The story of Romeo and Juliet has been told a thousand times, for hundreds of years. Even so, writers and storytellers tell their own variations of Romeo and Juliet, each with a different twist. Even Shakespeare in Love is a variation of the play William Shakespeare wrote. The movie is the classic Romeo and Juliet, but with a twist, the main lovers are William Shakespeare and a woman named Viola de Lesseps. Does that name sound familiar? It should, Viola is the main character of the Twelfth night. In the movie Shakespeare in Love, another rendition of Romeo and Juliet, there is a great impact of social class that affects the characters and the movie. .
The story of Shakespeare in Love is that the playwright William Shakespeare has sold his future play to two different men and theaters (Shakespeare in Love). His only problem is not that though, instead poor William has too many ideas and cannot settle on just one. William sets out on a search for his muse, the woman that will inspire his next brilliant play. Attempt after attempt leads to only failure. Then as if his wish was granted, Viola appears. She appears to him at first as a Thomas Kent. Viola dresses as a man because her main dream is to be an actress, illegal at the time for women. She adores Shakespeare's plays and wins the role of Romeo in his latest play, Romeo and Ethel the Pirates Daughter. William sees through her disguise and they begin a love affair. .
Their love is not to be though, Viola de Lesseps is to marry sour Lord Wessex and William is already married. Separated by social classes but brought together by their love. Their love is so strong and powerful that it comes to life in the play Shakespeare is writing, Romeo and Juliet. The movie revolves around the love affair between Shakespeare and Viola. If only they were in the same social class, if only Viola was not to be wed to lord Wessex, if only she was a poor woman with ambition.