However, in the production described by Bulman, Olivia and Viola are both obviously played by men. Even when gender confusion is straightened out at the end of the play, the audience still sees members of the same sex marrying each other due to the all-male cast. Trevor Nunn’s 1996 film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night used a traditional cast of females playing female characters and males playing male characters. Although the film maintained comical elements with a cast of both genders, it removed suggestive elements from Shakespeare’s original play. For example, Shakespeare wrote Antonio telling Sebastian, “I could not stay behind you.
He wishes that “…the Everlasting had not fixed/ His cannon ‘gainst self-slaughter” (1.2.135-36). Hamlet is overwrought by the situation. He used to admire his mother for how much she loved King Hamlet, but now he just sees her as a wanton woman in an incestuous marriage with a vile man that he despises. Above all else, Hamlet is shocked at his mother’s prompt remarriage, and he is disappointed that she would sink to such a low level (Bradley 104). In Hamlet’s opinion “…a beast that wants discourse of reason/ Would have mourned longer” (1.2.
Perceptions of Love in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare Bearing in mind that 'Romeo and Juliet´ is one of the most famous love stories ever written, examine Shakespeare´s presentation of 'love´ referring closely to the language used by different characters. The play 'Romeo and Juliet´ presents true love in the form of 'star-crossed lovers´ and just as their love is depicted as eternal, the play itself has endured for years. There have been many adaptations of the play in the forms of books, films, ballets and plays. Several books have been loosely based on the story, involving young lovers of different religion or different race who are not permitted to be together. These are always very popular because people want to find true love.
In other words, this sort of extended theme that is carried into almost all his works involving the endowment that is love and its potential is clearly something significant to Shakespeare and something that he felt his audience should acknowledge. The indisputable bliss he feels when he finally thinks of his beloved suggest that complacency can spring solely from love alone despite any adversity; such as in this case as he is quite apparently lacking in the rest of his life (Davis). In layman's terms, there is power and dependability in love. The use of imagery and other literary elements creates a specific tone and connects back to the motif. Two devices used continually throughout are alliteration and repetition.
Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. New York: Dover, 1992. Print.