Shakespeare in Love: Deception for Affection and Betrayal
In Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman’s 1998 Romantic Comedy Shakespeare In Love, the plot was a mix of all different kinds of Shakespearian Works: Twelfth Nigh, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth. Twelfth Night, a story about a lady who had to dress up as a man to she could make a living after a tragic ship wreck. Romeo and Juliet, the tale of two lovers who were forbidden to see each other. Macbeth, a dark love story in which a man kills another to make his wife happy. In these tragedies and comedies deception is used out of love and betrayal to portray a fascinating plot.
Love is a strong theme in most of Shakespearian works. This affection helps multiple people persevere through rough times. Romeo and Juliet is one of the most renowned tragic love stories. Romeo and Juliet’s infatuation for each other is forbidden, but they fall in love and get married secretly with the help of the friar and the nurse. “My only love sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late! Prodigious birth of love it is to me, that I must love a loathed enemy” (Romeo and Juliet, 1.4. 144-147). Juliet spoke about her forbidden love, similarly to Viola’s affection with Shakespeare in Shakespeare in Love. With the help from Queen Elizabeth, Viola gets away with acting, because only men were allowed to act at that time. The queen sends Viola as Thomas Kent to give Shakespeare money for a play he put on and to send Viola out so she can go to Virginia with her new husband. Queen Elizabeth knew that Viola was a woman who acted on stage and that her and Shakespeare were seeing each other back stage. Shakespeare takes the role of Romeo and Viola takes the role of Juliet at the last minute, “This woman is a WOMAN!” (Shakespeare in Love) one man shouts as everyone figures it out, but the Queen deceived everyone and said other wise noticing the affection Viola and Shakespeare had for each other. Viola in Twelfth Night did...
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