Zeffereli didn’t quite make the emotions of the characters believable to the audience; it was quite slow, boring and unclear. In Lurhman’s version, he really catches the intensity of Romeo and Juliet’s love, and how crazy their passion for each other is. First example could be the scene where they first meet at the Capulet party. When they meet, you can obviously see that they immediately fall in love, and already have troubles going separate ways. This is shown clearly in lurhmans version; he captures the depth of their immediate obsession.
Paris’s insincere love does no justice to his case; in fact, it serves to further illuminate the legitimacy of Romeo’s adoration. There are three causes of Paris’s apparent love: social obligation, political and economic advantage, and being in love with the idea of love. As far as the first motive goes, Paris may be obligated to maintain the appearance of love in order to retain social propriety. As a member of a royal family, and the bearer of the title “County,” certain standards of conduct are expected from him. If, after his betrothed dies, he immediately starts wooing another girl, his reputation as a fine and upstanding gentleman will be ruined, and he will be hard-pressed to find a new wife of appropriate status.
Benedick’s “bachelor” attitude that he uses as a form of protection initially dominates his character as maliciously rude, witty and obnoxious, he swears that he “truly” loves “none” as he will die “with anger, with sickness, or with hunger but not with love”. This head-strong act that he shows is, yet again, changed instantly as soon as he is given the idea that he is loved back by Beatrice, he transforms in to a romance ridden fool as he assumed her love “must be requited!”. He doesn’t really question any costs to his reputation as a bachelor because love has altered him up to the point of not caring for other’s opinion…Shakespeare again shows how much love taints personal integrity. On the other hand,
The main form of deception that most readers would look to, would be Viola’s physical disguise as a male ’Cesario’, which is extremely pivotal to the main plot that contributes to the comedy side to the play. ‘Disguise what I am’. Here she addresses the captain and tells him to disguise her current appearance. Later it becomes evident that the fluctuation in attitude to the double role imposed on the character of viola ends up benefiting the storyline as she wins the trust of Orsino. Moreover by taking on the role of a male she would have more liberty in the patriarchal society.
As Harold Love suggested, Restoration Comedy foregrounds “the tyranny of the passion and the fragility of pretension”. Plot Summary of The Man of Mode The Man of Mode has two main plots. Dorimant the “genteel rake” wants to break up with his lover Mrs Loveit because he is tired of her, and he intends to seduce her intimate friend Belinda. Meanwhile, Harriet Woodvill comes to town from the country and proves a more exciting conquest for Dorimant. Dorimant seems to fall in love with Harriet, however both of them do not want to let the other know of their feelings.
He says that ‘till all graces be in one woman, one woman shall not be in my grace,’ which the audience may perceive as Benedick being very particular about his choice of women. ‘Her hair shall be of what colour it please God’ suggesting that Benedick does not want to have anything to do with loving a woman, and therefore influencing her decisions. This could also be interpreted as Benedick being very indignant because he has been hurt by love before and there for is quite vulnerable in the sense he does not want to let his guard down. The audience perceive his outlook as slightly weary and nervous to fall into love again, and he
This provokes Benvolio because Mercutio is accusing him of being hot-headed for no reason, this is ironic because Mercutio is the hot-headed, fiery one while Benvolio tries to keep the peace and avoid a fight. In the prologue the audience are told that the play will end in tragedy, so when Tybalt comes into the scene, the audience are on edge because he is looking for trouble. Tybalt says ‘gentlemen, good e’en. A word with one of you.’ This will make the audience excited because this line sounds
He thinks marriage reduces the quality of a man’s life. Benedick is the bachelor who is also fearful of the idea of cuckoldry “I will do myself to trust none” and he would choose to live a “bachelor”. While Beatrice is a fellow Bachelorette who thinks all men are not worthy of her “not till God makes a man of some other metal than earth” Beatrice is a very soft-hearted lady, but does not show this. At the very first mention of Benedick in the play, Beatrice begins with insults and the audiences soon notice that she is trying to hide the fact that she has true feelings for Benedick. However Although Beatrice’s comments to Benedick are considered as rude, the fact that they are so witty, and do that to amuse each other, not a sour tone included, shows us that she doesn't really mean most of the things she says.
Over drinks, Frances confronts him about his wandering eyes and questions his love for her. Michael’s way of looking on women as mere bodies could suggest a kind of degradation, which is to define a woman only as an erotic or sexual figure. Michael reveals that he loves the way women look and when Frances asserts that one-day he will be unfaithful, Michael agrees with her. Frances feels that the day is now ruined and resorts to calling the Stevensons. The universal truth behind this story is that the innate differences between men and women coupled with lack of communication will cause a marriage to stagnate and become an uneasy compromise.
Lady Bracknell would rather have Gwendolen marry a man that knows nothing, rather than a man that knows everything. The love between the two couples is absolutely ridiculous and is based on nonsense. For example, Cecily says to Algernon: “It is always painful to part from people whom one has known for a very brief space of time. The absence of old friends, on can endure with equanimity” (Earnest 54). According to Miss Prism those who are unmarried simply live for pleasure and that marriage is not a pleasurable arrangement.