Romeo and Juliet is said to be one of the greatest tragedies ever told while Shakespeare in Love is said to be a comedy about the greatest love story almost never told. Already you can see some similarity in the stories. Shakespeare in Love is a story about the man that supposedly wrote Romeo and Juliet. There is a lot of reference to many of Shakespeare’s plays and actual life in Shakespeare in Love but at the same time it has a lot of resemblance to the story of Romeo and Juliet. I wonder sometimes if Shakespeare came up with Romeo and Juliet from first hand experience. And that is what I’m going to do, simply compare and contrast Romeo and Juliet and Shakespeare in Love.
What is the foremost similarity between the two tales? Both stories are eagerly set around love and the obstacles you have to face when you’re in love. They are also both centered on a young man and woman who are at different stages in life. The woman has to marry someone out of the society’s wishes but she herself is a cheery, full of life and love character. The man is an artsy, hopeful and soulful type as well in both stories. Both Juliet and Viola have a strong love and support system coming from their Nurse. In both stories there is a main conflict arising since the beginning. In Romeo and Juliet that would be the family feuds, and in Shakespeare in Love it would be the competition between the two theatres and their fight against the vindictive government.
What is the principal variation between the two fictions? The fact that Shakespeare in Love does not finish in death, the ending is actually quite hopefully and peaceful. The movie runs over a period of a couple of weeks whereas Romeo and Juliet expire in a matter of days. In the end the heroine does marry the antagonist in Shakespeare in Love but in Romeo and Juliet, she is too far-gone. I would also like to point out that the man to marry the heroine is in fact an antagonist in Shakespeare in L