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Michael Adkins

March 1, 2007

Morgan-Curtis, TTh 9:40-11:05

 

Journal Entry Assignment 1:

 

     In the 1998 movie about Queen Elizabeth I entitled

 

Elizabeth, Lord Robert Dudley Earl of Leicester, who is

 

played by Joseph Fiennes, is in love with Elizabeth I,

 

played by Cate Blanchett.  This is quite the choice of a

 

lady for Robert Dudley to choose to be in love with because

 

Elizabeth, who is twenty-five years old, has now become the

 

queen of England.  Dudley shows his love for Elizabeth by

 

constantly coming to see her no matter where she is located

 

at the time.  “For God’s sake, you are still my Elizabeth.” 

 

This is one of the main quotes and certainly

 

is Robert Dudley’s best quote in the Elizabeth movie. 

 

     He says the quote at a time in the movie when he has

 

the opportunity to dance with Elizabeth I.  He says the

 

quote to her in order to affirm to Elizabeth the fact that

 

he is truly in love with her.  Of course, Elizabeth

 

does not agree with his saying of the quote due to the fact

 

she is aware that marriage to Robert Dudley would not be

 

possible for her.  She knew he was not a good enough suitor

 

for her.  She also knew that for political reasons she

 

could never marry him.  Elizabeth additionally comes to

 

find out that Robert Dudley is already married.  Dudley is

 

married to a woman named Amy. 

 

     According to the biographical account of Elizabeth I

 

entitled The Virgin Queen by Christopher Hibbert, Amy and

 

Robert are married to each other, but he wants to dispose

 

of her in some way so he can marry Elizabeth (Hibbert 64).

 

Forunately for Robert Dudley, Amy eventually dies due to

 

taking a tragic fall down a staircase (Hibbert 81). 

 

Unfortunately for Robert Dudley, the death of Amy is

 

considered by some to have been a deliberate act

 

concocted by Dudley so that his wife would die, leaving him

 

with the opportunity to marry the one woman he truly wanted

 

to marry, his Elizabeth. 

 

     Due to the controversy surrounding Amy’s death, Dudley

 

was not able to marry Elizabeth.  She knew that even though

 

he really did love her, Elizabeth knew that the controversy

 

surrounding the death of Dudley’s wife would hurt the

 

reputation that she had to uphold being the queen in

 

England.  Elizabeth knew marrying Robert Dudley would be

 

her decision to force at least possible if not certain

 

death upon herself.  Elizabeth was a smart woman, and

  

despite her interest and love for Robert Dudley, she had

 

the intelligence to know that she could never marry him

 

under any circumstances.

 

     There is one scene in the movie Elizabeth in which

 

Elizabeth and Robert Dudley are riding together in a boat.

 

While the two of them are enjoying the company of each

 

other, an assassination attempt is made on Elizabeth.

 

Neither Elizabeth nor Robert Dudley is killed in the

 

assassination attempt, but the occurrence causes security

 

for Elizabeth to be heightened.  When Elizabeth is safely

 

returned back to the castle, Robert Dudley makes his

 

attempt to try to see her.  He wants to see her to make

 

sure she is in good condition.  Unfortunately for Dudley,

 

the decision has been made that no one can see Elizabeth in

 

her room.  Robert Dudley still tries to see Elizabeth but

 

is informed that no one can see Elizabeth in her room.  The

 

“no one” list includes Robert Dudley.  Robert Dudley is not

 

very pleased, amused, or happy in regards to the fact he is

 

unable to have the pleasure of being in her presence once

 

more.  Dudley shows his love in this scene of the movie

  

because he has the ultimate desire in him to be able to see

 

his Elizabeth but is not granted any type of access to see

 

the woman that he at least gives the appearance that he

 

truly loves her. 

 

     Perhaps, Robert Dudley may truly love Elizabeth or

 

perhaps he may truly not.  The fact of the matter is that

 

Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley do not have the option to

 

marry each other.  He may want marriage with her; she may

 

even want marriage with him; however, there is no way in

 

England that the union of these two individuals will be

 

granted approval by anyone in England.  The circumstances

 

and all of the responsibilities of the crown of England for

 

Queen Elizabeth I just do not mix with the concept of her

 

marrying Robert Dudley, really with the concept of her

 

marrying anyone.  Thus, Robert Dudley is able to love

 

Elizabeth; Elizabeth is able to love him, but Elizabeth

 

must stay unmarried.

 

 

Works Cited:

 

“Elizabeth.” Dir. Shekhar Kapur. Videocassette. 1998.

 

"Elizabeth (1998)." Internet Movie Database. 2007.

     06 Feb. 2007 <www.imdb.com>.

 

Hibbert, Christopher. The Virgin Queen.

     Cambridge, Massachusetts: Perseus Books, 1991. 3-265.