Shakespeare in Love a Film by John Madden Essay
Shakespeare in Love a Film by John Madden
Write down 20 words that will help you remembering the plot of the film. Theatre, Queen Elizabeth, actors, audition, Thomas Kent, Viola, complicated/forbidden love, Wessex is going to marry Viola, Christopher Marlowe gets killed, “Romeo and Juliet” * Describe William Shakespeare as a character in the film William’s character in the film a lot like Romeo’s. William is also charming, handsome and in love with a woman he’s not allowed to be with. * Why can’t William and Viola have each other?
William is poor. He’s an actor and play writer. He’s a man who is struggling to get great money out of his work. Viola is the exact opposite. She and her family are rich and live in a big house. She even has her own nurse that takes care of her like she was her own daughter. That’s properly one of the reasons why they can’t be together; they live so different lifes, but also because William is already married and Viola promised to marry the dour Lord Wessex. I think it’s mostly, because she has to marry the dour Lord Wessex. * What does “Break a leg” mean?
When you work at a theater, you usually use the expression “Break a leg”, when you’re about to make a performances because it means good look. * What impression did you get of the time when the story takes place? The way people dress, behave and talk.
* How does the meeting with Viola De Lesseps change Will? A short time before William even meets Viola. He thought that, he had lost his gift. The moment he meets her, his beautiful words with just flew out his mouth like he was born too write wonderful poems. * When does Will realize that Thomas Kent is Viola?
Viola is sitting on the boat as Thomas Kent and William is sitting there too and while the two of them is having passionate conversation about the love for one and other (William thinks he is speaking to the actor Thomas Kent). Viola can’t hold the secret from him anymore, because she knows that she can’t be with him any longer. And before she even thinks, she kisses him. * Why does Will think that he has killed a man?
Will was the one the dour Lord Wessex wanted dead. The dour Lord Wessex knew William as Christopher Marlowe, so he sent out his “people” to kill Christopher Marlowe. Will felt guilty because if he didn’t pretend to be Christopher he wouldn’t have been killed because of him. * Why does Christopher Marlowe die?
William pretended to be Christopher Marlowe, when the dour Lord Wessex demanded to know who he was. Right after he had had a romantic dance with the beautiful Viola at the dancing. I think Lord Wessex was jealous, when he saw the connection between Will and Viola. * Do you see any connections between “Romeo & Juliet” and the romance between Will and Viola? I definitely see the connection. When I see Will and Viola, I see Romeo and Juliet. The characters look so much alike. When Will wrote about Romeo and Juliet and their love for each other he was properly writing about his own love affair with Viola. He only changed the names. I believe that is why the connections are so huge. * How did you like the ending of the film?
The ending is very classic. And what I like about the ending of the film is that it ends well for the protagonist and terrible for the bad people in the film. * Write a review of the film. How many stars would you give it – why? Give good reasons… Shakespeare in love is a movie that take us to the great love affair William Shakespeare had at the time, he was writing one of his most famous plays. We get to understand where William got all his inspiration from to write the amazing play, and how people in this life are based on the characters in the play including him. **** “A comedy that is based on true love”
University/College: University of Arkansas System
Type of paper: Thesis/Dissertation Chapter
Date: 25 December 2016
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