MTI’s Masterpiece Literature Presents: 21st Century Shakespeare

After the fall of the Roman Empire, English orphan Tristan meets and falls in love with Irish princess Isolde, however she is set to marry Lord Marke, who raised Tristan. While unaware of her identity, Tristan has won her hand in marriage for his lord and future king of the two countries, but now the passion of the two young people causes a rift leading to a devastating battle. Many people say that before there was Romeo and Juliet, there was Tristan and Isolde.

The difference between Hamlet and Tristan and Isolde is that Hamlet’s uncle murdered his father, and  Hamlet is dedicated on getting revenge because the ghost of Hamlets father came to him and told him to seek revenge. Tristan lost his parents right in front of him because of the invasion of the Irish, and when Tristan grew up he took out the man that took out his parents, but he wasn’t dedicated on getting revenge. The similarities between the two is that Hamlet Is very passionate in doing what he wants to do, (He had to make people believe that he was crazy in order to seek revenge), and so is Tristan. He had to pretend that he wasn’t in love with the Ireland princess so that his Lord would be happy, even though it didn’t last that long.

Hamlet and Tristan both lost someone dear to them. Hamlet lost his father and Tristan lost both his father and mother. Hamlet and Tristan are both determined in there goals and no matter if something gets in there way they will do what they can to get there goals done. Hamlets Mother Gertrude lost her husband to the murderous hands of her husbands brother which is know her husband. Isolde is in love with Tristian. Isolde is Irish and Tristan is British. Isolde didn’t tell Tristan her real name and because of that Tristan fought for her in a duel for marriage but he was fighting on the behalf of his lord Marke. so even thought she’s in love with Tristan she is married to his lord.

In Tristan and Isolde, the antagonists would be the Irish because it takes place in a time when the British and Irish are at war. The Irish will do any and everything to destroy the British especially considering that Tristan won their Ireland princess Isolde to marry his lord Marke. Isolde was set to marry Morholt,(the man that killed Tristan parents), not that she wanted to. Lord Marke is the Lord of England, and the man that raised Tristan after the death of his parents.

Hamlets poetic qualities and Tristan and Isolde poetic qualities are very different and also very similar. Hamlet is written with a lot of poetry. Almost every line in Hamlet is poetic, but the dialogue of Hamlet is very difficult to understand because of the time period that Hamlet takes place in. Tristan and Isolde is poetic also. you can also understand Tristan and Isolde, which is why I like it more. Although Tristan and Isolde takes place circa, the year 600, the dialogue is transformed to where you can understand it.

Hamlet is universal because Hamlet is themed of love and loss. Love and loss is universal. Hamlet loved his father deeply, but then he got murdered by his brother. Love and loss. Ophelia loved her father and also loved Hamlet. Ophelia’s father got murdered by Hamlet which caused Ophelia to commit suicide. Again, Love and Loss. Everyone in the universe has gone through love and loss, no  matter the situation. So that’s why Hamlet is universal. Tristan and Isolde also have the universal theme of love and loss. Tristan loved Isolde but lost her to his Lord. Isolde loved Tristan but lost him because Tristan didn’t want to disappoint his lord. Everyone haves something they want but they might not be able to have. that’s universal.

Hamlet should be remembered today as a great story. Hamlet is based upon revenge, the revenge hamlet needs for his father. The play shows that in getting revenge there are many obstacles to over come. You also have conflict. Internal and External. Hamlets internal conflict is getting to a point of where he would be able to convince himself to kill his uncle. His external conflict is all of the people who he have to hurt that he even don’t know he’s going to hurt, and the people that are going to hurt him. the point is that hamlet should be remembered in the fact that revenge is not always a good thing to seek because in the end it can end in not only your own death but people that you love can also end up hurt. Tristan should be remembered in the fact of love and honesty. If your honest with yourself and others than things might end up better for you than the out come of you lying even if you think that lying will help someone. remember that love concerns all. Tristan fell in love with Isolde when she helped him get rid of the poison. Isolde lied about her name. When Tristan arrived back in England (because the Irish discovered that there was an enemy boat at shore), He decided to go and fight for a princess so his Lord Marke would have a Queen. Because Isolde didn’t tell him her real name, Tristan won the battle and won Isolde for his Lord Marke. When they discovered this, Tristan decided to keep it a secret because he didn’t want to disappoint Lord Marke. Tristan and Isolde couldn’t continue to hide their love for each other. because of this, Lord Marke caught Tristan and Isolde together and kicked Tristan out of the empire. When the Irish invaded the British empire Tristan ended up getting stabbed and dying. Tristan and Isolde is about, love, faith, and honesty: that’s what people can take away from the movie that I proclaim as the greatest movie in the 21st century.

— Sheirdijah Brown


One thought on “MTI’s Masterpiece Literature Presents: 21st Century Shakespeare

  1. I have never seen this movie before, but i have to agree it does sound like a great story. I can see the similarities and differences between this two stories. I have to agree, as mention in the above summary both characters sound determined to do what they set themselves for. Both fighting for what they believe in.


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