The Truth and Nature of Love in 'Shakespeare in Love' Essay

1216 Words Apr 3rd, 2013 5 Pages
Describe an idea that interested you in a text you have studied. Explain why this idea interested you using visual/verbal techniques to support your answer.

John Madden’s Shakespeare in Love is a ‘romantic comedy’ set in the class-dominated society of Elizabethan England. The two protagonists and “Star-crossed lovers” of the film come from completely different ends of the class spectrum. Will Shakespeare is a “lowly player” with writer’s block searching for his muse and wealthy Viola De Lesseps who dreams of “love as there has never been in a play” are fortune’s fools as the viewer must come to realise that love cannot conquer all. Madden conveys the division between Will and Viola through use of dialogue, mis-en-scene, camera shots
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However I admired and appreciated the two protagonists for going against the laws of society and seeing each other in secret struggling to convince themselves that “love knows nothing of rank or riverbank.”

Throughout the film the viewer is constantly reminded of the difference between Will and Viola’s respective positions in the hierarchy of the age and however strong it may be their love is not one that will last the expectations and realities of Elizabethan England. Madden engrains this into the viewer through mis-en-scene and camera shots. Viola’s stately home is an immediate indicator that she will serve as a foil to Will. Despite their shared passion for the arts almost everything else about Will and Viola differs. When the viewer is introduced to Will Shakespeare he does not live up to the expectations viewers of today have based on the playwright he will become. Will currently lives in what appears to be a run-down, dirty London boarding house. His room is compact and the walls stained and bare. It is void of furniture save a small writing desk, table and stool. His bed is in a small loft atop a ladder and we viewers are reminded, “actors are two-a-penny” a strange contrast to today’s idolism of all those to grace the silver screen. Viola’s mansion completely differs to Will’s

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