The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2390 Friday, 19 October 2001
Date: Thursday, 18 Oct 2001 09:44:01 EDT
Subject: Sir Toby et al
<< Are we making the assumption that because he agrees to marry her, he
must love her? I would have to respond that there are a whole lot of
reasons why people get married in Shakespeare plays, and love isn't the
only one. >>
The assumption of a love story is not naive in a play about the love of
love, being in love, unrequited love, silly love, and mixed up love. It
is certainly a romance and deciding that Sebastian is only a fortune
hunter diminishes it charm and power. Is it so very difficult to
believe in love at first sight? The theatre is after all a form which
condenses and intensifies human interactions. How long does Viola have
to fall in love with the Duke? or Olivia to fall in love with Viola?
Most plays, Shakespearean or not are about love of some kind, love of
country, love of self, unrequited love, denial of love, twisted love and
so on and so on. Love is the ground upon which drama stands, it does
not need absolute textual reference.
Jane Drake Brody
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