the love affair Will embarks on with Viola becomes the plot of his play
at the same time, the plot of R&J provides the basis for the plot of the film
a marriage is being arranged for Juliet and for Viola;
Romeo is in love with' Rosaline; Will is married
Romeo and Juliet are divided by their families' feud; Will and Viola by class barrier and family duty
Wessex is both the unwelcome husband (Paris) and the avenger (Tybalt)
Viola's nurse becomes Juliet's nurse
Mercutio's "Queen Mab" speech not really necessary to the plot of R&J - is a sop to Ned Alleyn, the senior member of the company.
the apothecary another R&J character who is not strictly necessary is suddenly invented to distract Fennyman away from Viola/Thomas Kent
at the climax of the story, before things start to go wrong, the rehearsal of the play is intercut with Viola and Will making love, so that the words take on the resonance of the reality'; it ends humorously: "Will thou leave me so unsatisfied? /That's my line."
The tragedy hinges on poor timing: Juliet wakes from her drug just too late to stop Romeo. Note how many times in the film Viola and Will are shown with one of them asleep and the other awake.
Dialogue from the play is used and re-used such as Juliet's "Anon, good nurse."
In the boat, Will and Viola use oxymorons sickness/cure, rain/sun like those used by Romeo
"Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou. . ." ® "Romeo, Romeo, a young man of Verona."
"O I am Fortune's fool" said in the garden, and reprised at end
Lines are quoted with double meanings: "I will come again," and "I am afeared,/... [continues]
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