Shakespeare and S&S
Posted by Kathleen S on December 07, 1997 at 15:44:20:
In response to The Tempest, written by Janie on December 05, 1997 at 01:21:00
] In S&S, Marianne is obsessed with Shakespeare and things like him. She quotes things from the temptest. My question is what is the temptest about and do you think I should read it? Is it decent? Is it extremely hard to read, more so than say Romeo and juilet?
Shakespeare's "The Tempest" is a fairly easy read. I would say that it's about on the same level of hardness/easiness as "Romeo and Juliet." The plot isn't too complex, and the characters are amusing. If you're into romantic happy endings, you'll like this play (as I do). Give it a try. Also, it isn't as long as some of Shakespeare's other plays. By the way, if you've seen the movie (Emma Thompson version), Marianne recites lines from Shakespeare's Sonnet 116, as does Willoughby, and this particular sonnet is mentioned at especially poignant parts of the movie (such as when Willoughby produces his own "pocket" version of sonnets and recites it from memory when visiting Marianne the morning after her fall, and when Marianne visits Combe Magna in the pouring rain and recites lines from it):
"...love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O no, it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken"
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