The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: 1968
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
Series: Folger Shakespeare Library
The Two Gentlemen of Verona is probably one of Shakespeare's earliest plays. It's also one of those Shakespeare plays that people like to get their hate on for purely anachronistic reasons. In it, Shakespeare once again fails to parrot the morality of an uncritical middle class North American and ...
While The Two Gentlemen of Verona is likely the Bard at his consummate worst, it is also one of his early plays, and is not without enjoyment in its own right. Herein is the early development of some of his major themes in comedy: disguise, homosocial relations, friendship, betrayal, misguided love....
Woo boy. That ending is pretty repulsive.
Though considered a comedy, there wasn’t much to laugh about. There’s some humorous banter between the servants and some decent punning along the way. Lies, cross-dressing and love all seem to be surefire ingredients for some laughs, but it all seems rather heavy-handed as Proteus systematically b...
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