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“O, she is rich in beauty; only poor that when she dies, with beauty dies her store”: Rosaline in Shakespeare’s sixteenth-century play Romeo and Juliet and Rebecca Serle’s young adult novel When You Were Mine
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
“O, rik på skönhet, är hon arm däri, att, när hon dör, är hennes skatt förbi” : Rosaline i Shakespeares femtonhundratalspjäs Romeo och Julia och Rebecca Serles ungdomsroman When You Were Mine (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

This essay conducts a comparative analysis of the importance of the character Rosaline and the differences in her portrayal in two works: William Shakespeare’s 1590s play Romeo and Juliet and Rebecca Serle’s young adult novel When You Were Mine (2012). The essay especially looks into Rosaline’s importance for Romeo and Juliet’s relationship in the play and the novel. In relation to the play the essay also briefly discusses Franco Zeffirelli’s film adaptation Romeo and Juliet (1968) to show why it is important to keep Rosaline in the story. I argue that Shakespeare and Serle make use of the genres within which they work to tell slightly different versions of the story and Rosaline’s place in it. More specifically, I show how the literary and formal conventions of the genres affect the story by highlighting specific features, characters and events, which results in two works suited for different target audiences. In the end it is clear that Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is made for a Renaissance audience, while When You Were Mine is written for today’s young adults.

Abstract [sv]

I den här uppsatsen genomför jag en jämförande analys gällande karaktären Rosalines betydelse och olikheterna i hennes skildring i två verk: William Shakespeares 1590-talspjäs Romeo och Julia samt Rebecca Serles ungdomsroman When You Were Mine (2012). Uppsatsen undersöker speciellt Rosalines betydelse för Romeo och Julias relation i pjäsen och romanen. I förhållande till pjäsen diskuteras kort Franco Zeffirellis filmadaption Romeo och Julia (1968) för att visa på Rosalines nödvändighet i pjäsen. Jag hävdar att Shakespeare och Serle drar nytta av de olika genrerna de skrivit inom för att berätta två något annorlunda historier och att detta påverkar Rosalines plats i dem. Mer specifikt visar jag hur de olika genrernas litterära och formella konventionerna påverkar historien genom att lyfta fram specifika funktioner, karaktärer så väl som händelser, vilket leder till två olika verk som passar olika målgrupper. I slutändan är det tydligt att Shakespeares Romeo och Julia gjordes för en renässanspublik, medan When You Were Mine skrevs för dagens ungdomar.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 23 p.
Keyword [en]
Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Rebecca Serle, When You Were Mine, Rosaline Capulet, Zeffirelli
Keyword [sv]
Shakespeare, Romeo och Julia, Rebecca Serle, When You Were Mine, Rosaline Capulet, Zeffirelli
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Languages and Literature Specific Literatures General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-40553OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-40553DiVA: diva2:904062
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English
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Available from: 2016-02-26 Created: 2016-02-17 Last updated: 2016-02-26Bibliographically approved

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