Modern-Day Adaptations of Shakespearian Plays

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Adaptation is the process or state of changing to fit new circumstances or conditions, or the resulting change (Encarta® World English Dictionary © 1999 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Developed for Microsoft by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.). When something adapts, or is adapted, it retains the basic content of its former self while taking on new qualities. When a story is adapted, either to a different medium than the one originally used or to a different time or place, the adaptation shows a new interpretation of the story and gives insights into the mindset of the individual that adapted it and the society that created that mind. Some of the most repeatedly adapted stories are those of Shakespeare's plays.…show more content…
One of the stolen objects is a victrola, along with a few records. The fairies float the records in the water and put garlands around the flower horn of the victrola. A similar instance is when Puck comes in contact with the bicycle. At first, he thinks this is some sort of animal that might attack him. Later, the bicycle takes the place of the creature that he rode in the beginning of the film, and he rides it around the world. The nobles represent an aristocracy that no longer exists today as it once did. In the film, they are the people of the present. They are the ones that know how to use the modern technology. All the young nobles are riding their bicycles around the film. At this time, they have it made. But the future rests with the working class. Technology is available to everyone, even the foolish lower class. It is the undoing of the nobles who no longer have something that everyone else lacks. The replacement of the nobles for the fairies and the lower class for the nobles merely serves to console us for the loss of what we no longer have. At the time of the film, the fairies are dying out. They are now only seen at night in the woods. Soon they will be seen no more. With the loss of the fairies comes the loss of magic. There is no more magic in the world. The film takes place in the late 1800s to be a bridge between the time of Shakespeare, the fairies, and the world of today, the
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