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 to be together. It could be the reputation that she fell in love with or it could be the person himself that she loves. In the film, Shakespeare has to write and perform a play for the Queen of England. This is a time of many traditions. One of the traditions during the era of Elizabethan Theater, men was the only individual who were allowed to perform on stage. It was absolutely unheard of for a woman to act on stage. That would be a terrible thing for a woman to be on stage.
This difficult obstacle did not stop Viola, who poses as “Thomas” and auditions for Will’s comedy. She is an excellent actor and does a very good job. While I was watching the movie, I could tell a suspicion by Will. “Lady? ” (Norman pg. 51). It is Will saying lady to a boatman. He is wondering if Thomas is a lady. Eventually, Will find out that that actor he had cast to play the part of the starring lady, is actually a woman. Shakespeare and Viola fall deeply in love after working together for a short while. Viola could be viewed as the woman Shakespeare wrote so many of his sonnets about.
However, their love is kept secret because of her true identity. They do everything very quietly and do not get caught. Viola’s maid will even go along with the affair. The comparisons between the play and movie are obvious. The way Viola and Will keep the relationship a secret is very similar to the way Romeo and Juliet keep their relationship a secret. Viola, however, is an upper class, aristocratic woman with whom a marriage is already been arranged. As their affair continues, Will writes more of the play which is now turning out to be a love story that illustrates the actual events taking place in Will’s life, rather than a comedy.
I think that as he writes more and more, his love life deepens and creates a major climax. “You cannot marry Wessex! ” (Norman pg. 86. ) This is Will yelling at Viola not to marry her future husband because he is so madly in love with her. Romeo and Juliet had become fictional characters of Will and Viola. The film shows William Shakespeare’s actual life. We are watching Will write his own future. All the factors surrounding him influenced what he wrote about. Most obviously, he was inspired to write Romeo and Juliet through his passionate relations with Viola. It made his love story spectacular as his very own love life heated up.
In addition, this film took into account a few of Shakespeare’s works and not solely on Romeo and Juliet. For example, the scene in which Will is kissing Viola and then has a sudden idea for his famous Sonnet XVIII, “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day. ” This movie shows the true William Shakespeare. It has parts in the movie that have a similarity to all of his works. The most comparison is Romeo and Juliet. Is it that love really can conquer and take over all? As I watched this movie, I wondered about how powerful love is and how much can it change a person’s life.
Should one follow their heart or should they conform to society’s view as to what is proper? It shows in this film and the play, that sometimes it is right to follow your heart, but in other times it is better to do what is right. If you do not follow what is right, you could have something bad happen to you, such as death. In Romeo and Juliet, the two lovers decide to follow their hearts and do not conform to society’s wishes. As a result, they end up dead and the feud between the Mantagues and Capulets terminates. It shows that no matter how much the two lovers loved each other, it was not worth it because in the end, they both were dead.
In “Shakespeare in Love,” Will lose Viola to her arranged husband, but his love for her lives on, as seen in his later writings. He does not lose her because of death, but because he realized he could no longer have her. “If not Wessex the Queen will no the cause and there will be no more William Shakespeare. ” (Norman pg. 86). This is Viola telling Will why they can not be together. It stinks for them, but that is how it is. Maybe he will learn if he should have proceeded her and stretched the law. On the other hand, he has learned love and it helped him become an even better of a writer.
She proved to be his inspiration for his next book, Twelfth Night, for her name was Viola. It is too bad that they do not fight hard enough. The society was the winners by the end of the story. Both characters meet society’s wishes and therefore return to their normal lives never being the same. Will and Viola do not fight hard enough to be together. They let society’s views, especially those of Queen Elizabeth I tell them how to live and who they can be with. They were not allowed to follow their dreams because of some stupid laws or rules. The problem is that sometimes laws are good, but other times they are wrong.
Lord Wessex, Viola’s future husband, only sees Viola as a baby machine and wants to marry her for every reason except love. He does not really love her like Will does. However, the Queen has approved the courtship and although Viola’s heart belongs to Will, she cannot defy her queen. She is forced to try to love Lord Wessex. In opposition from the play, Will and Viola do not follow their hearts; they conform. They just bow down and do not follow love to the end. Unlike Romeo and Juliet, they do not take their love to the extreme. Moreover, no one ends up dead.
No one dies in this movie because everyone lives according to society’s demands. In a way it is sad because the love did not happen, but it saved the lives of two good people. Consequently, even though Will and Viola are torn apart and forced to spend an eternity without each other, Will is still a better man for knowing Viola and his works are now inspired by his one true love. He became a better writer and was able to have his motivation. As it is said, “There is a reason for everything. ” As I have said before, there are many similarities between William Shakespeare and his fictional character, Romeo.
In the play, Romeo was rejected from Rosalind just like Will was in “Shakespeare in Love. ” In addition, both works portrayed the famous balcony scene. That balcony scene is one that is to be remembered forever. “Sam leaves the balcony through the curtain. ” (Norman pg. 64). This is saying about the balcony scene. In addition, the two lovers meet at nighttime, in the same way Romeo and Juliet meet. Also, Romeo and Juliet take place in approximately five days, as does “Shakespeare in Love. ” That is interesting how the time of the two is just about same length.
Both Will and Viola and Romeo and Juliet never have enough time to set things right. Both of the love lives were destroyed forever. Even though their love lives on, they are torn apart forever. Just as there are many similarities, there are several differences. The difference between the film and the play is that the film is an Elizabethan comedy ending in a wedding, not between Will and Viola, contrasted by the tragic death of the two “star-crossed” lovers, Romeo and Juliet, in the play. The ending in the film is different one set of lovers dying and the other set of lovers living life on separated.
Goodbye, my love, a thousand times goodbye. ” (Norman pg. 116). Shows how Viola and Will had to say goodbye to each other. The reason for Will and Viola not being able to be together is because she is already set to be married. The reason for Romeo and Juliet is that there family and groups hate each other. Also, Romeo and Juliet do not get to act with each other like Will and Viola does. Will and Viola got to see each other much more. I have learned from the movie and the play that these are two very different and similar plots.
When I watch the movie Shakespeare in Love, it is like I am watching William Shakespeare live same life as his famous screenplay, Romeo and Juliet. The nice thing about the movie is that no one had to die. Will fall in love with this beautiful woman, Viola de Lesseps. They share a hidden romance. Eventually, they will have to separate because she is already set to marry a man named, Lord Wessex. Sometimes it gets sad to know that they did not get to finish the romance, but Will would use his secret love to be a topic in some of his future love plays. I feel this is a fantastic movie and I would watch it again sometime if I had too.