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This assignment is an analysis of William Shakespeare, his plays and their impact on Hollywood.  The object is to better understand and appreciate similarities and differences between Shakespearean theatre and film as an art, and to gain insights into various aspects of society, as reflected in the film versions.

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Select one of the following plays by William Shakespeare, which have also been made into a film.

      • Hamlet  (vs. updated 2000 film of same name)
      • The Taming of the Shrew  (vs. 1999 film 10 Things I Hate About You)
      • Romeo and Juliet  (vs. 1996 film William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet)
      • Macbeth (vs. 2001 film Scotland, PA)
      • The Tempest  (vs. 1956 sci-fi film Forbidden Planet)

Examine and determine the various ways the film version departs from and/or adheres to the original play.  Then offer reasons why these differences were more (or less) effective than the original.  Factors to consider when preparing this analysis could include (but should not be limited by) the following:

      • the existence of critical issues in society at the time the film was made
      • while the plays are considered excellent examples of dramatic literature, the film versions (as art) are subjective
      • Shakespeare’s storytelling to a theatre audience vs Hollywood’s message to a larger mass audience

This assignment should be typed and proofread (3-4 pages in length).  Think originality and creativity, both in your writing and in the way you present it.  Some additional research may be needed.  Writings from scholarly journals or other sources may help illustrate your thoughts.  Remember to document your sources.  Early submissions are always accepted.  This assignment will be graded according to the Assignment #2 Rubric.

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