Make a Donation

Consider making a donation to support SHAKSPER.

Subscribe to Our Feeds

Current Postings RSS

Announcements RSS

Home :: Archive :: 2002 :: October ::
Naught's Well
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2073  Monday, 14 October 2002

From:           Charles Weinstein <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
Date:           Sunday, 13 Oct 2002 17:26:44 -0400
Subject:        Naught's Well

A young man is forced to marry a woman whom he does not love.  We are
asked to sanction this, on the strange theory that he should love her.
Other Shakespeare plays invoke no sympathy for coercive matchmaking
where daughters are concerned.  In this play, however, we are asked to
discount our belief in what many of us regard as a fundamental human
right:  that of freely choosing one's life partner.  For a 21st-century
reader, this does present a "problem," and one which he may find
insuperable.  Some people see this play as the story of a young woman
who achieves her heart's desire through a combination of skill, cunning
and boldness.  Others may see it as the story of a young man struggling
to free his balls from the vise-like grip of his shotgun bride.  That he
fails to do so, and that we are meant to celebrate the failure, makes
All's Well as repugnant to men as Shrew is to women.

--Charles Weinstein

_______________________________________________________________
S H A K S P E R: The Global Shakespeare Discussion List
Hardy M. Cook, 
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
The S H A K S P E R Web Site <http://www.shaksper.net>

DISCLAIMER: Although SHAKSPER is a moderated discussion list, the
opinions expressed on it are the sole property of the poster, and the
editor assumes no responsibility for them.
 

Other Messages In This Thread

©2011 Hardy Cook. All rights reserved.