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Re: Heaven and Christ Images in All's Well
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1678  Tuesday, 23 July 2002

From:           Mari Bonomi <
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Date:           Monday, 22 Jul 2002 10:16:27 -0400
Subject: 13.1670 Re: Heaven and Christ Images in All's Well
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1670 Re: Heaven and Christ Images in All's Well

I was struck by what Sean Lawrence said, and I don't know if my reaction
is intellectual or personal/social.  He equates Isabella's refusal of
sexual coercion with Bertram's refusal of marriage.  I would argue that
there is a distinct difference: Bertram has no problem with committing
adultery, as I understand him.  So it's metaphorical fruits and veggies,
if you will: sex in the first case, legal/social ties that bind in the
second.  I think there are other differences as well, and I very much
liked Annalisa Castaldo's explication of the fairy-tale role reversal in
the case of Bertram.

Mari Bonomi

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