Please forward this error screen to sharedip-1601539665. One and romeo and juliet short essay-half to two 45 – 50 minute class periods.
The film clip and the introductory lecture will introduce them to Elizabethan theater and to the London of Shakespeare’s time. When students feel that they know an author as a person, they will be more interested in reading what he or she has written. An introduction to the times in which a play was first performed is helpful in appreciating the artistry and meaning of the work. Shakespeare in Love” presents students with a brilliantly re-imagined world of the Elizabethan stage and Shakespeare’s London. Tom Stoppard’s script cleverly mixes modern allusions, historical characters and events, passages from the play, borrowings from Christopher Marlowe, and visual puns. Students will be able to trace the parallels between the doomed love of Romeo and Juliet, and the impossible love of Will and Viola. Students will get a good sense of Elizabethan stagecraft.
The first 40 minutes of the movie are enough to provide most of the benefits of the film. This snippet does not include the scenes which earned the movie its R rating. The snippet would probably be rated PG-13. There is one scene in which Will interrupts Rosaline in bed with the Master of the Revels. While much about the setting appears to be correct and many of the characters represent people who actually lived and knew Shakespeare, the events of the film are purely fictional.
The snippet consists of the first 40 minutes of the movie, until Will begins to unwrap Viola’s breasts. Review the clip and to make sure it is suitable for the class. Note any words that the class may not understand and use them in vocabulary exercises before showing the movie. The film clip starts at the beginning of the movie. Cue the DVD to start after the coming attractions and the studio logos. Make sure that all necessary materials are available. Teach the class any vocabulary words necessary to appreciate the film.
TWM suggests that the vocabulary include the following: groundling, prose, quil, rank, wordwright, chamber pot, and anon. To get the most out of any work of fiction, it helps to knwo something about their life and the times in which they lived. We know little about William Shakespeare and the conditions in which he lived and worked. Elizabethan England was a society that kept records of births, deaths, property ownership, lawsuits, and the like.
Historians have found some documents about Shakespeare’s early years in Stratford-upon-Avon. There are also some records relating to the time after he became a successful playwright in London. Even if there were records, they would probably shed little light on Shakespeare’s life as he gained experience in the Elizabethan theater. In “Shakespeare in Love” the screenwriters imagine how that leap might have occurred. Much of the setting is accurate. The two theaters, “The Curtain” and “The Rose” were located on opposite sides of the Thames River and competed with each other.
Women were not allowed to appear on stage and their roles were played by boys or men with high-pitched voices and androgenous looks. The Queen’s patronage was important for the theater, and she saw several of Shakespeare’s plays. At the time, Christopher Marlowe was considered to be the greatest playwright of his day but Marlowe’s life was cut short in a bar fight in 1593. In Elizabethan England, there was a great threat from the Plague which resulted in the closing of the play houses to try to keep the disease from spreading. Shakespeare did have a wife in his home town. Philip Henslowe, owner of the Rose.
Characters representing Ned Alleyn and William Kempe, both actors who appeared in Shakespeare’s plays, also appear in the movie. Other characters are fictional, most importantly, Viola, the major female character, and her fiance, Lord Wessex. On a few occasions the screenwriters have dramatically altered history for the purpose of making the story more interesting. The Queen would never have put on the clothes of a commoner to attend the theater. The theater came to the Queen and performances were staged at her castles. One important and accurate impression left by the film is that England in Shakespeare’s time was a society in which talent and hard work would allow some people to improve their position in society. This was a time when the Renaissance was taking hold in England and when the rigid class divisions and social structures of the Middle Ages were breaking apart.
The Plague, which led to the untimely death of young adults and lateral vocational movement – if the blacksmith’s son died, the miller’s son might be able to take his place as an apprentice instead of being limited to carrying on his family’s milling business. Shakespeare himself is an example of a man who, through talent and hard work, rose from modest beginnings to the top of the artistic world. This was also seen in some of the characters that populate Shakespeare’s plays. One of his famous tragic heroes was a dark-skinned Moor who was able to transcend his race and origins to become a high ranking general in the Venetian military and to marry a white woman, the beautiful Desdemona. Graphic representations of social mobility can be helpful to show the inability to change one’s social position in the Middle Ages and the ability the move among vocations and to better oneself in the Renaissance. Actors were considered to be low-life characters with little social standing. Show the locations of the River Thames, South London, and The Rose.