Shakespeare in Love
- Fact or fiction?
Of course the movie “Shakespeare in Love” is not a completely believable
portrayal of Shakespeare’s life and times, because it is a Hollywood production. A lot of it
features fit well with the historical facts, but it is obvious that many things are modernized
and appears in the movie, just to make it more humorous. It is not certain that Shakespeare
had mistresses during his stay in London, like it is portrayed in the movie. When he moved to
London – leaving his wife Anne Hathaway behind in Stratford – no one knows if he found
himself a new love, but the scriptwriter had good reason to assume this, because “every
writer needs a muse”.
The whole plot in the movie is most possibly fiction – inspired by
Shakespeare’s comedy “Twelfth Night” where a woman dresses like a man. The movie
suggests that the situation with Viola is what inspired Shakespeare to write “Twelfth Night”,
I personally doubt this because the whole scenery just reeks of Hollywood romance. As
mentioned before, a lot of historical facts are included in the movie. Take for instance the
queen – Queen Elisabeth I – her personality is historically described as powerful, unorthodox
and very independent. It is assumed that Queen Elisabeth I not only was a woman in a man’s
position, but that she also acted like one. This is reflected in the movie, because the queen is
not that into romance and drama – what she likes best is the part with the dog!
It seems like the movie takes a starting-point in the actual historical events
known to take place, and from that it builds up a fictive plot. So the movie is not a
documentary on the life of...