medieval timeframe, and the wardrobe follows suit. Less colour is seen in the characters outfit’s but the image is clearer and the beauty of the costume design is seen well.
  • Casting/How I imagined the characters:

  • The 1968 film was surprisingly close to how I imagined the characters looked like. Since plenty of classmates stressed about the young age of Juliet, I expected a young actress, which the movie used. Romeo looks more mature than Juliet, and I expected that too, since he had already been looking at girls for a while.
  • The 2013 movie was a lot different than the characters I imagined when reading the script. I believe that this might be because we watched the 1968 version first, and the characters were still fresh in my mind, but still I think Romeo and Juliet look older than they are said to be in the script.

Romeo and Juliet News Report

Man Warned After Thumb Biting Incident

Verona man get’s warning by the prince for his use of public thumb biting

Trent Arnold – Drama Reporter

Verona, Italy – A few verona men were caught thumb biting in the streets this sunday June 17th, 1303.

Sampson and Gregory of the Capulet house, were wandering the streets of Verona when they ran into Abram of the Montague house. After the two sides exchanged harsh words with one another, Sampson proceeded to bite his thumb at Abram. This led to a heated situation and started a fight between the members of rivalled families.

When asked about his view of the commotion, Benvolio of the Montagues stated: “Here were the servants of your adversary, and yours, close fighting ere did I approach.(1.1.108-110)

Prince Escalus then entered the street to stop the fighting in his city and warned everyone of their fate if this fighting would continue: “If you ever disturb the streets again, your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace.(1.1.98-99)”

Lady Montague, concerned for her son’s whereabouts asked, “Oh where is Romeo? Saw you him today? Right glad I am he was not at this fray.(1.1.118-119)”

Reflection Questions:

a) Reflect on yourself as a writer. What do you consider to be your strengths? Where do you feel you need improvement?

I think that I am a lot stronger when writing opinion pieces or about topics that I am interested in. In my opinion my spelling and grammar are pretty good, and following structure isn’t too difficult. I think I need to find a way to get the same meaningful writing into work that maybe I’m not too motivated about, and stop putting these tasks off because I don’t enjoy writing them. 

b) What is your approach to proof reading your work?

My proofreading process is fairly simple. After writing the piece, I read it over as if I was someone from my audience. I look for sentences that sound funny, and other things like thoughts that could be moved around to work better with the whole paragraph.

c) What was the hardest suggestion to implement while revising this work and why?

I would definitely say that adding a whole new quote to the article was the hardest part. A quote can be a very important part in a news article, and I wanted it to capture a moment in the script.

d) In the future, how can you ensure that you are submitting the most polished piece possible for evaluation?

I should make sure that I start writing early and give myself time to edit and revise. Also, try to keep an open mind about the theme of the assignment. Even if I don’t enjoy the topic, it still has to be done and I want my work to be written just as well as a piece I am passionate about.

Journal Entry #2

What is True Love?


I believe that true love is a way of describing meaningful connections between two human beings. This is usually followed by signs of affection and care for the other through marriage and support for one another.

 I also believe that love at first sight exists. I don’t think that everyone can experience this phenomenon, but everyone’s brain works differently and with so many claims of love at first sight, I can’t bring myself to deny it’s existence.

In my opinion, the version that best represents the theme of love in “Romeo and Juliet” is Celine Dion’s “The Power of Love”. Her soft and powerful voice reminds me of the girlish whining what Romeo goes on and on with from around (1.1.165-245). For example, Romeo: (1.1.205) “Tut, I have lost myself. I am not here.” and Celine Dion in line 30 of “The Power of Love” she says: “Lost is how i’m feeling lying in your arms”. These quotes both express how love has made them lost, making Celine Dion’s version very similar to the love in Romeo and Juliet.

Journal Entry #1

From the Perspective of Juliet:

Today I had a serious conversation with the Nurse. She want’s me to marry as my parents insist so dearly. I do not know if I am ready to grow up with someone I truly love. I am not but fourteen and I am being forced to choose a husband for my children, and the man of the family for my future. I have always believed in love at first sight, and with Paris, that feeling has not yet come to me. I am aware that there are plenty of mothers my age, but in my heart I truly believe that I’m not ready to raise a child as of now. I will sleep tonight pondering of what I shall decide. Should I go through with Paris? Will I search for true love? Only time will tell.