Modern Adaptation HelpI need to do an adaptation for my Shakespeare class. What I need is helping finding a quote from Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Measure for Measure, and/or Winter's Tale. The quote...

Modern Adaptation Help

I need to do an adaptation for my Shakespeare class. What I need is helping finding a quote from Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Measure for Measure, and/or Winter's Tale. The quote can be from a book, movie, music, or paining. I am not very good at catching stuffing like this. I would really appreciate the help. Anything is appreciated!! Thanks.

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linda-allen eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Let me see if I understand what you're asking for. You don't want to quote Shakespeare yourself; you want an example of how someone else quoted Shakespeare in a movie or a song or some other work. In other words, you are looking for allusions.

The first song that comes to my mind is "Just Like Romeo and Juliet," an old song by the Reflections. There are many movies based on Shakespeare or that make allusions to his plays and sonnets. One that comes to mind is Drew Barrymore's "Never Been Kissed," which is loosely based on Shakespeare's "As You Like It." Her character falls in love with the English teacher, and they quote from Shakespeare several times. There is one scene in which the teacher asks what Shakespeare meant by "All the world´s a stage,..." Rent the movie--you might enjoy it.

missjenn eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Some other good resources could be Cole Porter's hilarious song, "Brush Up on Your Shakespeare" from the musical "kiss me kate."

You could also look at films such as "joe macbeth," "10 things I hate about you," "O" (A film with Julia Stiles), "Scotland, PA," the Simpson's episodes parodying Shakespeare, "Shakespeare in Love," or "West Side Story."

There are so many allusion and or works inspired by Shakespeare! You wouldn't realize it half the time too! Think about the Taylor Swift song!

If you need specific quotes a tv series or a movie used from an original Shakespeare play, turn to shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In the Episode "The Dark Age," Giles quotes from Hamlet "And the rest is silence," which is also used in the Buffy movie.

Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This theme of light and dark to which you are referring is, I think, from the balcony scene.  Several elements contribute to this theme.  One, Romeo has been in the darkness of depression over his lost Rosaline, he has come to the Capulet party in disguise, he has not revealed his name (though Juliet does find out), what he speaks about Juliet is not heard by her (she is in the dark), and he is literally in the darkness of shadows beneath her balcony.  In contrast, Juliet is innocent of love, she is known to Romeo as a Capulet from the beginning, she is out on the open balcony, she is open about her feelings for Romeo before she knows he's listening, and is certainly so again once she is talking directly to him.  An interesting idea to pursue. 

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As I understand it, you need to find allusions to Shakespeare's plays in modern movies or books and so on.  I have found that the best way to do this is to look up the play on Wikipedia, because they have wonderful lists of allusions in popular culture.

tottenville | Student

I am in need of help.I need to explain Juliet is in the light and Romeo is in the dark. Explain why this contrast in light is important to this scene.

vjzrbrown | Student

What about all the worlds indeed a stage and we are merely players, performers and portrayers....that's in a song by Rush.

megchelle | Student

I need the quote to be in music a movie or another book. So I can't just pick a quote it has to be something that is already being used. Like I know the qoute "something wicked this way comes" has been used in a movie and a song but I can't remember which one, and I know there are others. The quotes just have to be from thsoe four plays. Then I have to analyis why the person decided to use that quote at that time in the movie book or song.

epollock | Student

If all you do is need help finding a quote, then I think if you have a copy of any play around, that should help you out a lot. What are you going to do with the quote, and why do you only need one quote? You should be able to find all of the plays on-line simply by typing the name Shakespeare into any search engine.