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Correlating Scenes
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1197  Monday, 7 June 2004

From:           Susan St. John <
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Date:           Sunday, 06 Jun 2004 10:31:26 -0700
Subject:        Correlating Scenes

Dear list members,

I am going to be teaching, studying and producing "Two Gents" with my
high school advanced actors in the fall.  Hoping to expose them to a bit
broader scope of Shakespeare's work, as well as the idea that he
recycled plots and characters, and tie-in some of the ideas to the
students own experiences, I would like to present some scenes from a
variety of SH plays that echo, or contradict, scenes in TGV.

For example:
TG, II-vii, when Lucetta and Julia discuss how to disguise oneself as a boy
correlates to
AYLI, I-iii between Celia and Rosalind
12thN, I-ii Viola and the Capitan
MOV, III-iv, Nerissa and Portia

I know there are more...doesn't Cymbeline disguise herself as a boy?
How many plays do use that convention??  Since I don't have time to read
the entire canon I was hoping you could give me some help identifying
other scenes. Or perhaps pointing me to a resource list of correlating
scenes that someone may have already compiled.

In addition to the girl in disguise discussion I was considering the
description of what it is to be in love: TG, I-i, Valentine and Proteus
TG, II-i, Speed and Valentine
AYLI, III-ii, Rosalind (as Ganymead) and Orlando
AYLI, V-ii, Silvius, et al

Also, the the description of a woman (specifically by clown characters):
TG, III-ii, Launce and Speed
COE, III-ii, Antipholus and Dromio of Syracuse

Using a rope ladder to climb to your love's room
TG, III-i, Valentine and the Duke
R&J, II-iv, Romeo and Nurse

I'm sure there are a dozen other comparisons to R&J...Valentine
confessing his love to Proteus, Romeo to the friar, Julia to Lucetta,
Juliet to the Nurse.

Are there any other scenes in TGV that lend themselves to comparison??

I greatly appreciate having this forum, and access to this collection of
learned minds.

Thanks in advance for your help,
Susan.

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