Queen Elizabeth is portrayed as a smart monarch and humane woman in Shakespeare in Love. Elizabeth is a dignified and clever monarch: nobody can escape from the attention of her eyes, including Shakespeare. After the Romeo and Juliet performance, she appears and calls to Shakespeare: “Next time you come to Greenwich, come as yourself.” This means that she knew he pretended to be a nurse at the party night. The Queen gives a hint to let Shakespeare know she knows his secret, but she doesn’t expose it in the public. Elizabeth is also a humane woman: although woman cannot play on the stage, she still uses her power to cover Viola is “crime”. She calls Viola “Master Kent”, her male name, and says: “I know something of a woman in a man’s profession. Yes, by God, I do know about that.” Elizabeth sees her shadow on Viola: a tough woman tries hard to strive for her rights in male society. Because they are women, they need to pay more vigor, time, and energy than the men to get what they want: big as a throne, small as a work position. Elizabeth knows Viola, and sympathizes with her as a woman, so she forgives how Viola breaks rules. After the Queen steps out of the theater, Lord Wessex asks for his bride, and then Queen knows the true love between Shakespeare and Viola, but remands them that only god can break marriage. She has the highest power and humane heart, but she cannot help Viola again: She is forceless before God, the only thing she can do is “save” her from the rule that made by human. As a monarch, the Queen Elizabeth is smart and imperatorial, but her insights is a beneficent and brave woman.
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