Shakespeare Love Essay
The movie that is being compared to a story here is one of the all-time best. The main theme portrayed in "Shakespeare in Love" is a love that is never meant to be. "Shakespeare in Love" parallels the play Shakespeare is currently working on, Romeo and Juliet, in which love is not meant to be due to the many obstacles in the way. Shakespeare's life in the film is very comparable to Romeo's life in Romeo and Juliet. William Shakespeare's life in the film and the play he is writing has several similarities and differences. In my opinion, this is one of the best movies and books to compare.
"Shakespeare in Love" is a fairly accurate representation of the life of William Shakespeare at the time he was writing Romeo and Juliet. The young writer at the beginning of the film, is experiencing writer's block. He is writing, but is confused. Will's first inspiration is Rosalind, a woman that has stolen Romeo's heart at the beginning of the play. "Romeo and Rosaline. Scene one. God, I'm Good." (Norman pg.20). This shows how Will is inspired by Rosaline. It is not until he encounters the young noblewoman, Viola de Lesseps, that he discovers true love. This love that he meets is the one who takes his heart and is so special. The connection between Will and the woman he fell are love with is so special. Ultimately this movie is about the making of a great play, but most importantly it is about the power of words. The way they speak to each other is just like a play and it is true love being spoken.
This is a connection that is love which, is never meant to last. In Romeo and Juliet, both Romeo and Juliet fall in love with each other as soon as they lay eyes on each other. The difference from this movie and the play, Romeo and Juliet, is that Will and Viola find love but they do not proceed it to the level it needs to go. However, in "Shakespeare in Love," both William and Viola feel true love at first sight, but it is more of an image that Viola falls in love with. She has fallen in love with some that she sees and everything about the poet. The mystique that surrounds William Shakespeare is uncontrollable and that is what she loves no matter what is wrong. It is after she spends more and more time with him that she begins to fall in love with the real William, but it is not meant to be, because she is to marry someone else. Viola has been set up with a man who she has to marry. It is the law that she not to cheat on her future husband. The fact that Viola fell in love with a reputation hints that maybe there was never love at first sight; therefore they were never meant...
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Shakespeare In Love
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Shakespeare in Love is a fictional
story about the writing of William Shakespeare's Romeo
and Juliet. Shakespeare, played by Joseph Fiennes, is in
the middle of what could be a disastrous writer's block. His
idea for the play, which should be completed, is a pirate
comedy entitled Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter.
But Will is stuck, his shrink asks him how long it has been
since he has been with a woman and advises him that that is
what he needs. Auditions are held since the players' troup
is out on tour. All the not so actors are pitiful. Except for
Thomas Kent, the alias given by Viola, played by Gwyneth
Paltrow. Women at this time are not allowed on stage in
public. After Shakespeare shows interest, this character
runs away to her estate where a party is being held. He
follows Thomas into this party to later find love at first sight
in Viola. Thomas once again shows up to receive her part
in the play as Romeo. While Will and Thomas are talking,
Shakespeare pours his heart out, telling about this
wonderfully beautiful woman, Thomas's cousin. Somehow,
they end up kissing. Now that Will has this woman, his
writers block is cured, he goes on to write Romeo and
Juliet through his true-life actions in his affair with Viola. At
the end of the movie they put on the play through all the
hardships, in the company of Queen Elizabeth. I greatly
enjoyed this movie, even though it is not a typical movie of
my preference. The truth is that I would have never gone to
see this movie if extra credit was not given. I was delighted
to see an extremely entertaining movie. I was also amazed
at all the references that I would not have not caught if it
weren't for English Literature and history covered this year
and by reading Romeo and Juliet two years ago. Freshmen
year, while reading the play, I repeatedly caught myself
thinking, "I don't understand a thing they are saying.
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Shakespeare In Love English Literature Queen Elizabeth Viola Freshmen Pirate Block Preference Pitiful
is the point of reading this?" Now I come to find it
entertaining. I also enjoyed seeing the humor and
wickedness of Elizabeth I. The movie displayed the point
that people were in desperate need of entertainment at that
time. I found it interesting to see the difference between the
classes of people at that time; the Aristocrats were cruel
and heartless while the commoners were truly disgusting. I
walked out of the theatre with a different opinion on
Shakespearean works and movies about the English.