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.
“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.